Research Officer - Projects

The Research Team at Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) is dedicated to funding groundbreaking research to understand, diagnose, and cure dementia diseases. ARUK funds dementia research through an extensive portfolio of grant schemes and strategic initiatives both nationally and internationally.

The Research Officer - Projects will play a significant role in supporting the Research Programmes Manager and the Head of Research. They will assist in organizing research conferences and events, contribute to special research programmes, and support the coordination of scientific advisory board meetings. This role is essential to foster ARUK's research objectives and promote engagement within the research community. They will be collaborating with the Research Team and other teams at Alzheimer’s Research UK, such as the Events Team and the Communications and Engagement Team.

Main duties and responsibilities of the role:

Research Conferences and events

  • Assist in the programme development and content for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s annual research conference.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement plans for the Alzheimer’s Research UK conference and events programme in collaboration with the events team.
  • Assist the wider research team in developing events to support strategic partners.

Special Research Programmes

  • Support the development of special research programmes for Alzheimer’s Research UK, including the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Programme and the development of our Research Network.
  • Assist in the implementation and evaluation of the ECR programme events and activities.
  • Support in the management of the Network Centres.

Scientific Advisory Board and strategic meetings

  • Assist in the organization of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meetings.
  • Support in coordinating meeting content, taking minutes, and ensuring follow-up actions.
  • Aid in the recruitment and induction processes for SAB members.

External role

  • Develop and maintain strong professional relationships with key external stakeholders, particularly ARUK funded researchers and other funding bodies, and to seek opportunities to further the strategic and operational research aims of ARUK.
  • Contribute to external events as a representative of the charity including national and international conferences.

What we are looking for:

  • Familiarity with the UK funding landscape and dementia research.
  • Good eye for detail with the ability to organise large volumes of information.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines.
  • Prior experience in a team environment.
  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusive working, placing value on equity and diversity.
  • Good IT skills with the ability to work with grant management systems.
  • Commitment to ARUK’s vision, mission and values.
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to capture and summarise key information to different stakeholders.
  • Organised and able to coordinate various projects concurrently.
  • Self-motivated with a proactive approach to work.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Able to work well as part of a team.

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 £31,000 per annum, plus benefits.

Please download the Vacancy Pack for more information.

The closing date for applications is 10 December 2023, with interviews likely to be held week commencing 18 December 2023. 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. Our mission is to accelerate progress towards a cure.  Today 1 in 2 people will be impacted by dementia, either through caring for a loved one, developing it themselves or tragically both. But there is hope. 

There has never been a more important and exciting time in dementia research. With promising new drugs in clinical trialsthat slow the progression of the diseases that cause it, and revolutionary new ways to diagnose them on the horizon, we are now at a tipping point. Working with the smartest minds globally and across the UK, with industry and academia, Alzheimer’s Research UK is uniquely placed to invest in the very best research identifying barriers to a cure and knocking them down so that there are more and better treatments for everyone with dementia. For the first time in history, we can see a future where people with dementia can get a swift and accurate diagnosis, and effective treatments that could slow or even stop their disease. We stand for everyone affected by dementia. We stand for a cure. 

In 2022, we were incredibly proud to be awarded a 3-star accreditation by Best Companies which recognises ‘World Class’ levels of workplace engagement and were also listed in the prestigious Best Companies lists:

• 48th in the 100 Best Large Companies to Work For in the UK.

• 19th in the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the East of England.

• 3rd in the 50 Best Companies to Work For in the Charity Sector.

In addition, we were also shortlisted for a special award recognising the work undertaken on reducing our environmental impact.

In 2021, we were awarded the HR Management award by The Charity Times for our Wellbeing initiatives throughout the pandemic.

In 2020, we demonstrated our commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace and signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge. 

ARUK really does look after its people, where you will be able to add value and make a difference. 

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

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