Institute Strategic Programme Manager

Quadram Institute Bioscience

Quadram Institute Bioscience currently has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the team as Institute Strategic Programme Manager.


Microbes in the food chain are a major global challenge to human health and the economy, through foodborne infections and through their contribution to the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based within the new Quadram Institute opening in Summer 2018, is looking to reduce the problems caused by microbes in the food chain by delivering an enhanced understanding of the ecology, evolution and survival strategies of pathogens in the food chain, including the drivers of antimicrobial resistance, to improve human health.

Working in partnership with other BBSRC-supported institutes, we will harness the latest genomic technologies to track the emergence, evolution and spread of foodborne pathogens in the food chain.

The Role:

QIB wishes to appoint a part-time Manager (22.5 hours per week) for its Institute Strategic Research Programme (ISP) “Microbes in the Food Chain”. The post-holder will work closely with the ISP Leader, Professor Jon Wain to monitor the delivery of the ISP’s research objectives according to deadlines and within budget. This includes coordinating the efforts of ISP Research Leaders based within the QIB and outside the institute at other institutes and universities. The role will include monitoring progress and overseeing quality control throughout its life cycle. There are two other ISPs in QIB and each has its own Programme Manager. Managers are expected to coordinate work and share best-practice.

The ISP comprises about 10 Research Leaders and their groups (some to be appointed) based within the institute itself. There are close links to some group leaders based at institutes and universities across the UK. Some travel to partner organisations may be required.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a biological sciences background with experience of project or programme-level management. Ideally, they will have an understanding of research funding and practice in the UK. Formal qualification in management or project management or a MBA would be desirable. Where the appointee has no such formal qualification QIB will support training and development for an otherwise suitable candidate to acquire appropriate qualification.

The post-holder will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to work autonomously within a supportive environment.

Additional Information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 pro rata per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a permanent, part time post (22.5 hours per week).

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003446.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society.  The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values.  To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 22nd April 2018

The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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