Grassroot Wavelengths - Horizon 2020 Project Nº780890
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI)
The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) seeks an experienced and highly skilled Project Manager to be responsible for the overall administration and management support of the Horizon 2020 Grassroot Wavelengths project (nº780890), funded by the European Commission.
If possible the project manager will have a research background in one of the scholarly fields covered in the project, and could potentially contribute to the project in both research and administrative capacities.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of European Research Area Chair Professor Chris Csikszentmihályi and will be an integrated member of the core Project Coordination Team at M-ITI. The position is suited to candidates with project management experience, involving the coordination of multiple partners in international EU funded collaborative projects, as well as knowledge of EU Framework Program funding. The candidate must be comfortable working on complex projects with evolving objectives. S/he will be expected to be a proactive, independent problem solver and innovator, and facilitate collaboration within a broad network of partners across disciplines and for engagement with the wider international Grassroot Wavelengths community.
Providing coordination support for the day-to-day running of the project: Maintaining the project plan, tracking progress against Gantt charts, and ensuring conformance with proposed deliverables and milestones and fulfilment of project deliverables; maintaining accurate project records and ensuring compliance with EC regulations amongst the consortium.
Communicating regularly with the Coordination Team, project partners, EC Project Officer, M-ITI administration team and M-ITI Board; planning and organizing weekly, monthly, and annual progress meetings, workshops and conferences, including keeping minutes and tracking decisions undertaken by the Consortium; Ensuring EC reporting requirements are met within specified deadlines; and working proactively with all partners to make sure deliverables are produced on time and to a high standard.
Financial management of the project: maintaining a central project budget and spending plan; overseeing overall resource distribution and associated expenditure, completing the submission process of EC financial and technical reports; Processing mission planning and mission reports, liaising with Researchers and Principle Investigators, as well as M-ITI board.
Support liaison, networking, project web page, social media presence, and other communication; keeping the project’s dissemination and blogging efforts up-to-date (website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube).
Where applicable, contributing to the project through relevant academic research.
The Grassroot Wavelengths project will create a game changing network of inclusive digital platforms for citizen engagement, community deliberation, and the free flow of information within, into, and out of discrete geographic communities by piloting solutions for connected, inexpensive, community owned and operated radio across Europe. Our approach Civic Media, born and developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now based in Madeira, includes community-based participatory design methods for setting up stations and services and understanding the processes in which they will be used and appropriated, along with an emphasis on synthetic speech to support the curation of audio content, thus turning data into media. Building on the success of the existing RootIO platform – with its proven commons-oriented technology and catalytic capacities for promoting/enabling collective awareness and action, participatory innovation, community resilience, and media pluralism – we will: deploy and test a network of low-power community radio stations in Ireland, Portugal, and Romania; work with community groups, journalists, and public good experts to develop a robust platform for expansion across Europe; enhance use and accessibility of networked community radio through text-to-speech, community oriented programming applications, and other community-supported modes for contributing and managing content); and work within the EU framework to establish a public support infrastructure for local ownership and revenue generation. Together, these four actions combine to form a robust and tested platform with a clear path to scaling and exploitation in Europe and beyond.
Legislation and applicable regulations: The fellowships are directed to applicants under the Research Grant Holder Statute nº40/2004 (18 August), with current conditions established in the regulations by Portugal’s National Science and Technology Foundation at http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT.pdf.
Monthly stipend: The monthly stipend is determined by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia), I.P Scientific Fellowships regulation for Portugal (www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores), according to the degree:
With master degree: €1230, free of taxes
With PhD degree: €1745, free of taxes
The stipends are in accordance with the amounts established by Portugal’s National Science and Technology Foundation, the FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en.
The social security is paid by the hiring entity and is for researchers to access the public health system in case of sickness, for retirement, to support in case of paternity, invalidity or professional disease.
Workplace and contract duration: The work will be conducted at Madeira-ITI, in Funchal, Portugal. The successful candidate is expected to join Madeira-ITI by 1 January 2019 (or as soon thereafter as possible). The initial contract will be for a period of 12 months, for potential renewal up to a maximum of 24 months, or until the end of the project if fewer than 24 months remain before the official project deadline.
Supervision: The candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Chris Csikszentmihalyi