Science Officer

The Humanimal Trust

Hours: Full time (or part time 3/4 days per week for the right candidate)

Founded in 2014 by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Humanimal Trust drives collaboration between vets, doctors and researchers so that all humans and animals benefit from sustainable, medical progress but not at one another’s expense. This is One Medicine.  

Advances in both human and animal medicine can be achieved more quickly if there is closer collaboration and mutual learning. We believe and advocate that this will lead to progressively fewer laboratory animal tests until one day they become obsolete.  

A unique opportunity has arisen for a passionate and dedicated individual to take up the new position of Science Officer, undertaking a key role in the executive team at what is a pivotal time in the Trust’s development. This role provides the opportunity for the right candidate to make a meaningful impact on the charity’s long term strategy and success, with responsibility for driving support to the Trust and its vision amongst the professional healthcare community, both human and veterinary.     

Main Responsibilities

  • Overall leadership of the science knowledge base – gathering information, fact-checking rigorously, and disseminating scientific, medical and clinical knowledge
  • Networking to gain contact with key influencers within organisations that can assist the change
  • Management of the research programme – establishing criteria for awarding research grants, liaising with the Peer Review panels, and liaising with researchers
  • Communicating with the Trust staff team to explain the scientific basis for the research programmes, and aiding them in presenting this to potential funders and supporters
  • Building constructive and collaborative relationships with other funding bodies and look to run jointly-funded projects
  • Assist in building collaborations with sponsors, partners and universities
  • Identifying and attending professional conferences and events across the country to deliver the key messages of The Humanimal Trust through speaking opportunities and/or managing exhibition stand activities
  • Identifying opportunities to appeal to the professionals of the future through educational activities
  • Develop and manage a team of scientifically trained professional volunteers to assist with appropriate event support, speaking engagements and other relevant activities
  • Oversee the moderation of the Humanimal Hub, an online forum to be established by the Trust

Essential Skills

  • Experience of pre-award grant administration in a science-/research-based organisation
  • Self-confidence with strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Strong and engaging presentation skills – public speaking will be a significant part of the role
  • Very strong organised approach; ability to multi-task and work to competing and often tight deadlines
  • Empathy, enthusiasm and understanding of the objectives of The Humanimal Trust and of One Medicine
  • A strong desire to make a positive difference to the world

For more details please download the role description here. To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to by 5pm on Monday 30 April

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