Research Impact Evaluation Manager

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We’re looking for a Research Impact Evaluation Manager to join our team

Base: Central Edinburgh

Hours: Full time and permanent. A working week of 35 hours; core working hours are 10am – 3pm, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break. A flexible working policy is offered. The office is open 7am – 7pm daily and we are currently testing hybrid working where all full-time, office-based staff are required to work at least two days per week in the Edinburgh office. 

Benefits: 10% employer pension contribution; 33 days’ paid holiday annually, plus four public holidays as paid leave days over Christmas and New Year; a Cycle to Work scheme is available.

Who are we? Worldwide Cancer Research is the UK charity that will end cancer by starting cancer cures worldwide. Sadly, 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. It’s crucial we continue to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.

Worldwide Cancer Research is a small charity with an immense ambition – to end cancer by starting new cures. We find and fund discovery research to start new cancer cures around the world, and we are committed to opportunity without barriers. All applicants will receive equitable, fair treatment, and we have pledged to ‘Show the Salary’ because our team members are at the heart of everything we do.

A charity with, currently, 44 employees, allows us to be open, honest and personal with our supporters. Everyone who works for the charity plays a significant role – without them we wouldn’t exist.

We welcome applications from all communities to help build an inclusive team – as diverse as the scientific community we fund and the families whose lives we impact.

Why we need you

To help start more cancer cures and save lives, we are looking for a Research Impact Evaluation Manager to play a crucial role in driving our research strategy and operational decisions through monitoring, evaluating and reporting on our £200M research portfolio. You will ensure that we have the right information to make these decisions and that we continue to fund the most exciting and creative cancer research.

Assessing and reporting on the outputs, outcomes and impact of the charity’s research funding portfolio, you will also seek out information to demonstrate tangible impact to our supporters, showing that we are making significant progress in our mission to end the suffering caused by cancer.

We are looking for a curious and sharp-minded individual to drive our impact evaluation and to help maximise the outcomes of the research we fund.

Make an impact every day by:

  • Owning the research outputs and outcomes collection process
  • Designing and delivering analysis and insight projects to help understand the performance of the research portfolio and progress against our research strategy
  • Developing your expertise in conducting research impact assessments, and building up networks with the growing research impact community

Would you like to use your analytical skills to assess the difference we are making through funding discovery cancer research worldwide?

This is an ideal opportunity if you are looking for progression in your research impact career or if you are a postdoctoral researcher looking for the next step away from the laboratory.

How to apply

  • Please email your tailored CV (no more than two pages) with your covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to
  • Your covering letter will be the key to the success of the application
  • Closing date is Monday 13 June 2022, 12 noon
  • First interviews will be held during w/c 20 June 2022
  • For administrative purposes, please tell us where you first saw this job advertised
  • Worldwide Cancer Research careers

Additional information

Worldwide Cancer Research will hold application data on file for six months after the end of the relevant recruitment round, after which your data is deleted or destroyed. Please view our Recruitment Privacy notice.

Job Description

Post: Research Impact Evaluation Manager

Responsible to: Director of Research

Key contacts/relationships

External – funded researchers, Europe PubMed Central (open access repository), LifeArc and Cancer Research Technology (CRT) (intellectual property advisors), Symplectic (grant system provider)

Internal – Research Funding team, Science Communications team, Senior Management team (SMT)


As Research Impact Evaluation Manager, you will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating outputs, outcomes and impact of the charity’s research funding. Reporting directly to the Director of Research, you will track the progress and productivity of the research funded by the charity and its impact on cancer patients’ lives. Analysing the charity’s £200 million research funding portfolio, you will seek out information to report on the delivery of our research strategy and demonstrate tangible impact to our supporters, showing that we are making significant progress in our mission to end the suffering caused by cancer.

Key responsibilities:

Analysis of research funding portfolio

  • With the Research Funding Manager, fully implement processes to capture, monitor and evaluate the outputs and outcomes from the charity’s research funding going forward.
  • Provide expert guidance on how to interpret, display and communicate the findings of evaluations.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the charity’s research portfolio (active and historical grants) and the most significant outputs, outcomes and impact.
  • Identify and track research grants with high translational/commercialisation potential and ensure that our intellectual property advisors are provided with the information they require to manage and protect the intellectual property derived from the charity’s research funding, and that the charity receives an appropriate share of any resulting revenue.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the charity’s Open Access Publishing (OAP) policy and manage the charity’s relationship with the public facing database, Europe PubMed Central.

Relationship management

  • Build lasting relationships with funded researchers and their host institutions to enable the long-term follow up of grants in order to demonstrate the charity’s impact.
  • Develop close working relationships with the Research Funding team to ensure that all outputs and outcomes from the research funding are collected and stored appropriately.
  • Work closely with the Science Communications team ensuring that they are provided with the information they require on outputs, outcomes and impact to use to develop inspiring scientific content.
  • Build a good working relationship with key contacts with our intellectual property advisors.

Management and leadership

  • With the Director of Research, develop and present to the SMT and Board of Trustees any changes to/or new policies and procedures for outputs, outcomes and impact evaluation, as required.

Wider responsibilities

  • Stay abreast of developments in cancer research at a national and international level.
  • Keep up to date with the latest theory, practice and tools in research outputs, outcomes and impact evaluation.
  • Proactively network to build relationships with other cancer research funders to identify opportunities for collaboration and co-funding.
  • Provide support to other colleagues within the Research Directorate when required.

Generic information to all roles

  • The responsibilities described within the job description are not intended as exclusive or exhaustive. They are to highlight the major duties of the role and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties that are consistent with the overall purpose of the role.
  • It is expected that every job description will be subject to an annual review. In addition, posts may be reviewed where there is a change in the requirements of the charity.
  • Every member of staff is expected to be a role model to others within the charity and those they encounter in the course of their duties, upholding the charity’s values.

Person specification:

Requirements (Essential / Desirable – E/D)

Educational attainment

PhD in a molecular/cellular biology – related research field. (E)

PhD in cancer related research field. (D)

Experience required

Broad knowledge of the cancer research field. (E)

Excellent and up-to-date scientific understanding, particularly of cellular and molecular biology. (E)

Significant experience of collecting and analysing data. (E)

Demonstrable experience in project or programme evaluation. (E)

Knowledge of research evaluation and/or research impact evaluation. (E)

Understanding of the importance of protecting intellectual property. (E)

Practical cancer research experience. (D)

Awareness of the importance of open access to research publications. (D)

Experience of research monitoring, evaluation methods and tools including bibliometric analysis. (D)

Experience of intellectual property protection and /or commercialisation of research. (D)

Experience with team operational planning and contributing to wider business plans (D)

IT experience

Advanced in MS Excel and proficient in other MS software. (E)

Skills and aptitudes required

Proven excellent communication skills both written and verbal, able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences including researchers and external and internal senior stakeholders. (E)

Excellent analytical skills with proven ability to extract key information, critically evaluate evidence and present conclusions in a clear and concise format. (E)

Strong planning and organisation skills. (E)

Good attention to detail with high standards of accuracy even whilst working to tight deadlines. (E)

Ability to work independently, prioritising own workload, but can take direction. (E)

Excellent interpersonal and team-playing skills and the proven ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels and with external contacts. (E)

Confidence, resilience and the ability to remain calm under pressure. (E)


Interest in charity work. (E)

Drive and enthusiasm for the charity’s vision, mission and strategy. (E)

Desire for professional development. (E)

Knowledge of Worldwide Cancer Research. (D)

Other requirements

Ability to travel throughout the UK and Europe if required for meetings/key events. (E)

Commitment to attend training courses to update knowledge and skills. (E)

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