Research Manager

University of Exeter

Research Services

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

We currently have 2 Research Manager posts available, both part time at 0.5 FTE starting 1st January 2024 ending 28th February 2026.

Please see both Job Descriptions below-



They are the same role with minor alterations related to the specific project. Please outline in your personal statement which role you will be looking to apply for and if both at 1FTE please be clear.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – with a minimum of 2 days on campus.

We are happy to support secondments.

***NOTE: Please be sure that you are clearly completing the personal statement section of your application, you must outline how you fit the criteria of the person specification.

Summary of the role

We have 2 roles available both at 50%FTE

Summary Research Manager P75871:

The NIHR-FUNDED School for Primary Care Research is entering its fourth iteration, commencing 1 April 2021. The School is a Membership body, with representation from nine leading primary care academic centres in England. The Director of the School and Chair of the Board overseeing SPCR IV activities will be Professor Christian Mallen, University of Keele. Dr Georgina Fletcher is Senior Scientific Manager of SPCR. Nationally, the School brings together academics and practitioners from across the country to collaborate on cutting edge, topical primary care studies that have an impact both at policy level and in general practices around the country. In addition to conducting high profile research, NIHR SPCR attracts the best new researchers into its capacity building programme and offer trainees support and networking opportunities through an extensive training and events programme. SPCR mission is to increase the evidence base for primary care practice, and to increase research capacity in primary care.

Summary Research Manager P78029:

SPOCC (SPOtting Cancer among Comorbidities) is an NIHR-funded five-year research programme is led by the APEx Team at the University of Exeter in collaboration with University College London. The focus of this work is to find out how pre-existing medical conditions put patients at higher risk of having a delayed cancer diagnosis and to use this information to help improve the diagnosis of cancer and survival rates in these patients. The programme of research started in March 2021 and is being conducted by a large multi-disciplinary team. A vacancy has become available for a manager for this programme to work closely with the Principal Investigator (Prof. Gary Abel) in facilitating the delivery of this important research.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024).  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world’s most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.  More than 99% of our research is of international quality and 47% is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. 

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

Further information

If you would like to discuss the roles, please check the contact on the job description.

Please note interviews are to be held on the 12th of December.

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