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Strategic Research and Partnerships Manager

Arthritis Research UK

Location: Chesterfield, London
Salary: £38,500 to £41,500 (pro-rata if applicable)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th February 2019
Closes: 24th February 2019

Location: London or Chesterfield (with expected travel between sites)

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week but open to part-time, 28 hours per week


  • £38,500 per annum - Rest of UK (pro-rata if applicable)
  • £41,500 per annum - London (pro-rata if applicable)

Benefits: Read more about what we offer

Contract Type: 12 months, fixed term

Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 24 February


Versus Arthritis funds more than 250 current research grants from basic discovery research through to clinical and applied health research. We do this via a breadth of funding instruments, including programmatic, institutional and personal awards. 

This is an exciting time to join the Research Directorate as we look to grow the number of research partnerships with other funders. The Strategic Research and Partnerships Manager will be at the forefront of these efforts helping us transform our investment of pain research at scale and pace. 

About the Role

In this role you will support the establishment of a new research platform, contributing to its oversight and day-to-day management and working closely with partners and other funders. This platform will be at the forefront of discovery and preclinical pain research and offer the chance for you to be involved in establishing a significant and groundbreaking new programme of research. We anticipate this platform, and others developed, will be high profile, attracting both the UK and international interest. 

You will work with the Senior Research Lead and other funding partners, to scope, design, review and implement this work. You will also work closely with other Research Managers and under the direction and guidance of the Head of Research Awards and Translation.

Our Research Managers have a visible presence within the research community acting as an important point of contact between researchers, the wider research environment and the charity. You will be expected to keep abreast of research developments in order to use strategic as well as scientific expertise and judgment in the development and implementation of research activities.

There is additional scope for this role to support other ad hoc strategic research partnerships, including pain projects. We would like you to have a flexible approach and an open mind for this role. In return, you will have the opportunity to shape your professional development and develop this role further.

Key Requirements

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A science PhD, MD or similar qualification/equivalent level of experience in the field of scientific/clinical research via academia, the commercial sector, the health sector, policy or publishing.
  • Experience of managing and contributing to research projects, particularly those co-funded with multiple partners
  • Significant experience of conducting scientific research and working in a research environment
  • Excellent communications skills and professional confidence
  • Experience of peer review in grant/award management
  • Experience of evaluating, delivering and promoting the communication of research outputs
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and time pressures

How to Apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise, up-to-date CV
  2. along with a completed supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description from our website.

Email your completed application by midnight on Sunday 24 February to


First Interviews Expected: Wednesday 6 March in Chesterfield or London

Second Interviews Expected: Wednesday 13 March in Chesterfield or London

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