Twickenham, Greater London (Hybrid)
£28,500 per year
Contract, 22 Months, Full-time
Job description

The National Institute for Health and Care Research Central Commissioning Facility manages a number of research funding programmes on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care with a total annual value in excess of £550 million.

Our Graduate Scheme in Research Management provides a unique opportunity to experience all aspects of research management, helping to shape the future of healthcare, social care and public health.

The posts are based in LGC’s Grant Management Group in Twickenham. Joining the graduate scheme provides the opportunity for internal collaboration with staff as well as exciting external liaison, with interfaces to UK Government, academia, industry and the clinical community. Occasional travel to other NIHR centres and locations may be required.

The staff in GMG are experts in managing research on behalf of major organisations for the benefit of wider society. GMG manages three centres on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research, and delivers research management, research communications and engagement, and provides expertise into the funding and management of commercial and technological innovation. You’ll receive mentoring, professional development and training from experienced colleagues in our specialist teams.

As well as this chance to become knowledgeable and proficient in aspects of general research management facing the public sector, we are, for the first time this year, extending our offer to graduates who are particularly interested in developing a career in either Research Communications or Industry and Commercialisation and will be appointing three graduates in 2022.

What you will do on our scheme:

Each step of the 22-month programme will challenge you and develop your managerial skills. You will have the chance to build your strengths and explore your career aspirations. We enable you to:

1) Understand how health research studies are awarded and monitored

2) Review an aspect of our work as part of a study in your first six months to deepen your appreciation of our service

3) Pitch to lead a multi-faceted management project to develop our grant management service

4) Deliver this 8-month project with tailored mentoring and coaching

5) Pitch to lead a second management project, potentially in a different area of interest

6) Deliver this second 8-month project with greater autonomy

For the Research Communications and Industry and Commercialisation streams steps 2-6 will be focused on projects and skill development related to the respective streams.

We see the chance to deliver projects as the best way to learn what it takes to be an effective manager. You will be supported throughout, to help you reflect on what you are learning, to develop your talents and plan your career. On completion of the scheme, you’ll be ready to take your career to the next stage, having acquired a comprehensive understanding of research management.

Entry requirements:

The ideal candidates will have a curious mind, be innovative in their thinking, have passion to improve and a desire to make an impact on our business.


  • Relevant degree eg biomedical, health or life sciences (Essential)
  • Alternatively for the Industry and Commercialisation stream: Relevant degree eg biomedical, health or life sciences, Law or similar business qualification (Essential)
  • Transferable skills for scientific/technical office workplace eg project planning, presentation of findings (Essential)
  • Project management and/or business administration training eg via a course module (Desirable)
  • Evidence of financial acumen, eg budget forecasting (Desirable)
  • In addition for the Research Communications stream:
    • Evidence of research engagement with non-technical/clinical audiences e.g. writing news, features or blogs, talks, podcasts, video or infographics (Desirable)
  • In addition for the Industry and Commercialisation stream:
    • Ability to demonstrate commercial awareness (Desirable)
    • Formal/informal training in Technology Transfer (Desirable)

Technical skills

  • Reading and summarising scientific, technical or clinical literature
  • Report writing
  • Information research and analysis
  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Innovative - able to find solutions to problems using creativity, reasoning and past experience
  • In addition for Research Communications stream:
    • Proven copywriting and editing experience.
    • Numeracy, grammar and punctuation skills.
  • In addition for the Industry and Commercialisation stream:
    • Can demonstrate awareness of health research process and ecosystem
    • Ability to present complex information in a easily comprehensible manner
    • Understanding of contracts for research (Desirable)

Common essential competencies and behaviours:

  • Good work ethic  –  committed, willing to work and learn, punctual.
  • Evidence of taking responsibility for effective delivery either as an employee or as a volunteer.
  • Communicates (two-way) with ease, demonstrates confidence and establishes trust.
  • Conveys information clearly, logically, positively and accurately; both verbally and in writing.
  • Evidence of sensible time management and planning to deliver a good product or service in a timely manner, either as an individual or in a team.
  • Evidence of being able to build rapport and working relationships with a range of individuals.
  • Understands the value of teamwork in terms of combining expertise and capability. Works flexibly in line with different people’s capacities.
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving capabilities.

Role Details & Benefits 

  • Salary: £28,500 PA 
  • Wide range of core benefits
  • Hours: 0900 to 1730 Mon to Fri 
  • Location: Twickenham / Hybrid Remote

Interested in learning more about this exciting position with the UK's largest and most prestigious funder of research, please submit a cover letter and CV and one of the team will be in touch. 


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Posted on: 06 July 2022
Closed date: 05 August 2022 at 23:59
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