Head of Postgraduate Administration

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

Come and join the School of the Biological Sciences and lead our innovative and exciting postgraduate section.

This is a rare opportunity, working with a wide range of stakeholders and one that will be highly regarded, offering advisory support to the senior leadership team. If you are an adept and detail-oriented individual, passionate about postgraduate opportunities and looking to make a real impact in your next role, we want to hear from you!

The Role

You will act as Head of Postgraduate Administration for the Faculty and School. You will lead on the joint Postgraduate vision for the Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine. You will oversee staff who run the School's new multi-pathway MPhil, the BBSRC DTP, the Amgen Programme and the Experience Life Sciences Programme and take responsibility for future new programmes that are developed. You will act as Secretary to the Faculty's Degree Committee.

Your Skills

  • A degree with significant experience in working in academic affairs in an HEI environment and managing teams of people.
  • A full understanding of the University's legislative environment.
  • Can synthesise complex information into user-friendly guidance.
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills to work effectively with diverse stakeholder groups and build networks.
  • Strong office skills.


The University offers an excellent benefit package including:

  • Defined benefits pension schemes
  • Flexible working options
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Discounts on shopping
  • Rental deposit scheme
  • Public transport season ticket loans
  • Tax-efficient bicycle and charity-giving schemes


The School of the Biological Sciences has embraced hybrid working and individuals are currently working with their team two days a week from 17 Mill Lane, and three days remotely (for those working a standard Mon to Fri week). This arrangement is subject to change and will not form a part of the contractual terms of the role.

Permanent funding for this post is available. Additionally, we would also consider existing University employees who, with the agreement of their line manager, would like to apply for this on a three-year secondment basis.

Closing Date: 26th February 2024

Interview Date: afternoon 7th March 2024

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/University.

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Informal enquiries can be made by contacting the Deputy Secretary of the School of the Biological Sciences, Fiona Russell, on fjr22@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PA40364 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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