Research Manager


6th August 2018


Location: Chilworth
Salary: £29,799 to £36,613 Per annum
Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date: Monday 6th August 2018
Interview Date: Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Reference: 1025318VB

We are looking for high calibre candidates with experience of global health research and/or health-related research in an NHS, social care or public health setting or health research management to join our teams managing NIHR research programmes. Vacancies currently exist in the team managing our infrastructure contracts funded through the NIHR Global Health Research programme. Successful candidates will be placed on best fit to meet business area requirements, and will be supported to move around the organisation to meet business and personal development needs.

This is an excellent opportunity for highly motivated individuals to work in an intellectually challenging area of health research management. As a Research Manager you will manage a substantial portfolio NIHR global health research contracts, and contribute to strategic development of the portfolio working closely with the Department for Health and Social Care. Working both individually and as part of a team, you will need to build and maintain positive and professional working relationships with people at all levels, both internally and externally; excellent communication and interpersonal skills are therefore essential. You will be capable of prioritising your own workload and using your initiative to lead on improvements to working practices. You must be able to understand, rationalise and communicate complex problems or issues and take or recommend appropriate action.

You should have excellent writing, analytical and record-keeping skills supported by sound administrative experience, an understanding of medical and scientific literature, and an awareness of applied health research in the UK and internationally. You will be joining an enthusiastic and cohesive team who are committed to adding maximum value to the management of health research. Some remote working could be considered on an individual basis, depending on team roles, locations and logistics.

A description of the activities within the functional teams across the organisation and a sample task list indicating the variety and nature of MSA 4 Research Management posts at NETSCC is attached.

The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and has an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. The University offers excellent benefits including generous holidays, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to develop your career in a professional and friendly working environment.

The Wessex Institute is a large enterprise unit within the University of Southampton situated at the University of Southampton Science Park, Chilworth. The Institute is focused on providing high-quality, practice-based research evidence to support decision makers in health and social care. We offer a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise in added-value health research, research management and in health technology assessment. Our teams also comprise health research administrators, specialists in information management, finance, contracting, public and patient involvement and communications.

The Wessex Institute is home to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), which was established in 2008. NETSCC runs a number of research funding programmes on behalf of the NIHR, and is funded by the Department of Health.

You will be joining a vibrant institute, within the University’s Faculty of Medicine and  dedicated staff teams focused on making a difference to patients and the public, and providing research evidence to meet the needs of decision makers in health and social care.

The University Science Park offers a pleasant, spacious and green working environment, with free parking, on-site childcare facilities, coffee shop and good transport access, including a regular commuter bus link.

For an informal chat about any of the available posts, please contact: Stephanie Russell,, 023 8059 7434 or Martin Mulenga,, 023 8059 7399.

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