Senior Scientific Projects Officer

Job description

Overview of the role

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

Working directly with Beacon’s CEO, a newly hired Scientific Officer and the Therapeutic Development Team at EURORDIS: Rare Disease Europe, you will have a major role in the development and leadership 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 major role in a flagship European initiative.

The successful candidate’s role will be to both establish the drug repurposing training programme and build 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 who are engaged in active research. Work will initially focus on building the presence and visibility of REMEDI4ALL and establishing an understanding of the educational resources that currently exist in the field of repurposing, as well as the needs of the different groups.

Alongside this, the Senior Scientific Projects Officer will work closely with active repurposing projects within the platform, tracking their development and helping to ensure that the patient perspective is central to decision making.

Following a successful 6-month introductory period, the Senior Scientific Projects Officer will also take on the responsibility of line managing the Scientific Projects Officer. Appropriate training will be provided, as well as a title and salary review.

Key details

SALARY

£28,000 – £30,000 with a planned increase after 6 months contingent upon performance and undertaking of management responsibilities

HOURS

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

START DATE

September 2022

RESPONSIBLE TO

CEO

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 BUILDING AND ENGAGEMENT

  • Work closely with the CEO to develop an international network of scientists, funders, regulators, industry representatives and patient groups with either knowledge of or interest in drug repurposing
  • Represent Beacon and the wider REMEDI4ALL consortium at international conferences as a delegate, exhibitor and speaker
  • Develop strong collaborative working relationships with the REMEDI4ALL partners, in particular, EURORDIS and Principal Investigators of our research projects

 

TRAINING PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT

  • Acting as the primary point of contact for REMEDI4ALL work package leads and coordinating their training contributions
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the current “state of the art” drug repurposing methodologies and patient engagement approaches to help develop a training curriculum for REMEDI4ALL
  • Oversee production of a detailed landscape map of existing training opportunities in repurposing
  • Establish and coordinate REMEDI4ALL’s drug repurposing training programme to include an online education programme, mentoring programme and an annual repurposing school

 

SUPPORT OF RESEARCH OPERATIONS

  • Monitor active drug development projects, ensuring that patient input is brought to the heart of decision making
  • Building strong relationships with both primary investigators and patient group supporters of active drug repurposing projects

 

MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY

  • Line management of the Scientific Projects Officer following an initial and successful 6-month introductory period
  • Ensuring that Beacon meets its strategic objectives and milestones with REMEDI4ALL

 

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

Personal specifications

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

ESSENTIAL

  • Scientific degree with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the life sciences sector or a post-graduate scientific qualification (or equivalent).
  • A confident communicator with the ability to build strong working relationships.
  • An ability to communicate complex scientific processes to a generalist audience.
  • Experience in or understanding of the drug development pipeline.
  • Recognition or experience in the importance of patient input in medical research.
  • Strong organisational skills with experience in managing and prioritising multiple tasks. Autonomous, proactive and resourceful. A 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

  • Experience with educational training programmes or e-learning platforms.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry or drug development.

 

 

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 Senior 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