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Division Head for STFC Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA)

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Division Head for STFC Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA)
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: Band G £61,227 - £68,029 Per Annum 
Contract: Open Ended
Hours: Full time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Great benefits including 30 days holiday + 10.5 public holidays and a 26% contributory pension scheme 
Closing Date for applications 23rd January 2022

About The Role
The Division Head will report directly to the Director of RAL Space, there will be secondary reporting lines to the Executive Directors of National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)

The CEDA Division Head is responsible for:

  • Providing the leadership for the CEDA Division within RAL Space, including
  • establishing an appropriate group structure within the division based on an understanding the importance of people skills: putting people with the right line management
  • establishing an appropriate senior leadership team, including but not necessarily limited to the JASMIN Director and the Heads of CEDA-Atmosphere (appointed by agreement with NCAS) and CEDA-EO (appointed by agreement with NCEO).
  • providing line management for group leaders and other appropriate staff within the division
  • managing the finances of the CEDA division
  • achieving contractual targets for programmes within the division
  • deputising for, and/or serving on such committees and task forces as requested by the RAL Space Director,
  • implementing STFC health and safety requirement

Working with the CEDA Board, the JASMIN Director, the Heads of CEDA Atmosphere and CEDA-EO to establish the CEDA Strategy. This includes developing a sustainable programme with diverse portfolio of funding that complements and enhances CEDA’s delivery of its mission.
Developing and implementing annual CEDA and JASMIN budget plans, taking account of both external (especially NERC) and internal funding constraints.
Developing and implementing CEDA and JASMIN staffing plans, based on internal and external stakeholder requirements and budgetary constraints.
Providing advice to the RAL Space, National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), and National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) directors on the implications of the CEDA and JASMIN strategies on staffing and budgetary requirements.
Attending such meetings as required to ensure regular communication with the CEDA Team and stakeholders.
Managing the relationship with STFC Scientific Computing Department and other suppliers, support, and infrastructure service providers to CEDA
Seeking, and encouraging staff to seek, extra funding (from elsewhere in Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and from third parties) consistent with the strategy.
Developing the Division’s capabilities such that it can meet the scientific and technical challenges which are likely to arise in the future.
Providing NCAS, NCEO, NERC, STFC, and the CEDA board such reports as are required, including output performance measures, quarterly, and annual reports.
Working with other RAL Space division heads to encourage and enable cross divisional collaborations, and to do the same across STFC and the Harwell campus.
Promoting the socio¬economic benefits of the programme, building long-term relationships with both academic, government, and industrial partners.
Promoting the exploitation of, and successes of, JASMIN and CEDA within STFC, NERC, the wider research community, and both industry and government, nationally and internationally.
Support the Director of RAL Space to further enhance RAL Space’s performance and reputation.

About You

  • You will be educated to a minimum of degree level in a scientific discipline (ideally a geophysical/physical science), and a post¬graduate qualification or demonstrated equivalent experience would be desirable.
  • You must be proactive and self-motivated, with a highly organised approach and strong leadership skills.
  • You must also demonstrate highly developed written and verbal communication and influencing skills.

As well as meeting the requirements above, you must have experience in:

  • Developing, leading, and delivering data centre services / archiving capabilities to the scientific community within a collegiate environment
  • people management; communication; mediation; decision making
  • communicating with and influencing a broad spectrum of stakeholders (academic, industrial, government, technical, and political communities)
  • working closely with external funders and stakeholders, whilst operating in a team environment.

Additionally, experience of some of the following is desirable:

  • Post graduate degree in a science discipline, ideally a geophysical/physical science, or equivalent
  • experience within European space community
  • understanding of European Space Agency programmes and processes
  • familiarity with the UK space and/or Climate Science / Data community experience
  • broad contact base in environmental data community
  • familiarity with Research Council working environment
  • familiarity with UK Government stakeholders such as UK Space Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Satellite Applications Catapult, etc.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit 

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

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Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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