It is an exciting time to be joining Diabetes UK as we're at the start of our new five-year strategy. Our ambitions to realise our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm are to want people to live well and longer with diabetes and to cure or prevent diabetes. As a Research Officer in the Research Directorate, you will join a busy team with a strong reputation for rigorous grant funding processes, ensuring that gold standard governance processes for funding are implemented. This role is critical to warrant that the research which Diabetes UK funds is relevant to people affected with diabetes and has the potential to make a difference to their lives.
Interview Date: 13 & 15 Sept 21
What we can offer you:
- Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays
- A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments)
- Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
- Discounts on gym membership
- Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life
- Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
- Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities
- Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
- Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.
Working closely with the Research Manager, you will be responsible for the day to day administration of a wide range of research grants and funding schemes as well as dealing with enquiries from potential applicants. The Research Officer will manage the awarded grants and provide any support to our grant holders. Your role will also entail the planning and delivery of our PhD and Fellowship networking events. You will also support the Research Manager to deliver and improve the involvement of people with diabetes in the grant funding processes. As part of this role, you will build relationships with the research community, relevant research funders, and other organisations.
As a Research Officer, you will have a BSc in life-sciences or a related area and will be looking to establish a career in research funding. You will have some experience of working in a research funding environment, or within a busy administration role. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills and collaborate well with others in the team. You will be confident working in a high-pressure environment, managing multiple work streams within agreed timeframes, as well as being able to show autonomy in your work.