CALL: ESSAC Science Coordinator

The ESSAC Office at the University of Plymouth (UK) is seeking the next ESSAC Science Coordinator. The position is full-time (37 hours/week), for a fixed two year-term beginning January 2018. The salary is £33,518 to £47,722 pa – Grade 7/8.


The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international research program that explores the history and structure of the Earth as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks. The Program comprises three partners: the USA, Japan and a consortium of European countries (plus Canada) organized through ECORD (European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling).

The ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (ESSAC) is responsible for the scientific and technological planning and coordination of Europe's contribution to IODP. During the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 the ESSAC Office will be located at the University of Plymouth, UK, and supervised by the ESSAC Chair (Prof. Antony Morris). 

Job Duties and Qualifications 

The ESSAC Science Coordinator will be expected to manage the activities of the ESSAC Office. The role will be wide ranging, from the day-to-day management of the Office to communication with ESSAC delegates, the wider European, Japanese and US science communities and national funding agencies. You will assist in outreach activities, and will be expected to take the lead in preparing scientific reports that detail ECORD scientific participation and general science activities in IODP. You will act as full-time scientific secretary to the ESSAC Chair and, when requested, ECORD Council. You will attend meetings with the ESSAC Chair. Depending upon circumstances, you may have some time to be actively involved in academic research, including in IODP science themes.

You should have a background in Earth Sciences with a PhD degree, be fluent in English and have excellent (verbal and written) communication skills. Experience in management and science communication is required and the ability to function in a multidisciplinary research environment is essential. Initiative, flexibility and professional autonomy are important assets. You should ideally be able to work in a multilingual environment.

How to Apply

If you are interested, you are encouraged to contact Prof. Antony Morris ( for further details about the position.

Formal application is online and should include a statement explaining why the job of Science Coordinator interests you, a CV, the names and contact details of three referees, and a publication list.

Closing date:  Tuesday 31 October 2017

Interviews will be held in mid-November.

To view job details or to apply, visit:

and enter job reference number A5640 into the search box.

Note that applications must be made on-line (postal and e-mail applications are not accepted).