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  • Posted on: 11th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £38,304 - £42,652 (Grade 6 SP31-35)
  • REF: 015787
  • Closes: 28th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

We are looking to appoint a Research Project Manager to support academic and research staff and their academic collaborators in other institutions, hospitals and industry conducting this funded research and delivering outcomes that have real-world, life-improving impacts.

This post will support an EPSRC Programme Grant for Next Generation Molecular Imaging and Therapy with Radionuclides (MITHRAS). The Programme is led by 15 co-investigators and is mainly hosted by King’s College London, with major additional contributions from colleagues at Imperial College London and University of Southampton along with 17 industrial partners. This highly multidisciplinary project employs specialist researchers in radionuclide production, nanodrug and cell therapy, radiochemists, and molecular imaging biologists and physicists. The candidate will manage all administrative, operational and financial aspects of the programme.

The role will provide strategically informed project management support, working closely with, within and across teams responsible for research, translation, healthcare and industry both internal and external to KCL. The post holder may also support other research programmes as part of a mutually supportive team of managers.
Key Responsibilities

The research Project Manager is key to successful delivery of the EPSRC MITHRAS programme, chiefly they will be responsible for:

• To manage and disseminate as necessary project-related information

• To provide administrative leadership and accountability, being actively involved in setting targets and objectives for the research team and reviewing performance against the targets.

• To service the management, Executive, Advisory Board meetings and stakeholder meetings.

• With other staff in the team develop a programme, and ensure the smooth running, of project seminars, workshops and conferences.

• Ensure progress within and assist with the implementation of systems and procedures both for specific activities and broad organisational issues as relevant to the management of research funded projects and partnerships, providing advice and support to PI’s and other academic staff as appropriate.

• Ensure appropriate meetings are held frequently to assess progress of projects and strategy against the project plan, milestones and budget. Help the PI keep the team focussed on delivery

• Work with the senior managers, PI and team to set milestones and funding amounts as appropriate, and to redirect finances where needed in accordance with funding regulations.

• Assist the team to draft reports required by funders (for example: interim, milestone, annual reports and surveys). Be responsible for ensuring funder reports are completed and satisfactory to ensure the release of further funding.

• To liaise with KCL contracts to draft consultancy and research agreements with independent advisors and subcontracts with private industry, other universities and NHS partners.

• To provide support for staff recruitment and preparation of job descriptions etc. in liaison with School and College professional services staff

• To support PIs, research staff and PhD students in tandem with other professional services staff in the unit by advising on future grant applications, creating costings and overseeing the full application process from beginning to award.

• Working with other staff as appropriate to develop and maintain internal and external communications and public relations, including supporting regular reporting and maintaining the programme website and social media account.

• Regularly communicate complex information in a clear and precise way.

• Offer advice or guidance on complex issues relating to research management, research translation, clinical studies and other relevant topics.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, Knowledge, & Experience

Essential criteria

• Degree (preferable in Life Science and to PhD level) or equivalent professional qualification or equivalent experience (preferable in Life Science)

• Experience of research project management or research support, working within a higher education or NHS environment

• Ability to work without direct supervision; to manage own workload through and display good organisational ability

• Excellent IT skills in email, spreadsheets, word processing, databases and the Internet

• Able to monitor, explain and manage financial budget expenditures

• Experience of organizing events in the context of large-scale projects.

• Ability to work well under pressure and to be able to prioritise their work in the face of constantly shifting priorities and tight deadlines

• Ensuring projects deliverables are completed on time and reports for the funder well written

• Setting up and overseeing communications and dissemination activities.

• Ability to collaborate with colleagues at all levels across the university and external organisations

Desirable criteria

• Professional project management qualification (e.g. Prince2)

• Experience of grant writing and scientific writing

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months

This is a part-time post – 50% full time equivalent

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