• Salary in the range of £70,000 - £80,000 per annum (depending upon experience)
  • Job Ref: MI/19/85
  • Closing Date: 17 October 2019
  • Duration of post: permanent

About the role:
We are currently looking for a new Director of Research Operations and Strategy at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC).   

The aim of this post is to provide operational leadership and drive to deliver the research strategy of the MCRC, including the operational delivery of a number of initiatives relating to the research ambitions of the MCRC. In addition, the role will line manage the core MCRC Operations team.

Working closely with the MCRC Directors, this post will manage the CRUK Manchester Centre and  programme manage the Paterson Redevelopment Project (PRP) ( and other strategic initiatives. 

About you:
You should have significant experience in a leadership and management role.  You will be educated to degree level in a scientific discipline or other relevant subject (or equivalent relevant experience). Experience in the clinical, academic or research arena is essential.

The Director of Research Operations and Strategy will work in a rapidly changing and complex environment.  Experience of influencing and working with multiple stakeholders from different sectors is essential. Key qualities should include independent thinking, the ability to lead a team and excellent communication and organisation skills.

Why choose Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute?
The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute (, an Institute of The University of Manchester (, is a world-leading centre for excellence in cancer research.  The Institute is core funded by Cancer Research UK (, the largest independent cancer research organisation in the world.  We are currently situated at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) in South Manchester and at the internationally-renowned life sciences campus at Alderley Park in Cheshire England, 15 miles from Manchester, a vibrant and dynamic city surrounded by beautiful countryside.

We are partnered with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (adjacent to the CRUK MI Paterson Building) in South Manchester (, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.  These factors combine to provide an exceptional environment in which to pursue basic, translational and clinical research programmes.

Our aim is to understand the fundamental basis of cancer and apply that knowledge to developing new treatment strategies for cancer patients.  Our advanced research programmes span a spectrum of cancer research, from the molecular and cellular basis of cancer through to drug discovery, translational research and clinical trials.

The Institute has access to outstanding laboratory facilities and exceptional core services, including next generation sequencing, microarrays, confocal microscopy, bioinformatics, histology and mass-spectrometry.  

Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC)
The MCRC is a partnership between The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust each with their own outstanding individual reputations. MCRC partners are united in a shared vision to develop and implement a personalised medicine strategy and to translate fundamental cancer research into new treatments for the benefit of patients with cancer. Manchester has become one of two CRUK funded Major Centres in the UK (CRUK Manchester Centre), in recognition of our clear vision, our depth and breadth of translational research and our ambitious plans for the future.


This post will be based at the Oglesby Cancer Research Building (OCRB) in Withington, across from The Christie Hospital.

How to apply?
To apply for this position please complete the online application via the CRUK Manchester Institute Job Marker. Please ensure you detail the names of two referees and ensure you submit your application before the closing date specified.

Please note this vacancy will close for applications at 11:59pm on the closing date specified.