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Research Manager

Medical Research Foundation

Location: London
Salary: £45,000 to £47,000 depending on experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th June 2024
Closes: 2nd July 2024

This is an exciting time to join the Medical Research Foundation, as launch our new five-year strategy. We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Manager who can manage research funding competitions to ensure that only the very best research and researchers receive our support. The Foundation’s mission is to drive the life-changing advances of tomorrow, by laying the foundations for ground-breaking discoveries today.

Reporting to our Senior Research Manager, you will plan, co-ordinate and deliver bespoke funding competitions in areas of high need, such as the Impact of Climate Change on Health, or Mental Health. You will also be responsible for managing awarded grants. Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Plan, co-ordinate and deliver bespoke funding competitions.
  • Convene funding committees and prepare review guidance.
  • Oversee peer review and standards: manage conflicts of interest, minute the meetings, coordinate actions and draft feedback to applicants.
  • Keep abreast of developments in best practice of research management and grant funding.
  • Horizon scan and carry out scoping exercises in research areas of interest.
  • Assist in development and preparation of reports, briefings and documents.
  • Oversee the development and delivery of workshops of invited experts to develop research funding areas and/or support funding calls.
  • Line manage one Grants Officer and have responsibility for their day-to-day work.

Who you are

You may be a Research / Grants Manager, or an experienced Research / Grants Officer looking for the next step in their career.  Or, you may have a biomedical research background, with other experience of funding competitions. You will be educated in life sciences to degree level or equivalent experience, and you may have a Masters or a PhD in a relevant discipline.

We would like to hear from you if you can demonstrate:

  • experience of funding competitions, peer review or grant management in a biomedical sciences research/funding environment
  • clear communication in writing and verbally with colleagues, scientists and other stakeholders 
  • good research and analytical skills
  • working in an organised and methodical manner with excellent attention to detail
  • strong planning and time-management skills with the flexibility to respond to team priorities and unexpected changes
  • finding solutions to problems by reviewing best practice elsewhere
  • high level of IT skills, specifically excellent M/S Word, and good M/S Excel.
  • working confidently in a team and be self-motivated to work alone

We will offer you

We will offer a salary of £45,000 to £47,000 depending on experience for a full-time 36-hour week (will consider part-time, min 0.8 FTE) and double-matched pension contributions up to 10% max employer contribution.  We offer 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata) per year, excellent financial, health and social benefits and an opportunity to join a dedicated team making a difference to human health.  We value spending time working in-person to develop strong connections with each other and with our mission, therefore we work from our London office for part of the week with the option to work remotely for the remainder.

If this is the role you have been looking for and your skills and experience can make a real difference at the Medical Research Foundation, we look forward to hearing from you.

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