- Job Title
- Research Manager
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 9 Jun 2019
- Starting Salary
- £31,250 - £38,100
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Jul 2019
- Months Duration
- Flexible Options
- Part Time
Main Purpose of the Job
The main purpose of this role is to support the Earlham Institute (EI) research faculty in delivering the Institute’s scientific strategy, by enabling the faculty to pursue new research and funding opportunities. This role will specifically provide support to the Director of Science in project managing their portfolio of research grants through their complete life-cycle from draft submission to final reporting. This responsibility includes coordinating the preparation of new grant proposals facilitating interactions with international collaborators and helping to manage the budget. The role will be involved in all aspects of reporting from the research division. They will be key in launching and managing the establishment of new activities from the group such as the Affiliate Faculty and Fellowship programmes.
INTERNAL: Reporting to the Head of the Research Faculty Office. This role will also work closely with groups across the Institute in particular the Director of Science, research faculty leaders, post-docs, the genomics pipeline project managers, executive assistants, and the shared support service teams in particular Contracts and Finance.
EXTERNAL: UK and international scientists, principal investigators and funding bodies.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- To manage EI projects, this will include: - Preparing, coordinating and leading the submissions of scientific business cases or grant proposals: collating material, providing text, critical proof reading of documents and papers. - Responsibility for time management of projects, drafting and/or implementing project plans. - Responsibility to create, maintain and manage central records during the lifetime of the project: tracking the progress of objectives and milestone delivery, budgets, invoices, and a lessons log. - Supporting task leaders in the coordination of the delivery of objectives. - Establishing effective project meetings. - Coordinating the drafting and final submission of annual/interim/final grant reports. - Contributing to presentations and press releases by drafting and critical reviewing of text.
- Lead on the planning and arranging of the scientific content of schedules for events including seminars, site meetings, visits or workshops, liaising with and hosting collaborators, consortia or advisory boards.
- Drafting reports and briefing notes for the Executive Team, Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees. Specifically leading on writing and compiling the quarterly science report for the Director of Science.
- Data collation and input for impact reporting.
- Responsible for horizon scanning for research funding opportunities in the fields of interest to EI researchers and compiling a bespoke monthly newsletter.
- Minute scientific discussions.
- Liaising between the Research Faculty (research leaders and post docs) and the Operations Division: Director of Operations, Genomics Pipelines, Communications, Business Development.
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.
Education & Qualifications
- BSc in a relevant scientific discipline
- PhD in a relevant scientific discipline
- PRINCE II Project Management foundation or equivalent.
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Working knowledge of project management productivity tools and principles
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with disciplined delivery
- Competence in the use and application of IT systems and computer packages
- Able to develop and implement effective processes
- Good critical thinking to facilitate problem resolution
- Taking minutes of scientific discussions
- Writing progress reports
- Science-related event planning and execution
- Financial management of a basic budget
- Track record of contributing to the acquisition of research funding (UK, EU or International)
- Track record in scientific writing
- Experience of project management
- Working in a research area relevant to the Institute
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
- Promotes and strives for continuous improvement and a commitment to high professional standards
- Assumes responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of projects, assignments or tasks
- Able to act as an ambassador for the Research Faculty/Institute and build key relationships locally on the park and externally
- Excellent mediator
- Good negotiation skills, able to deal with difficult situations and negotiate agreed solutions
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement of the Institute
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Attention to detail
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Ability to undertake occasional travel related to collaborations and/or seminars
Who We Are
Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.
Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.
Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.
Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.
The team are responsible for supporting the Earlham Institute (EI) research faculty in delivering the Institute’s scientific strategy. We are responsible for the complete life-cycle of all the Institute research grants, in particular large or consortium grants. We work to raise and maintain the quality of the research grant submissions through internal review and horizon scan for funding opportunities. We also support the development and implementation of our science strategy and oversee the recruitment of faculty and support career development, including our affiliates, studentships and fellowship programmes.
Management and Leadership
- Demonstration of matrix management skills applied across an organisation or project
Applications are invited for a Research Manager to join the Research Faculty Office at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.
The team are responsible for supporting the Earlham Institute (EI) research faculty in delivering the Institute’s scientific strategy. We are responsible for the complete life-cycle of all the Institute research grants particularly large or consortium grants.
We work to raise and maintain the quality of the research grant submissions through internal review and horizon scan for funding opportunities. We also support the development and implementation of our science strategy and oversee the recruitment of faculty and support career development, including our affiliates, studentships and fellowship programmes.
This varied and dynamic role will involve providing management of activities in the Research Faculty Office in all aspects of implementing the Institute research strategy. The post holder’s initial key responsibilities will be to support the Director of Science in project managing their portfolio of research grants through their complete lifecycle from draft submission to final reporting.
The role will be involved in all aspects of research outcome reporting for the Director of Science and the research division. They will lead on the organisation and hosting of the scientific programme for the monthly symposium series to facilitate new interactions and promote our researchers. They will be responsible for horizon scanning for research funding opportunities in the fields of interest to EI researchers and compiling a bespoke monthly newsletter to support our researchers. They will be key in launching and managing the establishment of new activities from the group such as the Affiliate Faculty and Fellowship programmes.
The ideal candidate:
To be considered for this post, applicants must possess a BSc in a relevant scientific field, a PhD would be an advantage but is not essential. They will have excellent organisational skills, ideally applied to research project management with experience of helping to put together a research grant bid.
Candidates should have prior experience of working in an academic environment and understand the pressure of contributing to meeting deadlines. Experience of managing a research budget during the life of a grant will be an advantage. A key skill in this role is the ability to accurately capture a scientific discussion as notes or formal minutes. Candidates should be resilient, adaptable, organised and able to work well as part of a team with excellent interpersonal skills.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for 24 hours per week and is for a contract of 23 months, we therefore welcome applications from candidates seeking part time and/or alternative working patterns.
As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.