Project Coordinator

Cambridge University
Closing date: 01 November 2020

DEADLINE: Midnight (GMT) Sunday 1 November 2020

Applications are invited for a new Project Coordinator role at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER). CSER is an interdisciplinary research centre which currently has 22 research staff working on multiple projects. This role will form part of CSER's Management Team (currently made up of its Executive Director, Co-Director, Centre Coordinator, and other staff with management responsibilities), supporting them in effectively co-ordinating several projects. Key aspects of the role are to improve project monitoring processes, track progress on milestones and deliverables, and support research staff in understanding and achieving project goals. It may also involve assisting the design and development of new research projects.

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

CSER is an interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse.

The Centre  was founded by Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal; Jaan Tallinn, the co-founder of Skype; and Huw Price, the Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, to “steer a small fraction of Cambridge's great intellectual resources to the task of ensuring that our own species has a long-term future.” As Lord Rees says, “our century is special, because for the first time in 45 million centuries, one species holds the future of the planet in its hands – us.”

Our research focuses on how to manage extreme risks, including biological risks, environmental risks, and risks from artificial intelligence. We have a strong focus on delivering social impact and policy change. Our expertise has been sought by European, Asian and American governments, leading technology companies and the United Nations. Through our publications, expert workshops, and international conferences we have fostered a global community of academics, policy-makers and industry-leaders working to reduce existential risk.

The Role

The purpose of this role is to co-ordinate the efficient running of projects within CSER's overall research programme. As part of this role, the Project Coordinator will:

  • create and maintain documents to facilitate internal and external reporting (for example to the Management Board and external funders);
  • work collaboratively with individual researchers and research teams to develop and refine project plans, and monitor progress on milestones and deliverables; and
  • support the Management Team in order to ensure the smooth running and success of projects, including regularly providing information about project progress to the Management Team meetings.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please click on the 'Apply online' button on this webpage (or at the button below). This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System. Our hiring panel can only consider applications made through this system.

Interviews are scheduled for the week commencing 23 November subject to change.

The full job description can be found here.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or about the application process, please contact Helen Aston, HR Administrator on

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