The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the major funder of cardiovascular research in the UK and one of the leading funders globally.
To galvanise a substantial international effort towards achieving our aim to accelerate scientific discovery and to turn discoveries into life-saving medical advances the BHF launched the Big Beat Challenge, a global competition that will culminate in a research award of up to £30 million to at least one multi-disciplinary team, which has identified and proposed a transformational solution to a significant problem in heart and circulatory disease.
About the role
As our Senior Research Advisor for International Programmes you’ll help shape and lead the management of the Big Beat Challenge award(s), providing a key interface between the funded international team(s), the BHF and external partners to help ensure that they have the best chance of delivering their targeted transformative advances.
The Big Beat Challenge is the largest research award of its kind worldwide and is a challenge to scientists, clinicians, innovators and entrepreneurs to look beyond incremental gains and accelerate research breakthroughs that could transform lives across the globe.
While management of the Big Beat Challenge will be the immediate focus of this role, the BHF is involved in additional international research funding initiatives, including our joint-funding awards with the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) and the Dutch Heart Foundation. The BHF is also a lead partner in the Global Cardiovascular Research Funders Forum, which has a specific ambition to advance shared research priorities including co-funding of global clinical trials. You’ll have additional scientific and managerial responsibilities for these programmes as they develop.
With a PhD in a biomedical science discipline, you’ll have an understanding of contemporary and emerging research approaches and methodologies in relevant fields as well as knowledge of the cardiovascular research landscape and associated opportunities and challenges.
You’ll have knowledge and understanding of the BHF, our mission and the importance of research to our mission and will have substantial research experience gained in academia and/or a similar industry
With previous experience in leading and managing a research programme, you’ll also have experience of initiating or participating in international research collaborations or partnerships.
You will serve as an ambassador for the BHF promoting its research achievements. You’ll be able to organise and prioritise a flexible workload whilst also managing multiple deadlines. You’ll also be a proactive member of the team possessing outstanding communication skills, able to deliver confident and articulate presentations to scientific and non-scientific audiences. In addition, you'll have excellent literacy, numeracy and database skills.
We’re here to keep hearts beating and blood flowing. With research spanning all heart and circulatory diseases, we are out to beat the world’s biggest killers. From head to toe you have over 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body so we have our work cut out.
Here at the BHF we understand that you might need a little help balancing your work and home life. Many of our people work flexibly in many different ways. Please feel free to talk to us about the flexibility you may need; we’re happy to explore what’s possible for you and the role.
1st round interviews will be held virtually over MS Teams on 20th and 24th May 2021. There may be 2nd stage interviews thereafter, which may be in person at our London head office, subject to Government guidance at the time.
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