Research Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £39,745 per annum
01 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
28 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 28 September 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1956722VB

Do you want to work for the nation’s largest funder of health and care research? Do you want to take a lead role in helping to “improve the health and wealth of the nation? Are you looking for a rewarding role where your contribution is valued? If this sounds like you then we have the perfect opportunity………

Join us here at NIHR Evaluation, Trials, and Studies Co-ordinating Centre (NETSCC) as a Research Manager! This is a role where you will have job satisfaction from knowing you are contributing to research that helps shape health and social care and you will be looked after as a valued colleague. 

So, who are we? 

The National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research and has a mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. NIHR roles are based within host organisations and these roles are based in NETSCC which is hosted by the School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Southampton.  

Which roles are available?

We have several teams within NETSCC that manage the entire lifecycle of the research process all the way from identifying research topics, to the publication of this work. The research that our programmes fund has a major impact: it is published in the world’s leading journals and it makes measurable differences to people’s lives and the quality of health and care services. Due to promotion and career progression, we have roles available in the following teams:

  • Application and Funding
  • Identification and Prioritisation
  • Global Health Research
  • Portfolio Insight and Publications
  • Monitoring 

To find out what each function does you should read the attached ‘NETSCC Team Guide,’ this helps to give an overview to each team and the kind of work that they carry out. If you have a particular preference for a team please ensure you include details on your application form. 

What will you do?

The role of a Research Manager can be varied but you will be responsible for the management and delivery of a portfolio of work. You will:

  • Build and maintain positive relationships at all levels including with members of the public and patients
  • Prioritise your workload and lead on improvements to working practices
  • Rationalise and communicate complex problems/issues and take or recommend appropriate action
  • Depending on team there may be some line management duties. 

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for passionate, motivated individuals who want to make a real difference. Our ideal candidate will be hard-working, dedicated, and flexible in their approach to work. Some of the key skills that are required to be successful in this role are:

  • Understanding the health research landscape, with knowledge and experience of a relevant research management activity, 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to critically appraise research evidence and data 
  • Excellent writing, analytical and critical appraisal skills
  • Able to understand and interpret complex medical and scientific literature.

We also know and value that everyone has a different background and only through having a diverse workforce can we ensure we are reflecting the needs of those our work seeks to help. As such we are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We also know some people will only apply to a role if they meet every single criteria. For us it is important we hire those with the right skills and attitude, as we can teach the content of what we do. So, if you are passionate about this role and have most skills, we are looking for then we strongly encourage you to apply or get in touch to discuss further opportunities! 

What can we offer you?

We understand that the vital work we do is only made possible by the incredible people that work for us. As such we ensure we do as much as possible to look after our people and this is reflected by having been awarded Gold Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing 2021-22 Awards; coming third overall out of 119 participating organisations!

We also recognise the world has moved on from the standard 9-5 office job and NETSCC are proud to offer not only a hybrid working model but also encourage flexible working. We want to create a vibrant, cohesive, social, and collaborative environment and therefore expect everyone to spend some time in the offices (currently around 20%) but this is discussed on an individual basis and varies depending on the needs of the business and the individual. We are also open to discussions around flexible working arrangements and part time hours. 

In addition to a welcoming, positive, and flexible work environment there are many benefits as part of being an employee of University of Southampton, including: 

  • Generous Holiday allowance of 30 days holiday + 8 Bank Holidays + 6 University Closure days
  • Excellent Family Friendly policies 
  • Excellent career development and training opportunities 
  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • The list goes on so to see all we can offer please see our working with us page

What next?

If you have the passion, experience, and drive to take on this role, then we would love to hear from you. For an informal discussion, contact our Resourcing Team on: 

Please note The post is based in Southampton, although occasional travel to other locations across the UK may be required and will be fully reimbursed.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. Please specify in your supporting statement any preferences for full or part time posts. If you need any assistance, please call Holly Shergold on +44 (0) 23 8059 5719 or email   Please quote reference 1956722VB on all correspondence.