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Project Planner (Mid-Life Upgrade)

Project Planner (Mid-Life Upgrade), FAAM Airborne Laboratory

Salary: Grade 7 (£37,099 – £44,263 p.a. depending on experience) 

This role will be based at the FAAM Airborne Laboratory, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Do you have experience in developing and executing successful multi-faceted projects? Are you a can-do organiser who enjoys the challenge of planning complex engineering and operational activities? Would you like to be at the heart of a team enabling the modernisation of an internationally leading atmospheric airborne laboratory? 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 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.

The exciting Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Programme aims to deliver a range of upgrades and enhancements to the aircraft, its measurement capabilities and its research impact, extending its useful life to 2040. This plans to meet the ongoing requirements for UK researchers, the Met Office, UK government bodies, commercial organisations and international research bodies.

As the MLU Project Planner, you will take a structured and proactive approach to managing the development and delivery of ongoing and emergent projects to meet the Programme’s objectives. For this, you will work closely with the MLU Director, Project Manager, activity leads and external stakeholders to help with planning, scheduling, implementing and reviewing of tasks. This means you'll need to be a great problem-solver, and have excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills to enable you interact, engage and negotiate with technical and operational stakeholders.

This is an exciting and truly unique role. You will have the opportunity to fly on and support operations of the 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 in Bedfordshire.  

If you are looking for a role that will be at the heart of a team enabling the modernisation of an internationally leading atmospheric airborne laboratory, apply today.


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

Ed Andrews, MLU Project Manager 


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Job Details
Faculty of Environment
National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
Professional & Managerial
Grade 7
£37,099 to £44,263 per annum
Working Time
Post Type
Full Time
Contract Type
Fixed Term (until 30 June 2026 to complete specific time limited work)
Release Date
Wednesday 29 May 2024
Closing Date
Wednesday 26 June 2024
Interview Date
Monday 22 July 2024
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