UK Dementia Research Institute Centre Manager

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 02nd Dec 2021
  • Salary: £37,467-£50,296
  • REF: ZE29308
  • Closes: 04th January 2023
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for a Centre Manager at the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), at the University of Cambridge, Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.

To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap. We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 700 staff investigating the spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia, with laboratory-based research groups located at University College London, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London and King’s College London.


Developing new treatments that can prevent the onset of dementia or protect neurons from damage is hindered by our lack of knowledge in the fundamental causes and mechanisms behind neurodegeneration. Scientists at the UK DRI at Cambridge use cutting-edge approaches to build our understanding of the biological processes behind the earliest stages of neurodegeneration and ageing. They explore mechanisms causing the loss of vital connections between neurons and the pathways that drive repair of these connections, which are essential for memory formation and survival of brain cells and identify key molecular targets for translation into effective treatments to stop, slow or reverse dementia.

We are now looking for an experienced Centre Manager to support all aspects of the Centre’s operations, working with the UK DRI Headquarters team and Clinical Neurosciences support teams. The Centre Manager is a key strategic and operational leadership post critical to developing and enhancing the Centre’s positioning as a state-of-the-art dementia research institute. The post-holder will work with the Centre Director to ensure the effective execution and running of the UK DRI Centre and projects on a day-to-day basis to enable key milestones to be met. S/he will take lead responsibility for the financial and operational management of the Centre including its staffing, equipment, health and safety, working closely with the UK DRI at Cambridge Laboratory Manager and Administrator as well as liaising with a wide range of internal scientific and administrative staff, external bodies such as collaborating research partners, laboratories, institutions and Universities and provision of regular reports (financial and progress) to UK DRI central administration.

The post holder will have significant experience in operational management and coordination in a large, complex multi-centre organisation. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent skills in leadership, backed up by a track record of successfully delivering key outputs to deadline and within budget. An ability to develop effective working relationships both within the University and across the UK DRI as a whole is essential. Previous experience working in an academic research setting is desirable.

The appointment will be made on a fixed-term basis and funding is available in the first instance until 31st March 2023. The Centre is externally funded with funding awarded in five-year tranches subject to periodic funder review. Subject to successful renewal it is anticipated that staff posts will be extended in line with successive funding periods.

For informal enquires please contact Dr Helois Radford-Rose, UK DRI at Cambridge Centre Manager:

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing Date: 4th January 2022.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference ZE29308 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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