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MRC LID Manager


Salary:  £35,377 to £40,611 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Thursday 07 July 2022
Reference:  DOE-REG-2022-06

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

The School’s Registry is seeking to recruit a full-time MRC LID Manager to work within the Scholarships team.

MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Programme    

With Medical Research Council (MRC) support, LSHTM and SGUL have established a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Programme to train the next generation to address the most pressing areas of global health need. The DTP Programme provides PhD Studentships to undertake research on four cross-cutting themes: Global Health, Health Data Science, Translational and Implementation Research, and Infectious Disease. 

MRC LID is a partnership between LSHTM and St George’s, University of London (SGUL). Students register at both partner institutions, with one as the primary/awarding institution. All students receive the same training, mentoring and support opportunities and their training is overseen by the MRC LID Board. The Programme provides a vibrant and thriving research environment for the blended cohort, ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The DTP1 Programme has 46 students currently registered on the programme (2021-22 academic year). The DTP2 Programme will recruit up to nine new students per year over 5 years, with three awards per year ringfenced for UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds, with up to two awards available to international students.

The Programme has a specific focus in improving research training and culture and ensuring that it is inclusive, equitable and diverse. Therefore, the postholder will need to develop and implement innovative strategies to achieve this, working in collaboration with partner institutions. The post-holder will have experience in working in postgraduate education and an appreciation of EDI issues. The postholder will fulfil an initial student support role for every MRC LID student, by understanding their individual needs and acting as a key point of contact and liaison, and helping them to make the most of the development opportunities arising throughout their programme. The postholder will rapidly develop a good understanding of the funder terms and conditions, to provide advice to Programme applicants and to appointed students and to ensure compliance to these and the partner institutions’ policies and procedures. The post-holder will support the DTP Chairs, providing operational oversight and support to PhD students supervisors and the MRC LID Board. The role will require excellent project management, organisational and communication skills to ensure the ambitious aims and objectives of the Programme are achieved and to liaise with LSHTM and SGUL central services, placement and internship partner institutions, trainers, collaborators and the funder.  

The Role

The MRC LID Manager plays a pivotal role in the delivery and ongoing development of this unique MRC LID programme, contributing to the ethos and strategic development of DTPs and other scholarships at both institutions, working with DTP Leads and those overseeing research degree study, EDI, training, and finances across both institutions.

The post-holder will be responsible for managing this ambitious DTP Programme, with responsibility for all operational and financial activities of the DTP. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining administrative procedures for all programme-specific operations including day to day running and logistical implementation of the programme, recruitment, training, financial management and reporting of complex budgets, liaison with partners and the funder, and the review and development of administrative policies and procedures in line with the goals and decisions of the DTP board, institutional committees, the Universities, and the funding body, MRC/UKRI. 

The post is full time and fixed-term for 6 years.

The salary will be on the Professional Services scale Grade 5 in the range £35,377 - £40,611 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Wellbeing Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in London at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to LSHTM have a newly implemented Hybrid Working Framework, which alongside agreed service requirements, enables teams to work more flexibly (if the role allows), promoting a greater wellbeing and work/life balance. 

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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