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Jessica Heard

Project Manager

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Project Manager and experienced Knowledge Exchange coordinator with over 15 years’ experience in the management of EU and NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) projects from contractual to implementation stages. I am currently the Project Manager for H2020 Project MONOCLE and NERC project CAMPUS. I have extensive experience in leading the KE activities for several large collaborative EU projects, designing and producing information sheets, developing websites and data portals and running stakeholder engagement activities.



Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries (MONOCLE)

Contact: Stefan Simis

Funded by EU H2020, MONOCLE brings together 12 partners from across Europe to create sustainable in situ observation solutions...

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)

Contact: Dr Paul Somerfield

The Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP) will address key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research. By bringing together existing data...

Other key projects


  • MONOCLE - Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries (H2020)
  • CAMPUS - Combining Autonomous observations and Models for Predicting and Understanding Shelf seas (NERC)
  • SWEEP - South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (NERC)
  • MERP – Marine Ecosystem Research Programme (NERC)
  • MEECE - Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment (FP7)
  • OPEC - Operational Ecology Marine Ecosystem Forecasting (FP7)


Recent publications

  • Instrument and Data Technician 

    £23,630 per annum 

    Full Time - 3 year Fixed Term Appointment 

    Do you have a background in building/developing scientific instrument systems and providing specialist technical support? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading marine research laboratories, making crucial steps to understanding how the oceans and marine atmosphere influence air pollution and climate?

    Plymouth Marine Laboratory has a strong track record in world leading Air-Sea Exchange (ASE) research. In recent years, the ASE group has had considerable success establishing a coastal atmospheric research station at Penlee Point ( and developing the capability to make autonomous direct measurements of air/sea CO2 exchange from ships (e.g. We require a Junior Technologist to help us to build upon these successes.

    As a key member of the ASE team your role will be to maintain and improve remote instrumentation at Penlee and on ships fitted with air/sea flux systems. You will drive forward the automation of remote instrumentation and develop novel methods of data acquisition and delivery using embedded PC technologies (e.g. Raspberry PI) and Python scripting. You will be responsible for data processing and quality control and will contribute to scientific interpretation and research outputs. You will be jointly responsible for the day-to-day running of the ASE laboratory and Penlee facility.

    This post is available immediately and for a fixed term of three years. To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact the air/sea exchange group lead (Dr Tom Bell) via 

    For this role we are open to discuss the possibility of reduced hours, flexible working or possible job share.

    Please see the link for our  Employee Benefits

    Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 10th December 2019

    Interviews will take place on Tuesday 4th February 2020

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Other activities

  • Member European Community Project Managers' Association (ECPMA)