Project Manager (Scientific Research Programmes) - Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

The primary purpose of this role is to facilitate the delivery of the BTRU and PQS research. The post holder will therefore be required to: (i) project manage the grants for the BTRU and PQS Theme of the BRC, ensuring that project milestones and deliverables are met on time and within budget; (ii) monitor expenditure and make recommendations to the Director/Principal Investigators/ Director of Operations regarding budgets; (iii) liaise directly with funding bodies to ensure compliance and correct management of the grant and; (iv) liaise with the Directors/Principal Investigators/Director of Operations to develop and implement strategy within these programmes of research. 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitoring scientific progress within the BTRU / Population and Quantitative Sciences Theme in conjunction with the PI and scientific leads and ensuring that milestones and deliverables are met on time and within budget. Develop and implement strategy as necessary through liaison with PIs, senior scientists and the Director of Operations. Attending meetings with key funders/collaborators to discuss progress and ensuring cohesion between the different scientific themes of the programmes and with the collaborating institutions, and ensuring good communication with key stakeholders.
  • Manage the BTRU / PQS grant finances (~£10M). Monitor expenditure and make recommendations to Director/Principal Investigators/Director of Operations regarding budgets. Liaise directly with funding bodies to ensure compliance and correct management of the grant. Complete financial reports to funders and University, including assistance with audits as necessary.
  • Preparing regular scientific and administrative reports for funding bodies and key stakeholders, leading in the writing of scientific content and collation of financial and other content as required.
  • Liaising with funding bodies to ensure compliance and correct management of the grants.
  • Ensure appropriate governance is adapted within the research programmes, including the implementation of collaboration agreements and data access agreements, as appropriate, in liaison with the Research Operations Office. Managing processes associated with access to samples and/or data generated through the programmes of research.
  • Responsible for developing the existing Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement (PPI/E) strategy and actives in line with the objectives of the National Institute of Health Research.

Education: Educated to degree level with a BSc in a relevant scientific field (e.g. biological or medical science) and hold a PhD or have equivalent experience.

Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to project manage a large grants, from scientific, financial and administrative perspectives.
  • Ability to write complex scientific reports.
  • Significant experience of research / project management in a university environment.
  • Knowledge of bodies funding UK scientific research.

The funds available until 31st October 2020

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Informal enquiries can be made to Liza Clarke            

Interview Date: Week 18th December 2017 or Week 2 January 2018

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application.

Please quote reference RH13468 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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