University of Oxford

University of Oxford

PSI Strategy, Research and Culture Lead

PSI Strategy, Research and Culture Lead

Pandemic Sciences Institute, Old Road Campus Research Building, Oxford, OX3 7DQ

We currently have a rare and unique opportunity for a Research Strategy, Delivery and Culture Lead to join the Pandemic Sciences Institute hosted by the Nuffield Department of Medicine.

This exciting new position will support the PSI Director to deliver the Institute's Scientific Strategy within a supportive research environment, and is critical to delivering PSI's ambitious global vision.

As the Research Strategy, Delivery and Culture Lead, you will have responsibility for coordinating, facilitating, monitoring and evaluating the delivery of the PSI Scientific Strategy. You will support the PSI Senior Management Team and work with senior PSI Investigators to develop and implement a science delivery plan. This plan should include the identification of capability gaps, opportunities and a structured approach to monitoring research delivery and impact. In addition, you will consult with PSI colleagues at all levels to identify ways to promote and assess a supportive and empowering research culture.

This role requires an individual with extensive research management experience in the academic, not-for-profit or industrial sector – preferably at a strategic level – with excellent influencing and advocacy skills.

To be successful in this role, you will hold a PhD with significant post- qualification research experience, and have a track record in science coordination and/or delivery, in either an academic, not-for-profit, or industry environment. You will have a strong leadership record with experience of managing staff, particularly through translation of academic scientific vision to project delivery, with the ability to engage and motivate colleagues to fulfil their potential. It is essential that you are able to work effectively and credibly with senior stakeholders from academic, government, not-for-profit and industry environments, and have excellent diplomacy, communication and people skills.

The Nuffield Department of Medicine is a friendly, welcoming and keen to engage with the many challenges and opportunities that arise in our world- leading, internationally recognised department. This role offers the opportunity to thrive in a diverse role in a supported environment.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 3 years in the first instance and is funded by an AstraZeneca Donation.

Only applications received before 12 midday on Tuesday 28 May 2024 will be considered. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 17 June 2024.

Please quote 172697 on all correspondence.

Contact Person : Kaitlin Beazley Vacancy ID : 172697 Contact Phone : 01865 287734 Closing Date & Time : 28-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 10 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 10: £61,198 - £70,918 with a discretionary range to £77,476 per annum

Job details


PSI Strategy, Research and Culture Lead


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 10, 2024

Application deadline

May 28, 2024

Job type



Medicine,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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