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About the role

You will manage the research group led by Professor Gerry McCann who has recently been appointed to a NIHR Research Professorship (RP): heart failure in type 2 diabetes. This award, together with other recently acquired grants and those in progress, has led to a significant expansion in the clinical cardiac imaging group.  The group now consists of 12 members across the University and UHL, with funding granted to expand further in the next year.

The NIHR RP aims to improve the detection, prevention and management of heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes. There are 3 proposed work packages (WP):

  • WP 1: the PREDICT study which will recruit ~500 asymptomatic patients from primary care. This work package benefits from existing funding from the BHF and is actively recruiting. The primary aim will be to develop a clinical risk score for early heart failure that may be used for screening and future interventional trials
  • WP2: Involves detailed proteomic analysis of the patients recruited in WP1 with the aim of developing a panel of markers which can be used to diagnose early heart failure detected on MRI
  • WP3 involves a pilot trial of a low-calorie meal replacement plan in Type 2 diabetes patients with symptomatic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction which will be supported by a PhD student and a clinical lecturer

You will report directly to Professor McCann and you will be jointly responsible for the successful conduct of the research portfolio and management of the members of the research group. You will be responsible for ensuring that the staff and equipment necessary to run the research programmes are in place, and will act as matrix manager to staff working on the programmes. You will be responsible for supervising the activities of the lecturers, research fellows and nurses working on the grant. You will manage the budget for the cardiac imaging programme, with reference to the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, which holds the budget.

About you
The role of Research Manager is pivotal to the success of the project and as such we are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated individual with substantial experience of coordinating clinical trials or studies and administrating clinical research projects at a senior level.
The successful candidate will hold a degree level qualification and be able to evidence continuing professional development, such as taking part in formal postgraduate courses. You will need to be confident in managing staff, systems and processes, ideally with a project management qualification. 
You will demonstrate exceptional analytical, communication and interpersonal skills, along with a proven ability to stay organised and enthusiastic when working under pressure.
Additional information

The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences is committed to sustaining a progressive, equality driven environment in which all our staff can thrive.  We believe this can be accomplished through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between work and personal lives, we consider proposals for flexible working as well as job share arrangements.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Located in the heart of the UK, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in a supportive and varied environment that values hard work and recognises individual achievement.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here. 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Alison Watson on aw380@leicester.ac.uk in the first instance.