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Project Manager (Fixed Term) [Internal Applicants Only]

We seek a talented project manager to join the newly established The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute).

At THIS Institute we aim to create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS by strengthening the evidence-base for improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Co-created by two exceptional organisations - the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation - THIS Institute is founded on the guiding principle that efforts to improve care should be based on the highest quality evidence. The institute hosts around 35 staff and has strong links across University of Cambridge departments and with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit Cambridge-based research organisation, and with Homerton College, Cambridge, as well as with multiple external partners.

The successful post-holder will manage the administrative aspects of applied research programmes at THIS Institute. The role-holder will be a key member of project management teams together with senior scientists and post-doctoral staff. They will organise and attend research management meetings and lead on funder reporting requirements. The project manager will be responsible for raising awareness of and helping to resolve problems in order to ensure studies' fidelity to protocols and achievement of project milestones. In addition, the appointed individual will have multiple responsibilities requiring the ability to make sound judgements, present the Institute in the best possible light to high profile external and internal stakeholders, and strong communications and organisational skills.

The successful applicant will be educated to degree level in a scientific or health-related discipline or equivalent qualifications or have equivalent experience. They will also have:

  • Extensive experience of managing complex, cross-functional projects and delivering to deadlines, preferably within a higher education and/or health environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills to be able to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators
  • Demonstrable experience of leadership, including line management experience, and the ability to foster supportive and motivating relationships
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering presentations to multi-disciplinary audiences
  • Understanding of scientific research to coordinate and contribute to scientific discussions.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent presentation skills

The funds for these posts are available until 31 March 2022.

The Clifford Allbutt Building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0AH (approx 2 miles south of city centre).

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Rebecca Simmons (

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Closing date: 21 June 2018

Interview Date: 9 July 2018

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH15827 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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