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BHF Centre Research Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
£51,974 - £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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About us

The King's British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence was established through a national competition in April 2008 and was successfully renewed in 2014, 2019 and 2024. The mission of the Centre is to improve outcomes for patients with cardiovascular conditions through research-led discovery and innovation. The Centre brings together over 110 internationally renowned scientists and clinicians from the School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine & Sciences and other Schools within the Faculty, who are focused on basic and applied work that leads to advances in the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heart diseases. Our ethos is to stimulate novel cutting-edge research by catalysing interactions across disciplines, including those between basic scientists and clinicians (, with a major focus on leveraging additional grant income.

About the role

The Centre Research Manager is a dedicated post for the King’s BHF Centre.  With a very strong background in science, the post-holder will play a pivotal role in research planning, implementation and management of Centre activities as well as contributing to strategic development of the BHF Centre’s work.  Reporting directly to Profs Shah and Giacca, the post-holder will provide overall operational coordination and management for the King’s BHF Centre, driving productive interactions between the participating research groups within the Centre, across the Faculty, the wider university and, where appropriate, with external partners. As a member of PS staff, the post holder will also report to the School Manager. The post-holder will be expected to help develop strategy and policies in support of the King’s BHF Centre’s objectives, and in response to the research and educational priorities identified by the BHF Centre Steering Group.  This will require close collaboration with researchers, PGR students and professional services.  The post-holder will also lead on Centre educational activities, including the organisation of seminars, visits, technology workshops and an Annual Symposium.

  This is a full time (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract for 3 years renewable.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. A PhD in a STEM discipline 
  2. Proven financial management and analytical skills to underpin strategic financial strategic decisions and procedure  
  3. Proven experience of working at strategic level with academic research collaborations, commercial partners, and/or research funders  
  4. Experience of working in either a higher education or research institution, a large research funder or a biomedical or other research active company in the private sector 
  5. Experience of monitoring and completing complex projects and demonstrating ability to set budgets, timescales and deadlines  
  6. Proven excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills 
  7. High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement, and flexibility in approach and attitude 
  8. Ability to work independently, under pressure and meet deadlines

Desirable criteria

  1. Demonstrable experience in strategic planning and implementation  
  2. Proven experience in project managing large research programme 
  3. Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create conditions for successful partnership working 
  4. Good scientific background: proven knowledge and experience in translational science and/or inter-disciplinary research 
  5. Experience in initiating and leading project and partnership activity and maximising relations with relevant parties and services

Full details of the role and the skills and experience required, can be found in the attached job description which provided on the next page.

Further information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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