Why work for us?

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.

We operate to high standards and we are good at what we do. We will provide you the support you need to achieve your best and we will also play our part to help you maintain a good work-life balance. We have developed our employment offer to demonstrate our commitment to our people and to reflect our mission.

Financial wellbeing

Our salaries are above the sector average and reviewed every two years to ensure they maintain their position against the market.

We double-match your workplace pension contributions up to a maximum employer contribution of 10% and we provide death-in-service benefit of four times your annual salary. An interest-free loan scheme is available to help you manage your finances and we offer a cycle-to-work scheme and interest-free season ticket loans to help with your commute.

When you demonstrate an extraordinary example of a positive approach to your work, your colleagues can recognise your efforts by nominating you for a £50 voucher through our Excellence in Action scheme.

Annual leave

We offer a generous annual leave allowance of 30 days (pro rata) per year plus bank holidays. Some of our bank holiday allowance is flexible and can be transferred to another date.

In addition, if you give your time to support a registered charity we can offer you paid leave of up to four days (pro rata) a year to carry out duties as a trustee, and if you volunteer in another capacity we will match up to two days of your annual leave with paid volunteering leave.

Health and wellbeing

To support your wellbeing, we offer an annual health assessment through an occupational health specialist plus additional health benefits for you and your immediate family through our life assurance provider. Our Mental Health First Aiders are on hand to provide a confidential listening ear and signpost to sources of support. On those occasions where we experience ill health, we provide enhanced ill health leave and pay.

Flexible working hours

A full-time week is 36 hours, with core working hours from 10:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday and hours may be worked flexibly around them to meet business needs and to achieve your own work-life balance.

Hybrid workplace

We value spending time working in-person to develop strong connections with each other and with our mission. We welcome those spontaneous conversations that help us solve a problem or develop a new idea and we have designed our light and spacious office to be a welcoming, productive place for collaborative working. We are located in Farringdon with its wealth of eateries, street food markets and leafy squares. TFL and national rail services are easily accessed from Farringdon Station, a five-minute walk away.

We bring the whole Foundation team together to work in the office for two days per week (currently Monday and Tuesday) and we work additional office days according to the needs of our team and our job. Other days of the week may be worked remotely at a UK address.

Connecting with each other

We provide regular team lunches and an end-of-year party to celebrate our successes throughout the year. Our Social Committee organises our out-of-work social calendar which includes optional lunchbreak excursions to local street food markets and cultural venues as well as monthly after-work drinks at a local bar.

Parenting policies

We offer enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay to help you spend time with your new family.

Learning and development

All of our people receive a thorough induction to their new role and receive access to continued professional development through our in-house programmes. Managers work closely with their team members to identify other areas of development that will help them excel in their role. We strive to keep you connected to our mission through our science seminar series, visits to our funded scientists and regular updates on our funding calls.

Environmental sustainability

We believe human health goes hand-in-hand with planetary health which is why our journey to reduce our environmental impact began with our ‘Going Green in 2019’ campaign. We have continued to incorporate environmental sustainability as a guiding principle in our decision-making ever since and we plan to go even further, with planetary health set to be a foundation stone of our new five-year strategy.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are striving to make equality, diversity and inclusion central to all aspects of our work and we recognise there is still more to do. Two of our people are trained as EDI Advocates and our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group was established to review our work and make recommendations for change. We are implementing the action plan that arose from our first EDI audit and we are open to continued learning from all our people to help us identify and remove barriers to inclusion, and encourage and embrace diversity of thought.

(Eligibility criteria apply for some of the benefits described above)