29th Jul 2022

Join us – Research Support Manager

  • Salary: £38,433-£46,504 per annum, pro rata
  • Part time (0.6)
  • Permanent contract
  • Closing date: 28 August 2022

We have an exciting new opportunity to join our Engagement and Society team in Wellcome Connecting Science. You will work closely with the Associate Director on research-related activities, as well as with other team members on specific projects.

About the role

We are seeking an enthusiastic social scientist with excellent project management skills, who is looking to develop their career in a research support role. You will support the Engagement and Society group in Wellcome Connecting Science, working closely with the Associate Director to undertake literature reviews/searches, draft research publications and commentaries, and prepare conference presentations.

You will also provide extensive research project support, including drafting ethics approval documentation, and maintain oversight of budget(s), progress and the achievement of key milestones. You will work with researchers and administrators in the Engagement and Society team to ensure good information flow, and identify any issues which require escalation.

You will be an excellent communicator who can contribute to policy briefings, blog posts and opinion pieces, working with the Connecting Science and Sanger Institute communication teams on specific projects as needed.

Essential Skills


A Masters degree in a relevant social sciences discipline eg sociology, psychology, genetic counselling, or anthropology, including knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research approaches and methodologies

Skills and Attributes
  • Experience of working in a scientific/academic environment with an interest in science, social science, and research
  • Demonstrable project management experience, monitoring multiple workstreams, assessing and reporting progress, managing relationships
  • Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between society and genetic and genomic science
  • Excellent attention to detail and organisation skills needed to manage projects effectively
  • Evidence of working independently and being proactive in solving problems, and using judgement to escalate specific matters
  • Excellent IT skills, including Google and Microsoft applications
  • Able to work effectively in a busy and dynamic environment
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships, working flexibly and collaboratively
  • Positive, open-minded with a flexible approach

Other information

About Connecting Science

Wellcome Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

Drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus, Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning, and measures and understands global attitudes and perspectives.

We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its relationship with people and the world around us.

Our work across Engagement and Society uses research and engagement methods to investigate the impact of genomics on people and communities. We listen, gather and share insights on public attitudes and experiences. And we use this understanding to create new and innovative ways to support a diverse range of communities, learners, educators, and researchers, discover how genomic science is relevant to our lives.

More information can be found at https://societyandethicsresearch.wellcomeconnectingscience.org/


Please apply with your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work at Wellcome Connecting Science in this role, and what specific qualities you can bring to the role.

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Application deadline: 21 August 2022

Our benefits

Our hybrid working environment means you can focus on being productive and part of the team while enjoying the benefits of the Genome Campus when you are on site.

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance is accessible on day 1 for all
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.