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Working for us means you will be supporting our mission to fund life-changing medical research to improve human health and change people’s lives.

There is no more important job to do and we want to attract, support and develop the very best people to help us achieve it.

Find out more about what it's like to work for us.

Our current vacancies

  • Fundraising Grants Officer

    London (hybrid), salary £29,000 - £34,000, full time, permanent

    Can you write successful grant applications? If you have fundraising experience or would like to move into fundraising this could be the ideal role for you.

    This is an exciting time to join us at the Medical Research Foundation, as we prepare to launch our new five-year strategy to drive the life-changing advances of tomorrow, by laying the foundations for ground-breaking new discoveries today. A key part of this strategy will be to invest in our fundraising team to achieve transformational growth in voluntary income in the next 10 years. To support this growth, we are looking for a Fundraising Grants Officer to play a crucial role in raising income from potential funders.

    Reporting to and working closely with our Senior Philanthropy Manager, you will be part of the philanthropy team and will make a significant contribution to delivering ambitious income generation plans from a range of income streams. Your main responsibilities will be to:

    - Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of our research projects and research funding plans.

    - Develop a pipeline of low value-high volume applications to Trusts & Foundations; research, tailor templates and submit applications.

    - Work closely with the Senior Philanthropy Manager on the development of a new programme of high value-low volume applications to Trusts & Foundations and support the submission of applications.

    - Undertake research to identify individuals with an interest in medical research to support the development of a Major Donor fundraising programme.

    - Undertake research on companies and assess their potential for partnership to support the development of a Corporate Partnerships programme.

    - Organise meetings and events for prospective supporters and provide briefings for colleagues and senior volunteers.

    - Work with the communications team to develop compelling case for support documents and other donor materials to attract support for our research projects.

    - Manage and maintain records and monitor progress of applications and relationships, including working to agreed KPIs and ROI.

    This is an excellent opportunity to utilise your existing skills and experience gained by making fundraising or grant applications, or through grant-giving or grant management, to grow professionally and perform a vital role in helping us to achieve our charity’ objectives to improve the future of human health. We would like to hear from you if you can demonstrate:

    - Experience of undertaking research to identify and assess potential funding opportunities.

    - Effective written communications with a persuasive writing style.

    - Experience of successfully making or reviewing fundraising or grant applications in a charity. grant-giving organisation, research funding organisation or scientific setting.

    - Strong research and analytical skills with excellent attention to detail.

    - Working in an organised manner, managing deadlines effectively and responding flexibly to work priorities.

    - IT literacy and experience in effectively using a CRM system for fundraising.

    - Develop and manage effective working relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders.

    We will offer you

    A salary between £29,000 and £34,000, depending on experience for a 36-hour week and double-matched pension contributions up to 10% max employer contribution. We would like a full-time employee but are happy to consider a part-time contract (min 0.8 FTE). We offer 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata) per year, excellent financial, health and social benefits and an opportunity to join a dedicated team making a difference to human health. We operate a hybrid working policy with some work office-based and other remote working.

    We value the importance of having fun at work. We enjoy regular team lunches and an end-of-year party to celebrate our successes. Our Social Committee organises our out-of-work social calendar which includes excursions to local street food markets, visits to cultural venues and monthly after-work drinks.

    How to apply

    Submit a CV, a brief supporting statement setting out why you are the right candidate for this role, and a completed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) form to hr@medicalresearchfoundation.org.uk.

    We will base our shortlisting decisions entirely on the evidence of the following criteria in your CV and supporting statement, so please set out clearly how you meet them:

    - Experience of successfully making or reviewing fundraising or grant applications in a charity, grant-giving organisation, research funding organisation or scientific setting

    - Experience of undertaking research to identify and assess potential funding opportunities

    - Ability to demonstrate a persuasive writing style.

    Your application will be anonymised before it is considered by our Recruitment Panel. The panel will not have access to your EDI form.

    We recognise the potential of generative AI to contribute to the creative process and we encourage its ethical and constructive use. This includes acknowledging it whenever it is used. Therefore, please reference generative AI in your written application if you have used it.

    Closing date: 14 March 2024 at 09:00

    Interview date: 25 March 2024

  • Research Communications Officer

    London and remote, £29,000 to £36,000 full time (0.8 FTE considered), permanent

    This is an exciting time to join the Medical Research Foundation, as we prepare to launch our new five-year strategy. We are looking for a science communications professional who can help us engage and inspire more people about the research and researchers we fund. You will be passionate about communicating science and adept at creating compelling written and digital content.

    The Foundation’s mission is to drive the life-changing advances of tomorrow, by laying the foundations for ground-breaking new discoveries today. We know that many health conditions are overlooked and underfunded, that new health threats will continue to arise, and that there will always be a need for high-quality, high impact medical research.

    But to continue funding life-changing research, long into the future, we need to raise our profile and engage more people with what we do.

    Reporting to our Head of Communications, you will tell the stories of the research and researchers we fund. Your main responsibilities will be to:

    - Showcase the research and researchers we fund, through news stories, press releases, web content, social media campaigns, fundraising propositions, and sponsored events.

    - Write and create content for our research webpages and research-focused social media channels.

    - Support fundraising through the provision of engaging research summaries.

    - Build a strong understanding of the Foundation’s research funding portfolio and seek out inspiring science stories.

    - Work with the Senior Research Impact Manager to source and produce impact case studies.

    - Work with the Research team on expanding its science seminar programme, to engage supporters and donors.

    - Support our funded researchers with any public-facing talks, events, or donor visits.

    - Write content for corporate publications, including our Trustees Annual Report, Annual Review and Impact Report.

    - Use your scientific literacy to advise and support teams across the charity, to ensure all our communications about medical research are clear, accurate and evidence-based.

    - Plan and manage researcher photoshoots.

    - Identify and help to evaluate sponsorship opportunities for profile-raising purposes.

    - Identify opportunities to engage with external media.

    - Support communications activities around key events, such as the Emerging Leaders Prize ceremony.

    - Maintain and protect our brand, ensuring it is used consistently when communicating with our audiences.

    Who you are

    You will be a communications assistant (or equivalent), looking to take the next step in your career. You will have experience of supporting successful communications strategies within a health/science-focused organisation, including translating complex scientific information for a lay audience. We would like to hear from you if you can:

    - Communicate clearly (spoken and written) across a range of issues and to a variety of audiences.

    - Use interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

    - Plan and organise work and have the ability to respond flexibly and positively to unexpected changes or demands.

    - Provide communication advice and recommendations to colleagues.

    - Prioritise and plan to meet multiple and/or tight deadlines without compromising quality or working relationships.

    - Work independently and find solutions to problems by reviewing best practice elsewhere.

    - Demonstrate high level of appropriate IT/digital skills, such as Adobe Photoshop, social media management software, Google Analytics, or generative AI tools such as ChatGPT.

    - Act with discretion and with strict attention to confidentiality.

    We will offer you
    The salary will be £29,000 - £36,000 pro rata depending on experience and we will double-match pension contributions up to 10% max employer contribution. The post is offered full-time (36 hrs) but we will consider part-time (min 0.8 FTE). We offer 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata), excellent financial, health and social benefits and an opportunity to join a dedicated team making a difference to human health. We operate a hybrid working policy with part of the week office-based and part remote.

    How to apply

    Submit a CV, supporting statement and completed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) form to hr@medicalresearchfoundation.org.uk. To have the best chance of being successful, please demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following shortlisting criteria:
    - Communications experience in a health/science-focused organisation.
    - Experience of supporting successful comms strategies across a range of channels, including social media.
    - Experience of translating complex scientific information for a lay audience.

    Your application will be anonymised before it is considered by our Recruitment Panel. The panel will not have access to your EDI form.

    We recognise the potential of generative AI to contribute to the creative process and we encourage its ethical and constructive use. This includes acknowledging it whenever it is used. Therefore, please reference generative AI in your written application if you have used it.

    Closing date: 11 March 2024 at 09:00
    Interview date: 20 March 2024


    Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 13 March 2024 and will be invited to complete online verbal and numerical reasoning tests before 18 March 2024.

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