Space Project Manager

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Faculty of Technology

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation


Space Project Manager


Employment type:  Fixed-term (3 years)

Employment basis: Full-time

Salary:  £40,927 - £50,296 per annum 

Post number: ZZ007264

Date published: 29 November 2021

Closing date: 09 January 2022


Interview date: 19 January 2022

The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

We invite applications for the role of Space Project Manager at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth. We are building a new university-wide space program, and the successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity to play critical leading roles in growing these activities. This will include leading the development of a new CubeSat program, working with local space industry partners, growing regional and national university partnerships, and liaising with relevant space agencies both nationally and internationally. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with leadership qualities and experience working on developing space instrument projects to join our dynamic fast-paced team as we build exciting new interdisciplinary programs.

The ICG consists of 17 academic staff, around 20 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth has major involvement in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Vera Rubin Observatory,  the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), ESA’s Euclid satellite mission, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO), and other international collaborations. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research proposal for the fellowship) should be submitted by the closing date via the online application system at Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent by email to [email protected], to arrive by the same date. We expect the post to start February 2022 or as close to that date as feasible.

The University of Portsmouth believes this role is eligible for sponsorship with UKVI under the Skilled Worker Route visa, and meets the minimum salary requirements to obtain the minimum points requirement.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applicants from Black, Asian, or from other ethnic groups who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.

Please note that anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of the University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address, will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel. If you have been asked to upload any additional information to evidence how you meet the person specification, this should not contain information that would allow the shortlisting panel to identify who has applied.

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and this role, click apply.

It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s application form.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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