Oxford Cancer Senior Research Projects Manager

University of Oxford


About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Projects Manager to join Oxford Cancer, a city-wide research initiative and partnership between Oxford University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Thames Valley Cancer Alliance and the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We seek to harness Oxford’s world-leading cancer research from our growing network of 1,000+ members who are working in cancer-related fields. This network covers a range of disciplines, all with the core aim of facilitating collaboration to ensure rapid translation of scientific discovery to treatments for patients.

An important part of Oxford Cancer’s activity is the establishment and management of laboratories, services and facilities used by a variety of cancer researchers working on cutting edge, innovative and high impact projects. Collaborators include academics at Oxford and across the UK, as well as commercial and industry partners. 

This role will be responsible for the technical management of a range of cancer research projects and identifying and developing novel opportunities for collaborative cancer research through challenge-based workshops and working groups. Supporting the writing of research funding applications and offering expert advice to PIs on aspects of the application process including managing collaborative applications, addressing risk management, research agreements and intellectual property matters (liaising with Research Services and Oxford University Innovation).

This will involve providing day-to-day oversight and technical management of a portfolio of translational cancer research projects and programmes including sample collection/processing, immune-analysis, genetic analysis, digital pathology, image analysis, patient data, administrative healthcare records, multimodal data integration and analysis.

You will be required to monitor and deliver key project milestones and outcomes and report those to funders. Report to senior internal and external stakeholders and customers through briefings, presentations and written reports at various governance meetings. Ensure decisions from these meetings are implemented. Review management information to support decision-making processes, including monitoring the use of Oxford Cancer funds across the associated departments, in liaison with departmental staff. Facilitate excellent communication across the activities and groups within these programmes, including engagement with various University Departments, the Medical Sciences and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisions, the Oxford University Hospitals Trust, and funding bodies.

This is a full-time post (although part-time hours at a minimum of 80% FTE will be considered) based at Oxford Cancer, New Richards Building, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LA, and is available on a three-year fixed term contract.

About you

You must hold (or be very near to completing) a doctorate in a cancer relevant field.  You will have extensive experience in coordinating, preparing and writing research funding applications. You will have a proven ability to meet multiple tight deadlines, work well under pressure and independently prioritise a large volume of varied work whilst maintaining accuracy. You will have strong analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills in a constantly changing environment. You will have experience of communicating science to a wide range of audiences and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to interact equally effectively with senior academic staff, researchers and support staff within the University. Experience of coordinating complex inter-disciplinary multi-investigator research or infrastructure funding applications would be advantageous.

Application Process

Applications for this vacancy need to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement (setting out how you meet the selection criteria), a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received by 12:00pm BST on Monday 27 March 2023 will be considered.

Interviews are likely to be held on Friday 07 April 2023. Applicants should be available to attend on this date.

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