WELLCOME TRUST: Research Lead, Evidence

Wellcome is a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation, funded by a £29.1 billion investment portfolio. We support discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, and we’re taking on three worldwide health challenges: Mental Health, Climate & Health and Infectious Diseases.

These challenges need the bold science we support, but they won’t be solved by science alone and because it will take more than science alone to solve these health challenges, we need people who can work with policy, culture, governments and the research community.

The Mental Health team at Wellcomehas a 30-year remit to fund research into new treatments and approaches for mental health. Our vision is ‘a world in which no-one is held back by mental health problems’. Our focus in the first instance will be depression, anxiety and psychosis in young people under 30.

We are looking for a Research Lead to sit within the Evidence Team for Mental Health.

The team’s remit is to develop the evidence base around effective interventions: both to understand how existing mental health interventions work in order to improve and tailor their use; and to develop exciting innovations in basic science for potential novel targets for prevention and intervention. You will need to have significant expertise in relation to at least one area of mental health science, as well as a broad outlook and interdisciplinary vision for the future of the field.

To complement the skillset in the team it would be desirable (though not essential) for applicants to have a good working knowledge of how genetics and/or cellular and molecular biology intersect with mental health. The Lead role will work closely with and deputise for the Head of the Evidence team. The role won’t require you to manage a team, but there will be opportunities to gain matrix management experience.

In this role you will

  • Lead projects for the Evidence team, and in collaboration with other teams in Mental Health (Translation, Field Building, and Lived Experience). These are likely to include (but are not limited to) the development and implementation of funding calls; convening activities involving key stakeholders across mental health science; and leading the scoping of novel research areas for future development.

  • Identify and devise approaches to capitalise on emerging opportunities within mental health science

  • Identify, build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders to deliver key elements of the team strategy. This includes personal responsibility for managing senior stakeholder relationships with key partner organisations.

  • Deliver high-impact activities in line with the wider aims of Wellcome’s mental health strategy.

  • Deputise for the Head of key area in internal meetings and external fora, such as conferences, board meetings and steering groups and networks; Maintain a presence and influence in the mental health science field, representing Wellcome at a national level, through meetings, workshops and media.

  • Advocate for Wellcome and the key area from a content perspective, identifying opportunities to provide leadership.

  • Build, manage, lead and motivate an integrated, inclusive and flexible matrix-managed team, ensuring that people with the right range of skills and experience are recruited and retained, and that their skills and professional capabilities are maximised.

  • Contribute to the creation and development of a diverse and inclusive culture across the organisation, collaborating across departments.

To be successful in this role you will have

  • Proven significant expertise and knowledge in relation to evidence in mental health

  • Experience of setting up and delivering high profile, strategic initiatives with multi-disciplinary teams at a variety of scales

  • Demonstrable experience of time and priority management- ability to distinguish urgent from important tasks/ priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and negotiate partnerships with key individuals and organisations internationally in public or private sectors.

  • Well-developed inter-personal skills. Can challenge and influence senior stakeholders whilst building and maintaining relationships.

  • Excellent delivery, logistical and problem-solving skills. Able to drive execution of objectives despite setbacks.

​Salary: 65,430

Closing date: Monday, 24th January 2022

Contract type: Permanent

To apply please upload your current CV and complete our short application form.

We understand that our colleagues have commitments and personal interests outside of work and we strive to build a flexible working environment, in which people can perform at their best. We are currently working 2 days per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from our Euston Road offices as part of a hybrid working pilot (until March 2022) with the remaining 3 days from home.

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Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at .

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