Organisation MRC
Organisation Detail Medical Research Council, Head Office
Reference Number IRC245326
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £37789 - £48286
Date Posted 15 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 June 2018
Interview Date 27 June 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 - £48,286 (plus London allowance if applicable)
Grade: UKRI - Band E
Contract Type: 2 x open-ended, 1 x 12 month fixed term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th June 2018
Interview Date: 27th June & 2nd July 2018

Three positions are currently available within the Translation and Industry team. The team looks after a diverse range of initiatives and translational funding schemes, identifying opportunities for the UK and supporting the research community in moving exciting research outputs towards the clinic. Core business includes management of high-profile translational funding schemes such as the Development Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) and partnership working across a wide range of industry, charity and public-sector agencies. The team plays a leading role in the development and implementation of innovative and strategic open innovation partnerships with industry, focusing on maximising UK discovery science and fostering cross-sector and interdisciplinary working.

Please note, of the three roles being advertised, two will be based in Swindon and one will be based in London.

Overall purpose of the Programme Manager role: 

  • Oversee a scientific area, building stakeholder relationships and expertise on UK and international opportunities and needs;
  • Develop and manage funding schemes and innovative initiatives;
  • To act as the primary interface with the scientific community within that patch/area and other stakeholders as required;
  • To assist senior staff in the overview and support of fields of research and the development and implementation of scientific strategy, initiatives and policy;
  • To keep senior staff advised on important scientific developments and other relevant matters connected with the scientific patch;
  • To manage the review process for MRC strategic investments.

Working relationships:

Reporting to: Head of Theme

Staff Management: No direct line management; working with administrative teams on peer review delivery.

Interactions: Close working relationships with Heads of Theme, other Programme Managers and various MRC office groups are critical and the role involves developing and maintaining a broad range of working relationships within UKRI and externally, including: 

  • Board and Panel members
  • MRC scientific staff
  • Information analysis team
  • Senior scientists (academia and industry)
  • Referees and referee selectors
  • Other UKRI funders, NIHR, the charity sector and government stakeholders.

Additional information:

Successful applicants will be required to frequently work in the opposite (London/Swindon) office and be willing to stay overnight and work long hours on an occasional basis. Additional, infrequent UK & European travel may also be necessary.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units and institutes in the UK.

Shortlisting & Interview criteria

Knowledge and experience

Strong awareness of health research. Knowledge and expertise in Med Tech, informatics, imaging, drug discovery (small molecule, antibody or advanced therapeutics), biomarker development and or experimental medicine/early phase clinical trials from an academic or industry background welcomed. Insight into the UK funding landscape and the interactions between government, charity funders, industry, academia and the NHS would be particularly valuable in this role.

Education/Qualifications/Training required:


  • PhD or equivalent, with post-doctoral experience in a clinical, academic or industrial setting. Significant research or research related experience, providing a broad understanding of scientific issues;
  • Experience of working with and presenting/communicating impact to a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Experience of having worked in one or the following areas: the pharmaceutical industry, NHS, scientific publishing or academia;
  • Ability to identify key issues within a project and analyse essential information;
  • Able to identify strategic objectives and their implications and make adaptations for own area of work;
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and time effectively;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships;
  • Excellent negotiation, influencing, persuasion and “people” skills;
  • Ability to communicate clearly – both orally and written, across a range of issues (beyond own scientific/technical focus).

Personal skills/behaviours/qualities:


  • positive advocate for medical research and the MRC;
  • drive and determination;
  • integrity and takes personal responsibility;
  • resilience– ability to stay calm under pressure;
  • committed to self and organisational improvement.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.

The MRC is a unique working environment within the new UK Research and Innovation where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you.

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

The closing date for applications is 17th June 2018. The interviews for this vacancy will take place on 27th June and 2nd July 2018. Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and mandatory covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded).

Please advise in your cover letter your preferred location and contract type.

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling. IRC245326

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