We are trying to write a job description for someone who will assist us for research project. This person would be responsible for the administrative, financial and managerial aspect of research project in close collaboration with the head of the lab (writing proposals, checking for deadlines, connections with international partners).

We are looking for an attractive name for this position. Some ideas, including "management assistant", "project manager" or "scientific coordinator", came to our mind. However, we feel that "assistant" is not really valorising the position, "project manager" does not reflect the transversal role of the position (helping scientists of different projects) and "scientific coordinator" is the role of the head of the lab.

Is there another name that could be used ? If not, which one is the best?

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  • Project managers may be in charge of multiple projects, as far as I know. – jimsug Jul 16 '14 at 11:23
  • thanks for your comment. From my understanding, however, the project manager has full responsabilities on the projects, which would not be the case here. – radouxju Jul 16 '14 at 12:14

Would something in the vein of "controller" hit the spot or get closer to it?

(Despite Wikipedia claiming it, this does not solely encapsulate the financial controlling aspect of a position in my experience.)

It's the first word that came to mind reading your description of the position.

  • thank you for this suggestion. However, even if it does not solely encapsulate the finacial aspect, it is more focused on it. I would like to stress more the managerial aspects as well as the coordination with international teams. – radouxju Jul 16 '14 at 8:29

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