Assistant Research Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
25,627 to £30,497 per annum
07 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent


Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £25,627 to £30,497 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 26 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1537721VB

Assistant Research Manager (x4 posts)

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) / Wessex Institute 

1 x Substantive, full-time post (Patient and Public Involvement & External Review)

1 x Substantive, full-time post (Evidence Synthesis Programme)

1 x Fixed-term, full-time post (Monitoring) to 31 March 2023

1 x Fixed-term, part-time post (Publications) 12 months

Applications for flexible and part-time working will be considered. Please specify in your supporting statement any preferences for full or part time posts.

Who is the Wessex Institute?

The Wessex Institute is a large enterprise unit within the Faculty of Medicine (University of Southampton), and is focused on providing high quality, practice-based research evidence to support decision makers in health and social care. Our capabilities are broad, ranging from public/patient involvement in research, priority setting, research funding, managing the delivery of research, publishing and disseminating research findings. The Wessex Institute offers excellent benefits including generous holidays, flexible working arrangements, and the opportunity to develop your career in a professional and friendly working environment. 

The Wessex Institute is home to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), and is responsible for managing around £150m of new research funding each year, with an active portfolio of around £1bn. Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, NETSCC manages six national and international research funding programmes on behalf of the NIHR. The NETSCC contract is the largest enterprise contract held by the University of Southampton and is administered by the Wessex Institute.  NETSCC was established in April 2008, and consists of a team of managers, academics, clinicians, researchers, and support staff managed by the NETSCC Board. We manage the identifying, prioritising, funding, delivery, publication and dissemination of high-quality research and lead other National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) initiatives to meet the needs of the public, patients and the NHS. 

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental to making the Wessex Institute a vibrant, proud, and successful organisation. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one percent of world universities and has an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.

About the role

This is an exciting time to be joining an organisation making a real difference to peoples’ lives through our national and international research. 

We are looking for Assistant Research Managers to fill three staff vacancies, within NETSCC, across our key health research management teams supporting national research programmes. Depending on the skills of the successful candidates, and available roles, we will allocate to the most appropriate teams within the organisation.

As an Assistant Research Manager, you will work closely with colleagues to support the research management pathway, including responsibility for key areas of work and assisting the efficient delivery of a pipeline of activities and projects both delivering and liaising with others from commissioning, funding, contract management to the publication of findings.

You will need to build and maintain positive and professional working relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders; therefore, teamwork and the ability to communicate effectively are essential. You will be capable of prioritising your own workload, have an adaptable and flexible approach to work, and enjoy using your initiative to adapt and refine working practices.

You will have demonstrable work experience in an administrative environment, with strong attention to detail and good communication skills, be well-organised with the ability to multi-task and to work well as part of a team. You will have task management experience and an interest in supporting the development of health research funding in the UK. 

You will actively work to achieve goals and take initiative within the workplace. You will have a meticulous attention to detail, with analytical skills to be able to interpret specialised data to create reports, highlight issues, and prioritise work to resolve issues.

You will be joining enthusiastic and cohesive teams that are committed to adding maximum value to the management of health research funding.

The posts are based in Southampton, although occasional travel to other locations across the UK may be required and will be fully reimbursed. 

If you have the relevant expertise and experience, along with a keen interest to support enterprise and research management activities, while playing your part in improving the health and wealth of the nation, then we would like to hear from you. 

For an informal discussion, please contact Jennifer Cook  

The Wessex Institute is committed to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace; and recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.  We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

 Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1537721VB on all correspondence. 

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