Science Portfolio Adviser/Developer

The Wellcome Trust - Population Health

We're looking for a Science Portfolio Adviser or Developer to join our Population Health department for a fixed term of 12 months. This vital new team is building on Wellcome's strengths in UK population and global health.

About the job

In either position, you will work on the implementation, evaluation, revision and renewal of our relevant funding initiatives and on the development of new schemes and policy influence strategies. As an Adviser, you would be in a supporting role; as a Developer, you would take a leading role.

You will:

  • contribute to the implementation and evaluation of existing funding initiatives in themed areas of responsibility in our Population Health portfolio
  • develop and maintain relationships with relevant academic communities and others, including existing and potential grantholders, other funding agencies, and policy makers
  • engage in outreach to the scientific community to encourage quality applications, through speaking at community meetings and conferences, advising potential applicants, and other activities to promote Wellcome funding schemes
  • work closely with our Grants Management team to manage the application and review process, including internal triage of applications, appropriate referee selection, appointment of committee members, and ensuring that quality information is provided to funding committees
  • contribute as part of a project team to strategic project work including the revision and renewal of existing funding schemes, the development of new schemes, and the development of policy influence strategies for the Population Health team and our wider Science division

About you

Some experience working outside academia in a UK research, funding or policy role is desirable, but not essential, and you should be confident interacting with your peers and the external scientific community.

You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • a breadth of scientific interest in population health in the UK or in low- and middle-income countries
  • ability to apply critical thinking and judgement to the scientific quality of research
  • ability to recognise scientific potential and strategic opportunities
  • understanding of key research methodology such as randomised controlled trials and cohort studies
  • diplomacy, flexibility, collaboration and professionalism.
  • The position is based in central London and will require some travel within the UK and abroad.

About us

We believe great ideas can change the world and improve health for everyone. At Wellcome, we help great ideas to thrive by supporting scientists and researchers, taking on big problems, fuelling imaginations and sparking debate.

Wellcome isn't just a supporter of great ideas; it's a great place to work. We offer excellent benefits and help our employees to develop in an open, respectful culture where differences are valued.

Next steps

If you are talented and passionate about our work and want to use your skills, knowledge and experience to improve health for everyone, then we'd like to hear from you. You can apply using the link below.