Wellcome’s Mental Health team has a long-term remit to fund research that leads to an increased ability to act earlier and to use personalised interventions to prevent people from being held back by mental health problems. Our focus is on depression, anxiety and psychosis in young people under 30. We are looking to recruit a Research Manager to sit within the Field Building team.
The remit of the Field Building team is to help catalyse a more coherent and diverse mental health science community that shares values and goals, fosters creative new research, and unearths new understanding from existing evidence. We believe that mental health is a tangle of biological, psychological and social factors. It is wrong to think we can understand any of these factors in isolation from the rest. We need a mental health science that applies biology, psychology, social science and more – all as part of the same dream team – to understand what causes and what cures mental health problems. Our approach to field building includes ensuring mental health scientists from diverse disciplines use common metrics, learn from each other and make use of the insights and views of those most affected by mental health problems.
You will need to have significant expertise in relation to at least one specialist area of mental health science, broadly defined, and commitment to convening researchers from diverse backgrounds.
A PhD is not essential, but experience of conducting or evaluating research in academia, industry or third sector organisations will be advantageous
- Contribute to the effective delivery of work that may range from convening, to making funding decisions and producing reports/reviews- providing specific technical expertise as relevant.
- Maintain a thorough understanding of the breadth of work of the Mental Health, sharing knowledge and expertise to contribute to the work Research Programmes and throughout Wellcome.
- Ensure Wellcome has a good understanding of the nature of our funding portfolio, covering research progress, research culture (locally and at host) and D&I, and an active relationship with applicants and staff on grants so all funded researchers feel a greater sense of partnership with Wellcome.
- Participate in the selection of external advisors to support decision-making for [challenge area/ discovery research], ensuring external advice is of the highest quality.
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders, including other funders, partner organisations, and members of the research community and to be able to clearly communicate the work of Mental Health and its funding initiatives to internal and external audiences.
- Contribute to the initiation, ongoing management and conclusion of Mental Health major initiatives and awards acting as the main point of contact for defined projects, liaising with external stakeholders or partners on straightforward issues.
- Matrix management of projects within Mental Health and alongside other line functions to deliver on projects and achieve the outcomes of their strategic area.
- Manage workload to meet deadlines and deliver timely, hig h qual ity self-contained outputs, with limited support.
- Regularly monitor project team activity against milestones and objectives and report to senior leadership on progress and delivery of specific projects.
- Use internal and external networks to independently seek advice and input from experts as needed.
- Communicate Wellcome’s position accurately and can support with key arguments and evidence.
Skills and Experience:
- Able to demonstrate a breadth of research expertise in a relevant field through relevant work experience in an academic, industrial, funding agency or charity setting.
- Experience/knowledge of universities, funders and other relevant scientific and research organisations and communities
- Ability to employ diverse approaches to effectively communicate complex information to individuals and groups from a range of different background and different seniority levels.
- Excellent organisational skills. Demonstrated ability to manage a fluctuating, heavy, workload and competing priorities
- Articulate with strong verbal communication skills. Adept at delivering presentations
- Well-developed writing skills with ability to synthesise information conveying key points clearly and concisely
- IT literate with experience of using database and other computerised systems, including Microsoft Office products
- Experience/knowledge of managing projects in an academic or industry setting.
If you are interested in the role, please make sure when submitting your application, you attach your CV and complete the questionnaire form
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