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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

The Faculty:

The Faculty of Mathematics comprises two closely-linked departments; the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS). Together, the Departments have 97 academic staff, more than 125 contract research staff and just under 90 Professional Services staff. The Faculty is housed at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences on Wilberforce Road, a purpose-built site designed to create a collaborative working environment with both indoor and outdoor workspaces. The site houses its own café, benefits from easy access to the city centre and is within easy striking distance of the Madingley Road Park and Ride.

The Team:

The IT Team develops and operates services including internet connectivity, email, printing, software, over 500 managed desktops (Linux and Windows), bespoke software applications (including software to support mathematics examinations), user helpdesk services, AV systems and support, WiFi, storage, specialist scientific computing support and website management. You will lead and be responsible for the work of a team of eight IT professionals who themselves have substantial expertise in the technologies, equipment and methodologies used to meet the computing needs of staff and students in the Faculty.

The Role:

The Faculty of Mathematics is looking to appoint an experienced IT and Computing Manager with proven strategic leadership skills to create and implement a new vision for IT services in support of its academic mission. Working with colleagues across the Faculty and the wider University, the Interim IT Manager will ensure that IT services provide a digital environment that will enable the Faculty to fulfil its goals in research, teaching and learning as well as providing the tools to support delivery of the Faculty's professional services and administrative functions. The role holder will have the vision and strategic leadership skills necessary to review existing provision and plan future developments to support the current and future needs of this research-intensive academic institution with an international reputation for excellence.
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced IT manager to put in place strategy, policies, procedures and financial plans for a world-leading academic institution.

About you:

You will be professional and friendly, persistent and flexible, decisive and consultative, and looking to make a difference. You will have the energy, vision and leadership skills necessary to manage and review high-quality IT services and deliver large projects to completion.

You will have extensive experience in creating high-performance IT teams and fostering a culture of collaboration and mutual respect. You will also have experience in at least two of the following:

  • Managing IT infrastructure support/service desk operations to defined KPIs/SLAs.

  • Managing the software development process (e.g. requirements capture, technical analysis, development, operations and end-of-life).

  • Developing and implementing technology strategies to drive organisational performance.

You will have a demonstrable track record of shaping policy, strategy and practise, as well as financial management of IT budgets.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

You will need to upload a copy of your curriculum vitae and a covering letter. Please use the covering letter to clearly indicate how your skills and experience map onto the role of Interim IT Manager and your motivation for applying. The online form will ask you to provide the contact details of three professional referees. We will assume, unless you indicate otherwise, that we are able to contact your referees if you are shortlisted for interview.

If you would to informally discuss this role, please contact Rachel Plunkett, Business and Operations Manager in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (

For queries regarding the application process, please email

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Fixed Term: This post is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications from experienced staff already working within the University of Cambridge who would be interested in taking up this role on a secondment basis are welcomed.

Please quote reference LE38299 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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Closing date

Oct 15th 2023

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