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Operations Support Specialist

Are you a can-do organiser who enjoys the challenge of planning complex logistical operations? Would you like to travel the world, from the Arctic to the desert, supporting an internationally-leading atmospheric airborne laboratory? Are you a team player who likes to go the extra mile? If so, we really want to hear from you! 

The FAAM Airborne Laboratory is a unique, highly modified 4-engine jet aircraft adapted to carry a range of unique science instruments, dedicated to supporting the UK atmospheric science community and users of atmospheric science data. The Facility is managed by a unique team of scientists, engineers, flight technicians and project managers forming a complete package of support for the scientific community. The Facility is supported by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is an environmental research infrastructure of national and international importance.

As FAAM Operations Support Specialist, you will provide logistical planning and organisational support for a range of flying campaigns, working closely with the FAAM team, scientists, technicians and engineers. This means you'll have excellent organisational skills, be a great problem-solver, and have really good communication and interpersonal skills to help you interact, engage and negotiate with field campaign colleagues and stakeholders. 

This is an exciting and truly unique role. You will have the opportunity to fly on a research aircraft, work with some of the very best atmospheric scientists, thereby directly supporting cutting edge climate change science. Come and join our team! 

This post will be employed by University of Leeds, but will be based at the FAAM Airborne Laboratory on the campus at Cranfield University.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Maureen Smith, Operations Manager, FAAM Airborne Laboratory

Tel: +44 (0) 7788 415219, email: 

Location:  Cranfield
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £28,762 to £34,308 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (to 31 March 2026 (due to external funding))
Release Date:  Saturday 01 October 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 30 October 2022
Reference:  ENVEE1605
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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