Scientific Program Manager in Cancer Genetics

16/02/2020, 23:55

Genetics and Epidemiology
Molecular & Population Genetics
Full time
Fixed Term
2 years in first instance, with extension to 4,5 years pending review
£39,000 - £48,900
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) leads the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.

Under the leadership of our Chief Executive, Professor Paul Workman FRS, the ICR is ranked as the UK’s leading academic research centre. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

We are seeking a Scientific Program Manager to work with us on delivery of our recently awarded £4.3 million CRUK Catalyst Award: “CanGene CanVar: Data Resources, Clinical and Educational Tools to leverage Cancer Susceptibility Genetics for Early Detection and Prevention of Cancer”, running 2019-2024 (( This large program has been designed to deliver research and resources that will improve how we deliver national NHS testing for cancer susceptibility genes such as BRCA1, BRCA2 and Lynch Syndrome genes. It will involve working with a large team of scientists, clinicians and patients highly passionate about achieving this goal.

Please refer to the attached job description for detailed information regarding the program of work

We are seeking an individual with an exceptional track record in managing complex scientific programs/organisations/workflows, in particular those (i) related to EMR/health data research and/or (ii) of a highly translational NHS-facing nature. We would anticipate that the successful candidate would have a background in biomedical science (research/diagnostic) and a strong interest in cancer prevention, genomics, and health service implementation/transformation.

The post holder will oversee and manage a full time junior administrative/scientific project manager, together forming the program management team (of which the post holder is lead). The post holder will supervise the junior project manager and together ensure delivery of the responsibilities of the program management team, namely: 

(i)            workflow management, coordination and delivery of Work-Package milestones including coordination between co-investigators/collaborators and management of inter-dependencies,

(ii)           organization of all program meetings,

(iii)          liaison with CRUK including contracts and comms

(iv)          interaction with the finance departments of ICR and other bodies for management and reporting of program funds

(v)           program media and social media.

Appointment will be on a Fixed Term Contract for 2 years in the first instance, extendible to 4.5 years pending review of requirements of the role. The full salary scale is in the range from £39,000 to £48,900 p.a. inclusive. Starting salary will be based on previous experience and it is anticipated this will to be £39,000 p.a. inclusive. Future progression is based on annual performance review.

To apply please submit online application on the ICR Careers site, attaching your CV with the supporting statement (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification, a brief description of your research experience and incl. the names and addresses of at least two referees).

For more details, please refer to the job description and person specification.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to Professor Clare Turnbull - ( Please note – this address is for enquiries only and applications must be submitted via the apply button below

We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff.

Funded by

Cancer Research UK
Additional Documentation for Candidates

This Program is closed to applications.