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Head of Research Operations

University of Cambridge - MRC Epidemiology Unit

The MRC Epidemiology Unit, a department within the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, wishes to appoint a Head of Research Operations. The mission of the Unit is to understand the genetic, developmental and environmental determinants of obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and translate this into preventive action. The department comprises an MRC Unit and other linked programmes, supported by MRC Unit funding and multiple grants from other funders. The Unit operates a matrix management system whereby the scientific programmes are underpinned by research support teams for data collection, measurement, provision of core scientific infrastructure and management of legacy study resources. The post-holder leads a senior team to deliver these functions  and ensure that they work collectively to support the work of the scientific programmes and the Unit as a whole.

The successful candidate will have significant experience of leading large, multifunctional teams and the ability to bridge effectively between scientific and operational groups. They will have broad knowledge of the conduct of research studies and trials, laboratory operations, data management, computational functions and research governance. This is an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution to a dynamic Unit at the forefront of international research into diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disorders.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager. 

Please quote reference SJ28259 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

Interviews are likely to be held on 8th/9th November 2021.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £56,587 to £60,022
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th September 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
Job Ref: SJ28259
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