SPSHU Project Manager

University of Glasgow


Job Purpose

To support the planning and delivery of research projects at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU), University of Glasgow.  This role will involve managing all aspects of study delivery, including study start up, recruitment, data collection and study close down.

The post holder will also contribute to the acquisition of new research funding, by project managing and supporting the development of funding applications.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Liaise with lead researchers and project teams to plan and deliver all stages of projects within SPHSU efficiently and effectively.

2. Work with staff across the unit to identify funding opportunities for the SPHSU and coordinate and contribute to writing and submission of grant applications.

3. Coordinate the development and contribute to the writing of funding applications by SPHSU’s Principal Investigators, helping them to submit strong proposals to key funders.

4. Provide day to day co-ordination of SPHSU research projects, including coordinating training, data collection, data management, monitoring deadlines and budgets and providing Principal Investigator’s with detailed project status reports, including progress against agreed milestones highlighting significant project risks and changes.

5.  Ensure that all appropriate project tracking and filing systems are up to date and accurate, ensuring that study protocol and contractual requirements are met appropriately and in a timely fashion.

6.  Establish and maintain effective communication with other departments within the University and external partners. Take responsibility for communicating best project management practice.

7.  Maintain clear documentation of study processes and ensure studies operate according to protocols and maintain a consistently high level of performance in accordance with these, as well as providing a highly effective and responsive approach to problem resolution.

8. Contribute to developing and implementing appropriate project management methodologies (including study specific SOPs) and quality systems within the Unit.

9. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable project management strategy.

10. Prepare reports for external funding bodies, ethics committees, internal research committees and meetings as appropriate and communicate research results within the research group, to internal research meetings and other recognised avenues of dissemination.

11. Secure ethical and relevant governance approvals for studies and ensure compliance with UK legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.

12. Supervise, mentor and train less experienced members of the team to ensure their effective development.

13. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline and engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

14. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by Principal Investigators and/or the Unit Director.

15. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, World Changers Together.



A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9, [Ordinary Degree, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4], or equivalent in a relevant discipline/business area with evidence of continued professional development in an area relevant to the role


B1  Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline/business area

Knowledge, Skills and Experienc

Knowledge and Skills


C1. Significant project or trial management knowledge and skills.

C2. Knowledge of the regulatory framework which governs research.

C3. Excellent communication skills [both oral and written]

C4. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop networks of useful contacts within and beyond the Unit.

C5. Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team with excellent workload and time management skills.

C6. Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

C7. Proven analytical and problem-solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

C8. Excellent organisational and coordinating skills, including ability to cope under pressure while maintaining a high level of accuracy

C9. Self-motivated, flexible, reliable and with an enthusiastic approach to work


D1. Strong  writing skills with experience of writing grant or funding bids within the Higher Education Sector

D2. An understanding of grant application processes and the key funders for public health research

D3. Knowledge of social, public health, global health or medical research D4. Knowledge of the scientific principles of randomised controlled trials

D5. Knowledge of quantitative or qualitative research methods



E1. Experience of project management acquired across a number of projects, which would ideally include trial management and/or the co-ordination of funding proposals

E2. Experience of working in a health setting, research environment or similar

E3. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.


F1. Experience of applying for ethical approval

F2. Project/trials management experience in the context of complex interventions

F3. Experience of managing budgets

F4. Direct experience of / involvement in grant applications to funders such as UKRI and NIHR

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £37,474 – £42,155 per annum.

This post is full time, and has funding until 31 December 2024.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University  https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https://www.gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.

View or Apply
To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your cover/motivation letter where (vacanciesin.eu) you saw this job posting.

Job Location