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Research Officer - CSG

Job Introduction

As one of the largest funders of Diabetes Research in the UK, the Research Directorate is responsible for driving forward the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications, through investing in the best research minds and projects.

This is an exciting time to join the charity. As Research Officer, you will join a team with a strong reputation for funding high quality diabetes research.

This is a 1 year fixed term contract

Interview Date: 13 & 14 Jan 2020

Role Responsibility

  • Working closely with the Research Manager, you will be responsible for day to day delivery of the diabetes Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs) and their associated fora.
  • You will support the Research Manager and CSG members to strategically create priority research areas and the key clinical studies needed to move diabetes care forward.
  • You will also support the Research Manager to develop and improve the involvement and participation of people with diabetes and lay members within the work of the CSGs.
  • In addition, you will build relationships with the research community, relevant research funders, and other organisations, in order to take forward priorities emerging from the CSGs. 

The Ideal Candidate

Ideally, you will have a PhD or BSc in an area relevant to diabetes or alternatively in a life-sciences related area, and are looking to establish a career in patient driven research.

  • You will have some understanding of medical research landscape in the UK and of the interfaces between research funding organisations and the academic sector.
  • In addition you will be confident in developing and maintaining excellent relationships, and networking with a range of experts. 
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills are vital, as is an ability to work as part of a team. 
  • You will be confident working in a high pressure environment, managing multiple work streams, as well as being able to show autonomy in your work.  

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan (on completion of your probation period)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time.  There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes, and 1 million more with undiagnosed Type 2.

We are working to make sure that those affected by diabetes get the best care and support they need to live well with their condition and avoid life-changing complications.  We're leading the way by funding critical research, improving healthcare and treatment so we can reach our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes UK staff are motivated and experienced and extremely passionate about helping people affected by diabetes.  We have been fighting for people with diabetes for more than 80 years and changed millions of lives thanks to the new treatments, technology and policy changes we've been behind.

But there's more to do.  And you can be part of it.

We're a diverse bunch and as a charity we recognise and respect the value of everyone.

We've recently been awarded a One Star Accreditation status by Best Companies.  And this year we were named 65th in the top 100 not-for-profit organisations in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list. 

We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.  If you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

To learn more about the work we do - Click here

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