Research Officer

About us:

It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. Survival rates have improved enormously for most cancers, yet for pancreatic cancer, this is not the case. And, with treatment and care affected by the pandemic, the situation has only got worse.

Pancreatic Cancer UK is a national charity dedicated to taking on this injustice using every possible means. We’re supporting people with pancreatic cancer now, campaigning, and funding vital research to transform the future.


Our Research team covers all aspects of medical research funding. They are responsible for supporting our research community with the funding schemes, insights, and resources they need to be effective and efficient in improving the lives of people with pancreatic through earlier diagnosis and better treatment and care. The Team also provides research award information and expert insights to support various teams within the charity.

Our small but high-performing Research Team is trusted and respected in our research community and the wider medical research community we work within. Our Research Team delivers a critical function within the organisation that relies on the highest standards of research decision-making and our ability to work dynamically and collaboratively across teams.

About the role:

We are excited to announce we are expanding our Research Team to reflect the success of the charity, increasing investment in research, and growing aspiration. Therefore, we are looking for a Research Officer to join us! You will work closely with the Research Manager to develop and deliver the charity’s research funding schemes so they are innovative, effective, and impartial, ensuring that we address key unmet needs of both the research community and people affected by pancreatic cancer. You will work across many of our teams within the charity to provide research information and insights; steward and support people affected by pancreatic cancer involved in research activities and facilitate projects of work in the research community. In addition, you will also work flexibly and dynamically across the different responsibilities of the role and the wider Research team, enabling shared understanding and a breadth of expertise within the team to ensure the most effective delivery.

Some of the main responsibilities of this role include:

  • You will be assisting in the management of the grant funding process.
  • You will liaise, develop strong relationships with the grant holders, and host institution contacts.
  • Requesting, receiving, and reviewing annual reports, and recording and analysing grant information and data as required, for both internal and external data submissions and reports.
  • Support ongoing projects with management oversight, strategic input, and administrative support where necessary.
  • Managing and stewarding the Research Involvement Network membership, including drafting monthly bulletins to promote involvement opportunities to members.
  • Developing Pancreatic Cancer UK’s lay involvement in our research programme, including future involvement opportunities, research visits, and training programmes.
  • Ensuring that appropriate teams across the organisation are kept up to date with relevant research funding, grant information, and impacts.

About you:

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of grant funding and research administration
    You are able to understand complex scientific information presented in funding applications and research papers.
  • You will have excellent organisational, project management, and good time-management skills.
  • You are able to manage a busy and varied workload, whilst maintaining attention to detail, and high-quality standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including being able to communicate complex information to a range of audiences.
  • Confident in networking, influencing, and negotiating with key stakeholders to build relationships and new partnerships.
  • You will have a degree in a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent experience

Please see the job pack below for full details of the role.

Working with us:

We are an inclusive employer committed to developing a diverse workforce and are looking for people who can demonstrate dedication to our cause and values. We offer a supportive place to work with helpful and friendly staff who report a high level of job satisfaction. We are currently working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions, but our main office is based in London on the river with views towards Westminster. We offer flexible working and we envisage once Covid restrictions are lifted, this role will be a blend of working from home and working in the office.

  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary: £28,500 – £30,000 per annum (Dependent on experience)
  • Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday.
  • Location: London SE1 (temporarily remote working from home)
  • Closing date: Tuesday, 1 June 2021 at 9 am. This role may close earlier if we receive a high number of suitable applications, please apply early.
  • Interview dates: 10 /11 June 2021 (Interviews will take place remotely via a Zoom video call).

To apply, please read the job pack below and complete section 1 and section 2 of the application form, and send this to

You must have the right to work in the UK when you apply.

Download the job pack and application form below:

Research Officer Job pack- May 2021

Application Form – Section 1 (word document)

Application Form – Section 2 (word document)