Project Officer, UK Dementia Research Institute

Imperial College London

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Job summary

Dementias represent one of the greatest medical and economic challenges facing our society today.  The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) – a national, distributed network of centres – was created to address these challenges. 

The UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial is one of seven centres of excellence embedded in major UK universities. Hosted by the Department of Brain Sciences , the majority of research teams are located across the two west London research campuses: Hammersmith and White City , the major new campus designed to bring together scientific researchers, corporate partners, entrepreneurs and the local community to co-exist and co-create on an unprecedented scale.  In REF 2021, Imperial ranks first in the UK for research outputs, first in the UK for research environment, and first for research impact among Russell Group universities, as well as first for the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Unit of Assessment (UoA4), reflecting excellence in the ongoing research activities of our department.

Following renewal of the UK DRI for a further five years, and significant investment by the Uren Foundation into dementia research , we are looking for someone to join our team to support effective operations of the Centre. The Centre comprises four research themes , the Multi-omics Atlas Project (MAP ), and state-of-the-art technologies . Reporting to the Centre Manager, you will work closely with research teams in the Centre and interact regularly with the departmental administrative teams.

Based on site in the Sir Michael Uren Hub, White City Campus and with a flexible and supportive attitude to remote working, you will deliver high quality administrative support to the Centre and UK DRI Group Leaders. You will utilise collaboration technologies to manage a portfolio of projects, and support the team as we embark on the next quinquennium.  

The Project Officer role provides an excellent opportunity for the right applicant to develop a career in higher education management or biomedical research funding and support (e.g. with charity and government research funders).  In addition to the core duties of the role, you will be supported to explore and implement professional development through projects and training.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Jennifer Podesta for an informal discussion about the role [email protected]  

Duties and responsibilities

What is the role?

We are looking for a driven, motivated person to …

  • Provide high-quality, effective administrative support across the UK DRI Centre at Imperial. 
  • Support and advise on ordering processes (after a period of training)
  • Coordinate a programme of seminars, team meetings and specialist workshops.
  • Develop travel itineraries for our researchers as they travel internationally for conferences and training.
  • Record and report on project expenditure, able to understand financial processes and comfortable tracking commitments.
  • Implement and streamline administrative procedures within the Centre.
  • Capture activities and research outputs of the groups.
  • Format and finish documents and reports to a high standard. Numeracy and an ability to visualise data and concepts is desirable.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be a confident communicator, you will be well organised with a strong desire to deliver excellent work.

As Project Officer, you will make an impact every day by enabling the Centre to operate efficiently and effectively towards the UK DRI vision for a world where research conquers dementia.

Essential requirements

  • You will have excellent organisational and administrative skills, being able to track complex tasks through to completion.
  • You will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, expressing yourself effectively in writing, on telephone and video calls, and in person with all levels of staff.
  • You can assess priorities, organise your workload without direct supervision, and initiate action where appropriate.
  • Educated to A level or equivalent, you will have knowledge of scientific/ medical terminology.
  • You will be adaptable, champion a positive attitude to colleagues and promote the ethos of College and UK DRI.

Further information

The contract is offered full time, initially for a fixed term of two years, with a salary range of £31,773 – £34,680.

Candidates are required to complete an online application form. CVs only will not be considered.

This position is available immediately. We expect interviews will be held late in July/early August. Please indicate any restrictions you have during this period in your application statement.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Jennifer Podesta – [email protected]


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