Assistant Director of Operations and Technical Writing (Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies)

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University of Sussex

Sussex, UK

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Role coordinated by:

Tadhg Waddington

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 7369


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: £56,021 to £64,914 per annum, pro-rata if part time

Closing Date: 29/05/2024

An amazing opportunity has arisen to be the Assistant Director of Operations and Technical Writing for the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies with a focus on Operational Management and Technical Writing. The chosen individual will have the opportunity to work collaboratively alongside its Director, Professor Winfried Hensinger, as part of the SCQT leadership team to develop and realise the strategic vision of the Centre, as well as overseeing all day-to-day non-academic activities and ensuring the smooth running of the Centre. They will lead on the creation of grant applications and other technical and popular science writing as well as internal and external engagement, liaising with partners, industry and other key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent technical copywriting skills in order to support the Centre with authoring grants, outreach materials and other documents. They will be bold and dynamic, with excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to lead and problem solve within the execution of a diversity of projects of the centre and effectively coordinate with different university stakeholders.  They will share the University of Sussex’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and nurturing culture in which all colleagues and students have the opportunity to thrive and progress their careers.

The chosen individual will be bold and dynamic, with excellent inter-personal skills and lead and problem solve within the execution of a diversity of projects of the centre and effectively coordinate with different university stakeholders. 

About the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies

The successful candidate will be part of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies (SCQT). Quantum technologies will provide disruptive capabilities for numerous applications across a range of sectors. Our specialised facilities and expertise are unique and have given rise to many world firsts. The SCQT is a Centre of Excellence. Our Centres of Excellence are drawing together world-leading experts and innovative approaches, creating a critical mass of knowledge, skills, and training – and proving that a challenge is only impossible until it's done! 

Significant investment by the University, along with a multi-million-pound grant portfolio, has transformed Sussex into one of the leading incubators for a broad range of quantum technologies. At SCQT our research groups work together with leading industry partners in carrying out and commercializing our groundbreaking research. The critical mass of seven research groups allows us to tackle challenges and invent technologies that will change the way we work and live. 

The Centre carries out research in the areas of quantum computing, quantum simulation, quantum sensing, quantum imaging, quantum clocks and quantum networks.  The Centre provides authentic quantum technology training for a wide range of stakeholders including industry short courses, a four-year undergraduate degree in quantum technologies, our pioneering Quantum Technologies MSc. and a four-year doctoral training programme. The Centre has given rise to several world-leading achievements and records. We run the largest number of ion trapping experiments in the UK, we are one of the largest ion trapping centres in the world! Leading an international consortium including Google, Aarhus University, Riken, and Siegen University, the Sussex IQT Group, headed by Professor Winfried Hensinger, created the first nuts-and-bolts construction plan to build a practical quantum computer. 

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is 09:00 BST Wednesday 29th May 2024. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Tadhg Waddington at  or +44(0)20 7340 7369.   

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.  

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. 

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