Role based at our Head Office in London (Tooley Street, London Bridge) or flexible remote working with regular travel to our Head Office
What the job involves
Funding research that will improve the lives of men with, or at high risk of, prostate cancer is one of Prostate Cancer UK’s highest priorities. Prostate cancer is harming too many men, in exchange for too few cures, which is why we are motivated more than ever to deliver a future where lives are no longer harmed by prostate cancer. We invest in the most innovative ideas to accelerate our knowledge and understanding of prostate cancer, and to develop better treatments and more effective approaches to diagnose the disease, so that we can transform the lives of all men with, or at risk of, prostate cancer.
We are looking to appoint two passionate and enthusiastic Research Officers to join our Research Directorate. You will support the delivery of our research grant funding activities to ensure that we only fund the very best projects with the greatest chance of making a real difference for men. You will develop a good understanding of the science contained within the research proposals we receive and use this knowledge to find individuals within the international research community with the right expertise and experience to assess these proposals. You will provide support to applicants who wish to submit their research projects to us for funding, and you will contribute towards the preparation and delivery of the charity’s research committee meetings, where funding recommendations are made. This includes corresponding with, and assisting, our scientific committee; preparing meeting documentation; writing full and clear minutes of our committee meetings; and preparing outcome letters detailing funding recommendations.
In addition to our grant funding activities, you will also support our Research Manager & Grant Manager in overseeing the charity’s portfolio of research grants, handling and reviewing annual progress reports and invoice claims. You will also support and take part in engagement visits with our funded researchers and their support teams (virtually and in person at their institutions) to discuss their research and the short and long-term plans in order to achieve patient benefit.
You will work on a variety of collaborative projects with others within the Research Directorate and the wider charity, using our research portfolio to support our communication and fundraising activities by demonstrating the impact of the charity’s research investments in taking us a step closer to taming prostate cancer.
What we want from you
We are looking for two highly enthusiastic individuals with a degree in a bio-medical (or relevant) science subject who are eager to develop a career in research management. You should be able to understand a broad range of complex scientific information presented in funding applications, and utilise this information to identify potential peer reviewers with relevant expertise to assess the research proposals we receive for funding (prior experience of conducting peer review is desirable, but not essential).
You will frequently be in communication with a variety of researchers, as well as colleagues at all levels across the charity, so you will need to be a confident and clear communicator both orally and in writing.
You should be motivated to develop a decent understanding of research management and strive to consistently perform to the highest standards. We are looking for someone with a keen attention to detail and who is proficient in the use of standard IT packages, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Importantly, you must be excited and motivated about achieving major improvements for men with, or at high risk of, prostate cancer.
Why work for us?
Simply put, we believe men deserve better. They deserve a future where lives and bodies are not harmed by prostate cancer. We continue to invest millions of pounds each year into ground-breaking biomedical research and we need motivated individuals to help ensure that we fund research of the highest quality and which has the greatest potential to take us a step closer to benefitting men affected by the disease.
We have a clear focus on delivering radical improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, so that it can become a disease the next generation of men need not fear.
The support we’ll provide
Join our team and you’ll be working at an award-winning charity that will help you learn and develop your skills and expertise. We provide everything you’d expect from a professional organisation – competitive benefits package, enhanced contributory pension scheme, life insurance, season ticket loan – but much more besides. Work with us and you’ll see your efforts pay off as we fight for a better future for men.
For more information and to apply online please visit our website via the link.
Closing date: 7 March 2021.
Interviews start: W/C 22 March 2021.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 02653887.