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Science Manager: Grants, Contracts, Operations

  • Full time
  • £33,800 – £36,700
  • Edinburgh with the option of hybrid working
  • Closing 23rd June 2023

  • Advertised from 2nd June 2023
  • Salary depending on experience (pay award pending), plus civil service pension, generous holiday entitlement, and other benefits. 37 hours per week. Permanent post.


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a world leading botanical institute and international visitor attraction taking positive action for plants and people; from local communities across Scotland, to more than 40 countries around the world. Our priority is to tackle the biodiversity crisis and the climate emergency and support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Our work builds on over 350 years of history as a scientific botanic garden, a centre of education, the internationally important botanical collections in our care, and our extensive international partnerships.

Our four Scottish gardens – Benmore, Dawyck, Logan and ‘The Botanics’ in Edinburgh – attract over a million visitors every year. Together, these gardens comprise one of the richest plant collections on earth. As a registered Scottish charity, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is funded principally by the Scottish Government – but as an organisation, we are very much global with a mission to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future. Our current work involves collaborative science and conservation projects in more than 35 countries around the world.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Science Manager to join our team to deliver management support for research grants, consultancy contracts and partnerships, and to facilitate the development and implementation of efficient operational working practices. We’re looking for someone who can help us deliver effective and efficient operations, maximise our research quality and bid success, and ensure we have financially astute contractual arrangements in place at all times as we look to expand out externally funded work.

This is a wide-ranging job, acting as the key liaison for funding initiatives, operating across our Science and commercial divisions. This will involve tracking funding opportunities and co-ordinating responses, working with potential grant submitters on their timelines and supporting their needs for applications to funding calls, and managing the preparation, coordination and completion of research and consultancy contracts. Another key aspect of the role is to support key operations to underpin the smooth running of the science team at RBGE. This will involve facilitating improved working practices across the remit of science, including optimising logistics to support data production and data management, quality control, and the practical ways in which teams work and interact together.

The post is suited to individuals who are highly organised effective communicators. You will have excellent attention to detail, clarity of thought and an aptitude for problem solving. You should be comfortable and effective in facilitating and managing different aspects of research and consultancy funding, and the enthusiasm and ability to support the implementation of wider logistical and operational processes in our science team. Experience and understanding of funding and consultancy opportunities is desirable, as is experience of contracts and partnership agreements, and an understanding of the general process which underpin the function and operations of science research programmes.

While the post is well suited to applicants with established experience of grants/contract management, science logistics and project management, we also welcome applicants from a biodiversity science background, who wish to make the transition into science operations management.

Although we see this as a full-time role, applications will also be considered from exceptional candidates looking to work on a part-time basis.

Application notes

To apply please email with:

  • your CV
  • a covering letter outlining the skills, knowledge and experience you’d bring to the post
  • a completed equal opportunities questionnaire available on our website

Closing date: Midnight (BST) on Friday 23 June 2023

Other information: Job description and person specification are available at

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Rachael Brewer on

If you haven’t heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application hasn’t been successful on this occasion. No recruitment agencies please.