National Schools’ Observatory Project Manager Ref:3004857


National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) Project Manager (Job Share Hours - 0.6FTE)

Contract Type: Job Share, 0.4FTE Permanent - 0.2FTE fixed term until 30/09/2022

Salary: £41,526 - £51,034 pro rata per annum

Vacancy Reference: 3112

The National Schools' Observatory (NSO) project are looking for an enthusiastic, driven leader to join the team as Project Manager in a Job Share (the other part of the Job Share is also 0.6FTE). The position will include sharing the management of the team of staff dedicated to the project, alongside ensuring that the project remains on course to deliver the strategy outlined here: Good communication skills will be essential to liaise with the team, users and stakeholders of the project, alongside the wider department.

The NSO is a major educational website, established by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to provide UK and Irish schools with access to a professional robotic telescope primarily designed for scientific research, called the Liverpool Telescope. The NSO aims to attract, inspire and enthuse children about science and technology through the medium of astronomy guided by our drive to provide "Access to the Universe for All".

You will share the management of the NSO project, including having oversight of budgets, ensuring progression towards completion of the current 5-year strategy, and the development of the next strategy; line manage a proportion of the staff engaged on the project within the spheres of Development, Marketing and Education, some of whom work remotely; maintain communication with NSO stakeholders; develop a strategy for international development of the project alongside the rest of the team, and ideally look at attracting future external funding to the project. The position will also require oversight of website resources and information, representation of the NSO internally and externally, and development of material where appropriate. Duties may also include organisation and participation in departmental outreach and public engagement activities and liaising with local schools.

You will have a keen interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education initiatives, have experience managing both staff and projects and will be educated to degree level, ideally in astrophysics.

High computer literacy is imperative, with a competency for all MS Office packages and website text editors a minimum requirement. Ideally, the candidate will have a working knowledge of web development tools such as HTML, PHP, CSS, etc. Communication skills will be important, not only for day to day work within the team, but for efficient interaction with stakeholders, from funding bodies and senior University management, to teachers and students using the website.

There will a requirement to travel within the UK and possibly internationally to represent the NSO and more widely the Astrophysics Research Institute and LJMU.

You will need to display a commitment to promoting equality and diversity, which both the National Schools' Observatory, and the Astrophysics Research Institute, are passionate about, having received the Institute of Physics Juno Practitioner award. We encourage applications from all people, especially from those underrepresented in the fields of management and astrophysics.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Andy Newsam, NSO Director email on 

The School/ department is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter for promoting the career of Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post and all appointments will be made on merit. 

Closing date: 14th March 2021

For further information and to apply online please visit our website:

Alternatively contact the People and Organisational Development Department on 0151 904 6130 or 6131 email:

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