Portfolio Manager

BBSRC provides a range of funding opportunities to enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class bioscience research and innovation. The Research and Innovation Funding Delivery (RIFD) Team is responsible for the management, peer review and awarding of BBSRC’s research and innovation grant applications, awards to students and research fellows and research infrastructure. The annual funding budget is ~£500 million.

As Portfolio Manager, you will manage the assessment of pioneering research applications from the academic community that help tackle major bioscience challenges.

A vacancy has arisen within the Research and Innovation Funding Delivery Team for a Portfolio Manager. We are seeking an individual who has an understanding of Life Sciences and an interest in working with universities, research organisations and businesses in a UK and International context. You’ll work with some of the major advances in contemporary bioscience and interact with nationally and internationally recognised experts across all areas of bioscience.

By developing and utilising knowledge on the work of BBSRC, and the research and innovation it supports, your main job roles will include:

Collaborating with BBSRC colleagues on the development and creation of new funding calls
Leading the grant application, assessment and award processes for BBSRC’s funding activities; providing oversight on the external peer review of applications and managing expert assessment panels
Using your knowledge of BBSRC’s funding programmes and policies to provide advice and guidance to the research and innovation community and internal colleagues on how to apply for grants, funding policies and peer review processes
Organising and leading the delivery of peer review meetings throughout the UK, ensuring that all applications are assessed fairly and robustly
Providing advice and outreach to the research and innovation community, and other stakeholders, on BBSRC’s funding programmes, processes and policies
Utilising your knowledge of BBSRC’s scientific portfolio and funding processes to contribute to the ongoing continuous improvement of funding application, assessment and award processes
Identifying ways to improve funding practice and processes within BBSRC for the benefit of bioscience research and innovation communities in the UK; and supporting the office and research community throughout the implementation of changes
Providing line management, development and support to staff within the team, providing support and mentoring to new members of staff and contributing to the development of individuals who are at the early stage of their career.

Salary: £31,931

Closing date: 07/07/2021

Further information can be found here.