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Department of Genetics


Assistant to the Head of Department [Temporary Cover]

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 19, 2021.

The Department of Genetics is seeking to appoint a proactive, reliable and well-organised individual to provide a comprehensive administrative and secretarial support service to our Head of Department.

This is a key position within our friendly Professional Support Staff team and has responsibility for managing all aspects of the Head of Department's diary including scheduling appointments, assembling paperwork, communicating with contacts and briefing the HoD of daily commitments and workload.

The role holder will coordinate events being carried out by the Department (e.g. Annual Departmental Research Day, biennial Special Lecture, academic and research based retreat, and conferences lead by members of the department). They will also be responsible for managing expenses claims and monitoring budgets, therefore accuracy and attention to detail is required with a good standard of Maths and written English.

The successful applicant will act as Secretary for our Departmental Staff, Infrastructure, Safety, Microscopy and Events Committees; preparing agendas and minutes and ensuring the business of each Committee is carried out appropriately in liaison with the relevant Chair. They will also be a member of the Department's Silver Management Team, with line-management responsibility for our Department Receptionist and Events and Seminars Administrator.

The position would suit someone who is self-motivated, with excellent communication skills, and is confident liaising with a wide variety of staff across the Department, as well as external contacts including: press, other national and international scientific institutions, eminent scientists, funders and other University departments and offices.

The position is offered on a fixed-term basis, providing maternity cover for 12 months or the return of the postholder (whichever is sooner).

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Interviews have been scheduled for Monday 29 March 2021.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Casey Mein, Departmental Administrator at

Further information about the Department can be found on our website

Please quote reference PC25778 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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