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ISP Programme Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ISP Programme Manager to support the cutting-edge science programmes led by the John Innes Centre.


The John Innes Centre is seeking a Programme Manager for two of its Institute Strategic Programmes (ISPs), Advancing Plant Health (APH) and Delivering Sustainable Wheat (DSW). ISPs run over five-year cycles and are funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Advancing Plant Health, led by Professor Mark Banfield, aims to understand the molecular interactions between plants and microbes/pests, establishing how they communicate with each other and how they have evolved together. The programme is a partnership with The Sainsbury Laboratory.

Delivering Sustainable Wheat is led by Dr Simon Griffiths at JIC and spans nine research institutes and universities with the joint aim of developing new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits.

The role

The position will be based at the JIC, which is the lead for both ISPs. The APH programme is a joint programme with The Sainsbury Laboratory and DSW is a cross-institutional programme with nine partner organisations. Working with ISP leaders, and other research leaders, the Programme Manager’s principal aim is to support both short and long-term delivery of the ISP objectives. Key activities will include co-ordinating people and resources, planning a wide variety of events (e.g., internal and external meetings with a wide range of stakeholders and public engagement), impact tracking and reporting, providing strategic guidance, and aligning research and reporting to overall scientific goals.

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject and have knowledge of general project management, knowledge of scientific project management is advantageous.

The successful candidate will be motivated to familiarise themselves with the research of the programmes and be proactive in seeking out new opportunities for continuous improvement in project management and research culture.

Experience of working in a research environment is desirable as an understanding of the research process and how scientific impact is achieved is important. An ability to effectively engage with our scientific community is an important factor for this role.

Excellent communication (verbal and written) is essential, and experience of scientific writing would be a significant advantage. Exceptional time-management and organisational skills, to sit alongside other strong administrative support, will be critical to ensure efficient delivery of the role’s goals.

Additional information

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004667.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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