The King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) is the leading civilian UK centre of excellence for military health research and independent of the UK Ministry of Defence. The Centres work has helped shape government policy towards military personnel. KCMHR sits within the Department of Psychological Medicine. It launched in 2004 and is directed by Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Professor Nicola Fear. For more information, please see https://kcmhr.org/
KCMHR in partnership with RAND Europe will be launching the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre – a centre of research excellence and for facilitating collaboration for all parties interested in academic study and policy-oriented research related to veterans and their families. The Research Centre will be led by co-directors Ruth Harris (RAND Europe) and Professor Nicola Fear (KCMHR) and includes governance advisors (Ben Caves, Professor Neil Greenberg and Professor Sir Simon Wessely) to provide strategic direction.
We are looking to appoint a Deputy Research Manager to support the delivery of the FiMT Research Centre focussing on issues relating to the Armed Forces Community, including ex-Serving personnel, and their families. The successful candidate will work closely with the Research Leader (who will be employed by RAND) and be accountable for supporting a broad research team on a day-to-day basis, managing research programmes and developing a broad network of collaborators particularly within research pertaining to the Armed Forces Community. The post holder will also lead on the annual FiMT Research Centre Conference including planning and delivery. The post holder will support the research centre to improve research impact and engage with key stakeholders across government, academia, business and industry. The post holder will also contribute to the the delivery of agreed research outputs, assist with the development of the website and support with securing funding for the Centre.
This post is a full time role for a duration of 2 years with scope for extension on successful performance. The post holder will be responsible to the Research Leader and Research Group Directors and be responsible for a Research Assistant. The post holder may also be required to line manage other staff as the Centre grows. The post is based within the King’s Centre for Military Health Research at King’s College London, Denmark Hill Campus. The post holder will also be required to work at the FiMT offices in Victoria, London (1-2 days a week) and occasionally visit the RAND offices in Cambridge.
Fixed-term for 2 years (with scope to extend)
Full time – 35 hours per week
Management of day-to-day operations of the research centre activities
Contributing to the delivery of the FIMT Research Centre agreed research outputs and activities
Communicating with various stakeholders and partners across government, academia, business, industry and consolidating and initiating networks and contacts with organisations and collaborators such as the UK MOD, UK OVA and other government departments as well as the service charities sector.
Lead on the planning and delivery of the annual FiMT Research Centre conference
Support the FiMT Research Centre in research pertaining to the Armed Forces Community
Work closely with the Research Leader on innovative ways to improve research impact and engage with key stakeholders including assisting with development of the website
Work with the team to develop the FiMT Research Centre’s research, strategy and impact
Support the team to secure funding for research and other tasks
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
PhD in relevant subject area OR significant relevant work experience (candidates with excellent project management and leadership skills)
Experienced in delivering research projects/project management
Experience in supporting or developing policy
Experience in grant development
Evidence of sustaining effective working relationships with stakeholders in the public or private sector
Demonstrates an understanding and reflection of, and appropriate action related to, equality, equity, inclusion and diversity
Interest in working in research within the Armed Forces Community
Able to build relationships at senior levels, facilitate joint decision making and develop innovative ways of working
Commitment to integrity in research practices/processes
Highly organized and proactive, able to multi-task and delegate effectively
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to think and work accurately in high-pressure situations
Intermediate in Microsoft Office 365 programmes
Experience in research or Project Management within the Armed Forces Community
Experience in planning research events such as conferences and symposiums