Research Support and Communications Assistant (Fixed Term) Ref 1653

School/department:  University of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit  
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours per week. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). For further details regarding flexible working please follow this link -
Contract: fixed term until August 2021
Reference:  1653
Salary: starting at £21,414 and rising to £24,771 per annum
Placed on: 
5 July 2019
Closing date
26 July 2019.   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date:
5 August 2019
Expected start date:
1 September 2019 

 Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) is a department within the University of Sussex Business School. SPRU is internationally recognised as a leading centre of interdisciplinary research on science, technology and innovation policy.

The Research Support and Communications Assistant role provides administrative support for the research activities, communications and events of three research groups within SPRU: The Sussex Energy Group (SEG), the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) and the Deep Transitions Programme.

The role involves: assisting with project administration, booking travel and accommodation; processing invoices and expenses; website updating, maintaining data and records; and assisting with the organisation of events and workshops.

The position would be suitable for someone with an interest in the research, experience of administration and communications, and an interest in event coordination. We are seeking a highly organised and motivated individual able to multi-task with excellent attention to detail, able to work independently with little supervision, with energy and enthusiasm. Good IT skills, including proficiency in using Microsoft Office and web management systems, as well as excellent written and communication skills are essential.

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