Research Informatics Engagement Manager

The Research Informatics team at ARUK is leading the coordination of the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative Diseases (EDoN) initiative. EDoN is a growing and exciting collaboration to create a digital toolkit and machine learning models to enable the detection of specific dementia-causing diseases decades before overt cognitive symptoms become apparent. EDoN brings together experts in data science, digital technology and neurodegeneration from over 35 universities, institutes, research projects, patient cohorts and technology companies from across Europe and the US. The Research Informatics team, as part of the EDoN Coordination Group, provides support to the EDoN initiative and its partners in the following areas: project management, strategic collaborations, policy and ethics, communications, capacity building, deployment, fundraising, governance and legislation. The Research Informatics Engagement Manager vacancy is an excellent opportunity to work in the Research Informatics team to support the EDoN initiative and its partners to achieve their goals. The postholder will report to the Head of Research Informatics and it is anticipated that there will be line management responsibilities for up to three Research Informatics Officers.

Main duties and responsibilities of the role:

  • Identify and facilitate strategic collaboration opportunities for the EDoN initiative
  • Coordinate effective engagement with EDoN collaborators
  • Support, mentor and manage officers within the Research Informatics team
  • Represent the Research Informatics Team externally, support the Head of Research Informatics to maintain excellent working relationships with external partners
  • Work with the programme manager to define and manage open calls with the goal to engage external partners who could strengthen and support the activities of the EDoN initiative
  • Contribute to external events as a representative of ARUK including national and international conferences.
  • Support the Head of Research Informatics to define the ARUK annual operational plan
  • Contribute to the strategy and management of documents, projects, tasks and reporting in the RI team and EDoN
  • Support fundraising activities engaging with donors and funders
  • Work with the DEMON network and EDoN working groups to engage researchers and data scientists in workshops, training, and networking activities to support EDoN data science activities
  • Undertake any other relevant duties and projects delegated by the Head of Research Informatics in line with the responsibilities of the post.

What we are looking for:

  • Experience managing staff and fostering strategic collaborations
  • Ability to explain complex information to all stakeholders.
  • Ability to write and present comprehensive reports to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Excellent analytical, organisational and communication skills
  • Excellent skills supporting and facilitating the work of colleagues
  • Excellent skills in delegating work and empowering direct reports
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively and confidently with both individuals and groups 
  • Leadership skills with both practical and short/long term strategic vision; ability to build relationships and inspire confidence and respect at all levels; strong team player
  • Excellent communicator – able to build rapport and demonstrate strong influencing, negotiation skills and decision-making skills; excellent listening skills, receptive to feedback and demonstrates flexibility, curiosity, and an ability to learn.
  • Demonstrates and encourages ownership and responsibility; drive/motivation - has a “can-do” attitude and is committed to delivering results and strives for continuous improvement.
  • Motivated and able to approach problems systematically and creatively
  • Flexibility for leading/participating in meetings/teleconferences with international stakeholders
  • Positive attitude, proactive, approachable, and open manner
  • Be an example following the charity leadership attributes: Integrity, Inspirational, Empowering, Aware, Collaborative and Accountable
  • A good blend of strategic and analytical thinking; innovative personality; able to see the bigger picture and set future direction.

Additional Information:

Ways of working: As part of our Agile ways of working you will be required to work approximately 2 days a week from the office, which is subject to the requirements of the role and the business needs. Flexibility on where you work can be split between working from home and our office.

Roles that are classed as part of the Agile ways of working are not able to claim any costs for Mileage/Travel on Public Transport, Accommodation and/or Meals.  This includes when attending the office for various meetings/events.

Our Office: Our office is at 3 Riverside, Granta Park, Great Abingdon, Cambridge, CB21 6AD. 

Salary: Circa £43,000 per annum, plus benefits

Please download the Vacancy Pack for more information.

The closing date for applications is the 3rd July 2022, with interviews likely to be held week commencing the 4th July 2022. We would encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity as the closing date may be brought forward at any time. Please indicate in your covering letter if you are unable to attend an interview on a certain date.

We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.  Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either the application or interview stage, please contact us at

How to apply:

Please create an online account using our Online Recruitment System which can be accessed through our Job Vacancies page. You will be able to attach your CV and covering letter to your application and track the status of your application.

About Alzheimer’s Research UK:

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in research to make life-changing breakthroughs possible.

You will be part of an organisation that has been recognised nationally as an outstanding place to work. In 2021, we were listed 69th in the prestigious 100 Large Best Companies to Work For.  We were also awarded a 2-star accreditation by Best Companies, recognising outstanding levels of workplace engagement and were listed in the 75 Best Companies to Work for in the East of England and the Charity’s 30 Best Companies to Work For.

To view further details about working for us and the benefits we offer, please visit Alzheimer’s Research UK

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