Announcement of opportunity for a Head of Science Co-ordination

Closing date: 16:00 on 12 April 2010

NERC is seeking to appoint a part time Head of Science Co-ordination to lead a Science Co-ordination team working on the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme.

The UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme is a collaborative 5 year programme with a budget of £12·4m funded by NERC, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). It is a Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) accredited programme.

The management of this programme is to be delivered by a team, consisting of a Programme Manager from each of NERC, Defra and DECC, a Programme Administrator located in NERC Swindon Office, an external Science Co-ordination Team, led by a Head of Science Co-ordination, and an external Knowledge Exchange Co-ordinator (already appointed).

The Head of Science Co-ordination will provide strategic leadership for the Ocean Acidification programme, ensuring that the research addresses the stated aims and objectives. He/she will act as a high-level ambassador for the programme, promoting the research agenda and leading on the overall co-ordination and integration of all elements of the programmes’ science and management. This position will be a key lynch-pin in enabling the success of the programme.

The person undertaking this position will be required to have a thorough understanding of both the current and emerging issues in ocean acidification related science research and how these relate to Defra and DECC’s priorities. He/she will be able to identify key opportunities for collaboration and synergy with other activities and be able to represent the research of the Ocean Acidification programme at a national and international level. The Head of Science Co-ordination will also lead the Science Co-ordination Team, overseeing its activities.

Interested individuals/organisations are invited to bid for a tender using the OJEU Restricted Procedure. The first stage of this procedure involves the completion of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). The closing date for submission of PQQs is 16:00 on 12 April 2010.

For further information on the roles of the Head of Science Co-ordination and on how to apply please see the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire below.

Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (268KB)

Please revisit this page in case of further updates, as responses to any relevant questions posed of the procurement process with be posted here.

For further information about this announcement of opportunity please contact:

Jessica Batchelor
Tel: 01793 442831

Natural Environment Research Council, Web site.

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