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Head of Theme - Population Health Research Infrastructure

Medical Research Council

Location: London, Swindon, Wiltshire, Hybrid
Salary: £65,262 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th July 2024
Closes: 2nd August 2024
Job Ref: 240000MO
 

Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 0.8 FTE)
Contract Type: Fixed Term (18 months) 
Location: Polaris House, Swindon, Wiltshire / Caxton House, London - Hybrid Working 

The role entails leading MRC’s management of its research portfolio in population health science. This includes overseeing key UKRI infrastructural programs such as UK Biobank, Population Research UK, and the Adolescent Health Study. As the knowledge-holder of scientific issues pertaining to this remit, responsibilities include staying abreast of new research developments, fostering research partnerships, and addressing policy-related matters. Overseeing peer review procedures for relevant research funding is integral, alongside acting as the primary interface for stakeholders internally (across MRC sections and UKRI partners) and externally (including researchers, funding agencies, and policymakers). Assistance to MRC/UKRI leadership in developing and implementing scientific initiatives and policy is also part of the role, as is the development and management of funding opportunities and innovative initiatives.

Person Specification

  • PhD (relevant to the work of the MRC), or equivalent higher degree in research
  • A background in population health science, or research aligned to this, whether in research or policy
  • Experience working in health research management and familiarity with UK medical or biological research in Universities and the NHS
  • Experience in developing and managing strong partnerships and relationships inside and outside the organization, managing conflicts, and building consensus to deliver key objectives.
  • Ability to manage and lead a team and work effectively across internal & external organizational structures
  • Ability to handle, analyse and present complex information (eg. scientific, financial, policy, ethical)
  • Able to address your motivation and clearly state how you meet the criteria of the role in a cover letter (max 2 pages)
  • Negotiating solutions in conflicting and politically sensitive environments
  • Proven experience of representing an organisation at a senior level and the influencing favourable outcomes
  • The ability to work under pressure and deliver targets to very tight deadlines
  • High level of insight and credibility in population science / medical research and research funding issues
  • Excellent oral communication skills

Benefits

We recognise and value our employees as individuals and aim to provide a favourable pay and rewards package! We’re committed to supporting employees' development and promote a culture of continuous learning!

  • An outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
  • 30 days' annual leave in addition to 10.5 public and privilege days (full time equivalent)
  • Employee discounts and offers on retail and leisure activities
  • Employee assistance programme, providing confidential help and advice
  • Flexible working options

Plus, many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

How to apply:

For full details, please visit our careers site via the ‘Apply’ button above. Please submit an application including your CV and a Cover Letter that showcases how your skills and experience align to the requirements of the role. 

A well thought through application providing evidence and examples of how you meet the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

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