Scientific Projects Officer

Job description

Overview of the role

As Scientific Projects Officer, you will join Beacon at the inception of the REMEDI4ALL project and will work amongst a consortium of 23 other organisations across Europe to develop the platform.

Working directly with Beacon’s newly hired Senior Scientific Projects Officer and the Therapeutic Development Team at EURORDIS: Rare Disease Europe, you will be involved in the development and delivery of the following two project work packages:

  • Engaging with those interested in drug repurposing across Europe, with a particular focus on bringing patient input into the heart of research
  • Developing a multi-platform set of training for patient groups, academics and industry members to understand the end-to-end process of drug repurposing

This is a unique opportunity to secure a role in a flagship European initiative.

As our Scientific Projects Officer, you will be involved in delivering a drug repurposing training programme and building a community of researchers, patient groups and life scientists who have an interest in repurposing. The training programme will encompass a series of e-learning resources, webinars, a podcast, an annual residential training school and a mentoring programme to support both the researchers and patient groups engaged in active research.

Alongside this, you will have the opportunity to support researchers and patient group leaders across Europe. You will learn first-hand about the drug development process while ensuring that patient input remains at the heart of our work.

Key details

SALARY

£24,000

HOURS

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

START DATE

September 2022

RESPONSIBLE TO

CEO with the intent to move under the management of a newly appointed Senior Scientific Officer after 6 months

TERM

Funding for this role is available for a five-year fixed-term contract

LOCATION

Beacon Office, Cambridge, CB1 2BL; hybrid working options available though regular work in the office is required

Initial duties and responsibilities

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT

  • Help manage and communicate with an international network of scientists, funders, regulators, industry representatives and patient groups
  • Represent Beacon and the wider REMEDI4ALL consortium at international conferences as a delegate or exhibitor
  • Manage enquiries about the REMEDI4ALL platform and support interested researchers or patient groups to learn more about our services
  • Help to establish and produce key documentation for REMEDI4ALL outreach and signposting, including print materials, videos and websites

 

TRAINING PROGRAMME DELIVERY

  • Administration and delivery of the REMEDI4ALL drug repurposing training programme
  • Support the research and development of a drug repurposing curriculum, including directly interviewing researchers, patient groups and industry professionals
  • Research, review and assess existing training opportunities for patient groups, academics and clinicians in the drug repurposing space. Produce a detailed landscape map of existing training opportunities in repurposing.

 

SUPPORT OF RESEARCH OPERATIONS

  • Support the delivery of co-creative projects between researchers and patient communities to support REMEDI4ALL research
  • Monitor active drug development projects and support project leads and patient group advisors to work together and access support from our partners

 

Additional responsibilities and duties will be added as the REMEDI4ALL project becomes established and evolves.

Personal specifications

This is a role suitable for a science graduate or an individual with some experience in the life sciences industry, who has a desire to develop an exciting collaborative project within a small, but ambitious, UK charity.

ESSENTIAL

  • Scientific degree.
  • A confident communicator with the ability to build strong working relationships.
  • An ability to communicate complex scientific processes to a generalist audience in both written and spoken English.
  • Excellent research skills, able to identify and synthesise information from multiple sources.
  • Recognition of the value of patient input in medical research.
  • Good organisational skills with experience in managing and prioritising multiple tasks.
  • Autonomous, proactive and a good problem solver.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English with strong presentation skills.
  • Computer literate and confident using all MS Office software.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the objectives of Beacon.
  • Ability to deliver occasional out-of-hours work to accommodate Beacon and REMEDI4ALL events or travel in the UK and internationally.

 

DESIRABLE

  • 2 years’ experience in the life sciences sector or a post-graduate scientific qualification (or equivalent).
  • Experience in or understanding of the drug development pipeline.
  • Experience with educational training programmes or e-learning platforms.

 

 

Benefits

25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays and additional leave for office Christmas closure

5% pension contribution

Flexible working practices, including hybrid working and flexitime

A close knit and friendly small team environment, giving you a meaningful voice in the direction of the charity

Dedicated training budget to support personal and professional training opportunities 

Time off in lieu to support appropriate work/life balance

Valuable experience working in the charity and healthcare sector

Frequent opportunities to meet and interact with beneficiaries, supporters and collaborators

Opportunities to expand your professional network through attending events and conferences 

We are currently actively exploring additional employee benefits with the aim of providing further support to our employees. We are happy to discuss these with any prospective candidate during the interview process.

Application process

Please email an up-to-date CV and cover letter to Dr Rick Thompson (CEO) and Mary Rose Roberts (COO) at recruitment@rarebeacon.org by 9am on the 15th August, outlining your relevant skills and experience. We welcome enquiries about the role to the same email address.

As we are recruiting for numerous roles simultaneously, please ensure that your name and the role you are applying for are noted clearly in the email subject line (e.g. John Smith – Application for Scientific Projects Officer).

Shortlisted candidates will initially be contacted for a phone interview, with the final round of interviews likely taking place between the 15th and 26th August.

Please note that we are currently unable to sponsor UK VISA applications.

Dr Rick Thompson

CEO

Mary Rose Roberts

Chief Operating Officer