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Application of the 3Rs plays an essential role in achieving scientific excellence. The NC3Rs supports the development and uptake of new research tools and models with reduced reliance on the use of animals and/or improved animal welfare. Our activities are divided between our role as a 3Rs research funder and programmes led by our own team of scientists. Additional teams work across the office to support our scientific programmes.

We are currently recruiting for the following role at the NC3Rs:

Programme Manager – Early Career Awards (Maternity cover)

Grade: Band 3
Location: London
Salary: £40,016 - £46,643 plus London allowances
Contract type: Fixed-term appointment, one year (full-time)

Purpose of role

The role of the Early Career Awards Programme Manager offers a unique opportunity to work with both early career and senior researchers to stimulate change and inspire the next generation of scientists in implementing the 3Rs in their research.

In addition to having responsibility for the annual funding calls for the Fellowship and PhD Studentship schemes, which aim to embed the 3Rs within the training and research activities of early career scientists, this role also develops resources and delivers training and networking events tailored to establishing and supporting 3Rs-driven cohorts of early career researchers.

Main duties

  • Maximise dissemination and uptake of 3Rs advances arising from the Centre’s early career awards by building collaborative relationships with award holders and students through visits, focused workshops and the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Promote the Centre’s funding schemes through institutional visits, webinars and presentations.
  • Support the funding schemes’ application process including providing guidance to potential applicants, referee selection, presenting at applicant workshops, allocating applications to Panel members and compiling applicant feedback.
  • Review the Centre’s portfolio of early career awards including monitoring the progress of awards and collating outcomes and impacts reported on Researchfish to produce evaluation reports, scheme reviews and to monitor scheme performance.
  • Work with award holders to ensure that the methodologies developed as part of their NC3Rs grants are published, in enough detail to facilitate adoption and have a clearly described 3Rs impact, on a freely accessible platform such as the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Work with the NC3Rs Communications team to produce impact case studies, news articles, award announcements and other materials aimed at both scientific and lay audiences.
  • Identify opportunities to work with other research funders on areas of mutual strategic importance to build capacity in the 3Rs.
  • Represent the NC3Rs in a variety of collaborations and networks.
  • Build and sustain relationships with key external stakeholders, including Panel members.
  • Contribute to the evolution of the NC3Rs research funding strategy, schemes and policies.

Person specification

Education, qualifications
and training

A PhD in a biological science is essential (in vivo experience is desirable)

Previous work experience

  • Experience of analysing and summarising research outputs and impacts
  • Experience of organising meetings, workshops or events
  • Experience of developing, influencing and maintaining excellent relationships
  • Funding organisation experience is desirable
  • Experience as a post-doctoral researcher is desirable

Other experience
and knowledge

  • An understanding of the issues around the use of animals in research and a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs
  • Ability to engage in scientific issues, with credibility at all levels
  • Experience of managing a varied workload and delivering work to deadlines
  • Ability to think creatively and developing novel solutions to specific challenges
  • Strong organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent IT skills and an ability to use and interrogate computerised systems, including databases, is desirable

Personal skills,
behaviours and qualities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to tailor style to a range of scientific, executive and lay audiences. 
  • Persuasive and credible in winning support for NC3Rs’ agenda
  • Excellent customer service skills 
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Keen interest to be involved in ad-hoc project work and in wider team initiatives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team

How to apply

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11 May.

Please visit the MRC vacancy portal for further information, including how to apply.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter should outline and explain how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification for this position. 

Interviews are due to take in June 2021.