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Research Project Manager

Job Type:
Fixed-Term- 2 years
Development & Partnerships
17.5 hours per week

£30,000 - £34,000, pro rata, dependent on experience

Closing Date:
12.00 noon on Thursday 27th August 2020

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an independent membership organisation concerned principally with the education, training and assessment of Surgeons, Dental Surgeons and Doctors who are involved in the surgical care of patients.  Founded in 1505, the College currently has a membership approaching 27,000 in approximately 100 countries throughout the world.

About the Role

The Research Project Manager will lead on the start-up of the Scottish Clinical Optometry Network e-research (SCONe) project in close collaboration with the stakeholders from Royal Blind, Action Against AMD (AAAMD) and the University of Edinburgh. The role will cover a number of areas relating to coordination of activity, operational planning, budget management, and project governance. The Research Project Manager will also need to liaise closely with principal investigators and University partners.

This is an ambitious and exciting project to join with the scope to reach a large number of beneficiaries in the longer term and transform our understanding of eye health in Scotland and beyond. For more information on the SCONe project  please refer to the JD which you will find on our website. 

Experience/Qualifications/Key Skills



  • Degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline, or equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience;


  • Exceptional project management and organisational skills combined with a strong attention to detail;
  • Good analytical skills demonstrated by a structured and methodical approach;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with a wide range of people and audiences at all levels;
  • Diplomatic, able to negotiate and apply judgement in complex areas;
  • Effective decision-making;
  • Able to work on own initiative as well as proven team building and motivational skills;
  • Time management, prioritisation and calmness under pressure.


  • Managing multi-disciplinary research projects, involving external and internal partners;
  • Creative and effective facilitation of meetings, workshops and conferences, including servicing committees with minute writing;
  • Liaising with external bodies including industry, government and/or NGOs;
  • Risk management;
  • Production and analysis of statistics and reports;
  • Translating research and policy requirements into a defined project; Experience of arranging events and meetings
  • Microsoft Office environment, with strong skills in MS Excel.



  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject;
  • Interest in data-driven research;
  • Formal training in one or more project management processes (Scrum, Lean, Kanban, Prince II etc.);
  • Project management tools and software experience
  • Previous experience in a similar role;
  • Working knowledge and/or experience of administration in an HE or other public sector environment;
  • Willingness to undertake further training, where appropriate
  • Experience of working in a charity setting and medical research


Please note that we do not accept CVs and agencies need not apply.

Contact Information

E-mail: recruitment@rcsed.ac.uk

Interview Details

The date of interview will be confirmed in due course.


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