Research Manager

Earthwatch Europe

£27,000 - £33,000 pa, gross FTE

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract Natasha Muldoon

Sectors: sustainability, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 21st April 2019   Closes today


Do you combine a strong scientific background, a passion for citizen science and the ability to successfully engage the public?

Earthwatch is recruiting for a Research Manager, for a fixed term of 1 year to cover a period of maternity leave. The post holder will ensure the successful delivery and development of multidisciplinary research within our Sustainable Cities programme, a key area of our new Strategy.The ideal candidate will bring a strong understanding of green infrastructure, sustainable urban land management and citizen science. They will have proven experience in managing research with multiple partners, stakeholder engagement, disseminating research findings and policy influencing. We offer a friendly working environment and the chance to make a difference. 

Earthwatch is an international environmental NGO. Our mission is to empower people to save our planet. We do this, by creating knowledge and inspiring action through hands-on science and environmental engagement. We address big environmental challenges by working together with individuals, communities and organisations. We aim to create a global community that values and nurtures a sustainable planet.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK; Earthwatch is unable to support visa applications.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Role purpose:

To develop, manage and disseminate innovative and engaging research on urban nature based solutions - including citizen science - within Earthwatch’s Sustainable Cities programme.

Key deliverables:

  • Keep oversight of citizen science projects within the Sustainable Cities programme and work closely with the Research Analyst to manage successful project delivery
  • Establish and maintain effective collaborations with external research institutions and principal investigators (PIs) to maximise scientific relevance, impact and innovation
  • Ensure regional projects have maximum impact through communications, peer-reviewed papers, stakeholder engagement and policy influencing
  • Work closely with the learning team to maximise opportunities for learning and engagement and ensure projects have a strong impact through behaviour change and influencing
  • Work with the communications team to identify and utilise opportunities to communicate research outputs and wider research impact externally
  • Work with the impact manager to monitor and improve engagement and science activities, outputs and outcomes
  • Work with the Senior Research Lead to develop new project and funding opportunities that align with Earthwatch's strategic priorities within the sustainable cities programme, in particular related to urban green infrastructure, nature based solutions, climate resilience and urban land management
  • Raise the profile of Earthwatch and advocate for its citizen science projects through attendance at strategic external events
  • Contributing to wider organisational priorities as required

The above list of job deliverables is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.


Person specification:

  • Strong background in and knowledge of environmental science (PhD or equivalent), particularly on urban green infrastructure, nature based solutions, climate resilience and urban land management
  • Understanding and appreciation of the challenges of field science
  • Knowledge and understanding of European sustainability agendas, urban planning challenges and national and international policies relevant to sustainable cities research
  • Experience in research management, including project development, method development, data analysis, research dissemination and impact creation
  • Experience in research grant writing, stakeholder engagement and policy influencing are highly desirable
  • Demonstrable personal enthusiasm for citizen science and a good understanding of the specific challenges and current developments in this field
  • An established international research network
  • Credible and persuasive, able to represent Earthwatch externally
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to convey information clearly and concisely
  • Experience of the peer reviewed scientific publication process
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build effective relationships
  • Excellent planning and management skills, proven ability to manage competing requirements, prioritise effectively and deliver on time
  • Fluency in English is essential, proficiency in French highly desirable
  • International work experience is desirable
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Earthwatch

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