Our vacancies

We are currently recruiting for the following position at the NC3Rs:

Programme Manager – Early Career Awards (Maternity cover)

Grade: Band 3
Location: London
Salary: £39,216 - £45,843 plus London allowances
Contract type: Fixed-term appointment, One year (full-time)


Application of the 3Rs plays an essential role in achieving scientific excellence. The NC3Rs supports the development and uptake of new research tools and models with reduced reliance on the use of animals and/or improved animal welfare and its activities are divided between its role as a 3Rs research funder and programmes led by its own team of scientists.

We provide a range of funding mechanisms to support projects, infrastructure, and training and career development. The awards we make deliver 3Rs benefits, as well as advancing the scientific field across a breadth of subjects such as improving the understanding of human diseases, developing efficacious and safe medicines, and protecting the environment. We are the main funder of 3Rs research in the UK, with over £70 million committed through our funding schemes, since the Centre’s establishment in 2004. Further information on the awards we have made to-date can be found at www.nc3rs.org.uk/our-science.

Role of Programme Manager – Early Career Awards

The role of the Early Career Awards Programme Manager offers a unique opportunity to work with both early career and senior researchers to stimulate change and inspire the next generation of scientists in implementing the 3Rs in their research.

In addition to having responsibility for the annual funding calls for the Fellowship and PhD Studentship schemes, which aim to embed the 3Rs within the training and research activities of early career scientists, this role also develops resources and delivers training and networking events tailored to establishing and supporting 3Rs-driven cohorts of early career researchers.

Key responsibilities

  • Maximise dissemination and uptake of 3Rs advances arising from the Centre’s early career awards by building collaborative relationships with award holders and students through visits, focused workshops and the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Promote the Centre’s funding schemes through institutional visits, webinars and presentations.
  • Support the funding schemes’ application process including providing guidance to potential applicants, referee selection, presenting at applicant workshops, allocating applications to Panel members and compiling applicant feedback.
  • Review the Centre’s portfolio of early career awards including monitoring the progress of awards and collating outcomes and impacts reported on Researchfish to produce evaluation reports, scheme reviews and to monitor scheme performance.
  • Work with award holders to ensure that the methodologies developed as part of their NC3Rs grants are published, in enough detail to facilitate adoption and have a clearly described 3Rs impact, on a freely accessible platform such as the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Work with the NC3Rs Communications team to produce impact case studies, news articles, award announcements and other materials aimed at both scientific and lay audiences.
  • Identify opportunities to work with other research funders on areas of mutual strategic importance to build capacity in the 3Rs.
  • Represent the NC3Rs in a variety of collaborations and networks.
  • Build and sustain relationships with key external stakeholders, including Panel members.
  • Contribute to the evolution of the NC3Rs research funding strategy, schemes and policies.

Further information

The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 February 2021.

Please visit the MRC vacancy portal for further information, including how to apply.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter must outline and explain how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification for this position. 

Interviews are due to take place in March 2021.

Benefits of working at the NC3Rs

The NC3Rs is an autonomous body responsible for setting and delivering its strategy and managing its resources. It is not an independent public body and for this reason it operates under the umbrella of the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), using some UKRI administrative systems. A service agreement exists between the NC3Rs and the MRC. NC3Rs staff are appointed to the appropriate MRC Band and immediately seconded to the NC3Rs.

Choosing to come to work at the NC3Rs means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the NC3Rs and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our team members. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.