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Project Manager

Northumbria University - Newcastle
Newcastle, UK
Posting live until
31 Mar 2023

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Applications are invited for a 23-month position to lead the project management of both the overall consortium at the project level and the Northumbria University team at work-package level. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Mathematics Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University, within the leadership and management team preparing an in-orbit demonstration mission for a novel laser communication system for CubeSats. For further information about the Northumbria Space Technology Laboratory see here:

This position is funded by UK Space Agency to perform the design, testing, and build of hardware and software for two 6U CubeSats to launch into Low Earth Orbit and demonstrate the function of a free space optical link between CubeSats. The project is funded by the UK Space Agency and includes partners from Durham University, e2E Group and Smart Sentry SMS, as well as support from Lockheed Martin UK Space and the UK Space Agency. The post holder will be responsible for working with the UK Space Agency, project partners and Northumbria staff to deliver the project on time, within budget, and to the agreed performance levels of the final product. This will entail managing the schedule, risks, finances, workload, regulatory oversight, IP development, tendering/contracts and purchasing, logistics and reporting to the UKSA for the project. The project is funded by the UKSA for £5.8M from now until 31 March 2025 with the prospect of an extension into 2027 on securing further funding for launch and operations phases of the mission.

The ideal candidate should have experience and skills relating to project management of satellite or aerospace research and product development projects. Therefore, a qualification in professional project management is essential. A track record of professional experience in aerospace, satellite or laser free-space optics research and development projects is desirable. Experience working in UKSA/ESA/NASA funded projects is desirable. The role will include managing a diverse team of scientists and engineers across four project partners and several subcontracts to deliver a world-leading laser communication system. It is essential, therefore, that the post holder have strong interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), person management and time management skills. Some technical knowledge of aerospace or optical communication systems is desirable to allow smooth interaction with the team.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Dr Eamon Scullion: .

Further information about the requirements of the role is available in the person specification:

Closing date: 31/03/2023


Awarded the title of University of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards, Northumbria University is a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Northumbria recorded the biggest rise of any UK university for research power in the Research Excellence Framework for the second time in 2021 and is now ranked in the top 25 UK universities for this measure. Discover more about us

Northumbria University is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance.  We offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, and continued commitment to your learning and development. Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers and are members of the Euraxess initiative to deliver information and support to professional researchers. 

The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.

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0191 232 6002
Ellison Pl
Newcastle upon Tyne

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