View Vacancy -- Programme Manager – Early Career Awards (Maternity cover) - NC3Rs 1534

Open Date
13/04/2021, 09:00
Close Date
11/05/2021, 23:55

Application of the 3Rs plays an essential role in achieving scientific excellence. The NC3Rs supports the development and uptake of new research tools and models with reduced reliance on the use of animals and/or improved animal welfare and its activities are divided between its role as a 3Rs research funder and programmes led by its own team of scientists. Further information can be found at

We provide a range of funding mechanisms to support projects, infrastructure, and training and career development. The awards we make deliver 3Rs benefits, as well as advancing the scientific field across a breadth of subjects such as improving the understanding of human diseases, developing efficacious and safe medicines, and protecting the environment. We are the main funder of 3Rs research in the UK, with over £70 million committed through our funding schemes, since the Centre’s establishment in 2004. Further information on the awards we have made to-date can be found at

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MRC - 3
£40,016 - £46,643 plus London allowances
Fixed Term
Full Time
One year

The role of the Early Career Awards Programme Manager offers a unique opportunity to work with both early career and senior researchers to stimulate change and inspire the next generation of scientists in implementing the 3Rs in their research.

In addition to having responsibility for the annual funding calls for the Fellowship and PhD Studentship schemes, which aim to embed the 3Rs within the training and research activities of early career scientists, this role also develops resources and delivers training and networking events tailored to establishing and supporting 3Rs-driven cohorts of early career researchers.

Key responsibilities

  • Maximise dissemination and uptake of 3Rs advances arising from the Centre’s early career awards by building collaborative relationships with award holders and students through visits, focused workshops and the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Promote the Centre’s funding schemes through institutional visits, webinars and presentations.
  • Support the funding schemes’ application process including providing guidance to potential applicants, referee selection, presenting at applicant workshops, allocating applications to Panel members and compiling applicant feedback.
  • Review the Centre’s portfolio of early career awards including monitoring the progress of awards and collating outcomes and impacts reported on Researchfish to produce evaluation reports, scheme reviews and to monitor scheme performance.
  • Work with award holders to ensure that the methodologies developed as part of their NC3Rs grants are published, in enough detail to facilitate adoption and have a clearly described 3Rs impact, on a freely accessible platform such as the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Work with the NC3Rs Communications team to produce impact case studies, news articles, award announcements and other materials aimed at both scientific and lay audiences.
  • Identify opportunities to work with other research funders on areas of mutual strategic importance to build capacity in the 3Rs.
  • Represent the NC3Rs in a variety of collaborations and networks.
  • Build and sustain relationships with key external stakeholders, including Panel members.
  • Contribute to the evolution of the NC3Rs research funding strategy, schemes and policies.

Additional Information

  • The Programme Manager will also contribute to other activities where appropriate and will be part of the Funding Team within the Science and Technology group.
  • The ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.
  • There will be no formal staff management responsibilities.
  • The post is based primarily in London but travel to attend meetings in other UK and/or overseas locations is required.
  • The post holder will need to work early and/or late when required – especially around key meetings and events.

Education, qualifications and training

  • PhD in a biological science (in vivo experience is desirable)

Previous work experience

  • Funding organisation experience is desirable
  • Experience as a post-doctoral researcher is desirable
  • Experience of analysing and summarising research outputs and impacts
  • Experience of organising meetings, workshops or events
  • Experience of developing, influencing and maintaining excellent relationships

Knowledge and experience

  • An understanding of the issues around the use of animals in research and a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs
  • Ability to engage in scientific issues, with credibility at all levels
  • Experience of managing a varied workload and delivering work to deadlines
  • Ability to think creatively and developing novel solutions to specific challenges
  • Strong organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent IT skills and an ability to use and interrogate computerised systems, including databases, is desirable

Personal skills, behaviours and qualities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to tailor style to a range of scientific, executive and lay audiences.
  • Persuasive and credible in winning support for NC3Rs’ agenda
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Keen interest to be involved in ad-hoc project work and in wider team initiatives

Team player

  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work well as part of a team

This role will report to Dr Katie Bates, Head of Research Funding. The position is a one-year fixed term (full-time) contract. Salary will be in the range of £40,016 - £46,643 per annum, (plus London allowances) depending on skills and experience.

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11 May.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter should outline how you qualify for the role and meet the person specification. 

Interviews are due to take place in June 2021. 

The NC3Rs is an autonomous body responsible for setting and delivering its strategy and managing its resources. It is not an independent public bodyand for this reason it operates under the umbrella of the Medical Research Council (MRC), using some of the MRC administrative systems. A service agreement exists between the NC3Rs and the MRC. NC3Rs staff are appointed to the appropriate MRC Band and immediately seconded to the NC3Rs.

Choosing to come to work at the NC3Rs (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the NC3Rs and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As"Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

This opportunity is closed to applications.