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We are a small, but rapidly expanding team committed to achieving our vision to advance medical research, improve human health and change lives.

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Would you like to change medicine today and change lives tomorrow?

The Medical Research Foundation is a charitable foundation, formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC). We fund the most promising medical research in areas of great clinical need where investment in research is low and where, despite advances elsewhere in medicine, people’s lives see little change.

Join our team and make a difference to human health.

Please see details of our current vacancies, and how to apply, below.

Contact Heather Taylor

For more information, please email Heather Taylor at Forest HR on

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Current Vacancies

  • Senior Communications Manager (part-time), London

    We are seeking a part-time Senior Communications Manager to join our small, but rapidly expanding team in our central London office. We will be looking for a communications expert with broad experience - someone who can work at a strategic and an operational level.

    The post holder will report to our Head of Fundraising and Communications and will be responsible for the design and delivery of a multi-channelled programme of communications activities to build our identity, reputation and profile by telling the stories of the scientists that we support, their ground-breaking research and its impact on human health.

    We are looking for someone with experience of:

    • the strategic role of communications.
    • shaping and delivering successful communications strategies in a senior communications or engagement role.
    • communications in a health-focused organisation.
    • producing creative materials for a range of audiences including translating complex scientific information for non-scientific audiences.
    • working with print, broadcast, digital, video and social media including content development and production.
    • building relationships with the UK research community.

    You can find full details of the role and how to apply by downloading our Recruitment Pack and by contacting Heather Taylor at Forest HR on

    Closing date: 21 September 2018, 12:00 noon
    Interview date: 3 October 2018

  • Head of Development

    £54,000 - £57,000 per annum

    London N1 Full time, permanent

    This is a newly re-imagined role for a highly strategic, innovative senior manager who can bring the hands-on approach that we need. While the charity has been in existence since 1913 it has recently been revitalised and to this end envisage the next chapter of our development to be like a ‘start-up’.

    The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council, it grows and nurtures people and ideas wherever it sees research opportunities with great potential. Funding research is its sole purpose. In 2016/17 it funded 55 new research projects and researchers, and invested £4.2m in new research that will improve human health.

    There are so many opportunities this role and organisation can offer you to make the role a success:

    • A recent rebrand
    • A new website
    • A new office
    • Financial security
    • And…. that all fundraised income goes back into research – yes, every single penny.

    To be successful in this role you are likely to be able to demonstrate a track record in fundraising from a variety of income streams, and devising and leading on the implementation of an income generation strategy. We are essentially looking for someone who can deliver and robustly evaluate an approved three-year ‘test & learn’ fundraising strategy to generate new income from trusts and foundations, legacies, in-memory giving, major donors and /or challenge events.

    In addition you will need to bring experience of managing small teams and budgets, and of working at a senior level ideally within a charity. Finally, you will need to understand the importance of leading an integrated fundraising and communications strategy in pursuit of attracting, engaging and stewarding supporters as well as and building new relationships.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about the role, please contact our retained search consultants at NFP Consulting:

    Carroll Lloyd, Director,

    M 07765 001 033


    Vikki Park, Principal Consultant

    M 07495 259 123


    Closing date: Friday 5 October 2018 at 17:00

  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

    Please submit your completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form with your application.

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