Assistant Research Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£26,396 to £31,411
21 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £26,396 to £31,411
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 18 October 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1979922VB

Do you want to work for the nation’s largest funder of health and care research? Do you want a role 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 an assistant 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.  

What will you do? 

As an Assistant Research Manager, you will have the opportunity to make a real impact on the work of the NIHR. We have a number of teams that ensure the delivery of our research programmes. To find out what each team 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. 

Day to day you will:

  • work closely with the colleagues in the functional team to support and ensure delivery of the Research Management process.
  • gather and analyse specialised data which you will use to create reports to present the finding
  • advise internal and external customers on specialist defined procedures and processes
  • oversee the administrative processes including supervising the work of administrators, organising events, and attending meetings

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking for passionate, motivated individuals who share our values of Collaboration, Delivery, Knowledge and Excellent. 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: 

  • To have a good understanding of the health research landscape
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to accurately interpret and analyse complex data and present in a clear and concise format
  • Ability to offer proactive guidance and advice to internal and external customers, whilst dealing with confidential information in a sensitive manner
  • Able to effectively allocate work to staff, check work, and to motivate and train staff as required. 
  • Ability to successfully plan and deliver administrative projects over a period of several months (e.g., to co-ordinate an event). 

Equality, Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the school 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. If you are very interested in the role but don’t feel you have everything we are looking for we strongly encourage you to get in touch to discuss further.  

What’s in it for you? 

We know that for this role to be the right one it has to fit in with your life. Here at NETSCC we can offer:

  • Hybrid Working- We want to create a vibrant, cohesive, social, and collaborative environment and therefore expect everyone to spend some time in the offices. The exact amount of time in the office depends on many factors but is roughly 10-20% of your time
  • Workplace Wellbeing- For the third year in a row, we have been awarded Gold in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing 2021-22 Awards and ranked 3rd out of 119 Organisations 
  • Fantastic Culture- We want people to feel comfortable at work and so we cultivate a great culture where you are supported and valued for your work. We also take the time for fun at work with social events and rewards for long service 
  • Career Opportunities- With clear career paths there is always the opportunity to develop and grow- we don’t want you to just have a job, we want you to have a career. These positions have become available due to promotions and we love to see our staff flourish! 

As an employee of the University, you will enjoy all the benefits that come with this including:  

  • Generous Holiday allowance of 20 days (rising to 24 after 4 years) holiday + 8 Bank Holidays + 6 University Closure days 
  • Excellent Family Friendly policies  
  • Excellent career development and training opportunities  
  • For a full list of benefits please see our working with us page 

The post is 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 and are keen to play your part in improving the health and wealth of the nation, then we would like to hear from you. For an informal discussion, contact please contact the Resourcing Team on   

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 4043 or email Please quote reference 1979922VB on all correspondence. 

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