The Francis Crick Institute Positions 2022 in London, England, United Kingdom – Partner University Liaison Manager

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Salary: From £64,000 with benefits, subject to skills and experience

Partner University Liaison Manager

This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment


The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical institute whose mission is world-class discovery research to understand how living things work and to drive benefits for human health. The Crick explores biological mechanisms at all scales from molecules through cells to organisms, in order to make discoveries that will enhance understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and that have the potential to transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

The Institute is an independent charity, founded through the vision of six partner organisations, who together provided the capital costs of the institute’s establishment: the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Wellcome, and three partner universities: UCL, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The alliance with the three partner universities is central to the development of the Crick’s interdisciplinary agenda and there are a range of programmes which facilitate and enhance interactions between the institutions. These include joint clinical sciences and physical sciences recruitment programmes, a well-established attachment programme which enables researchers and their groups from the partner universities to be based either full or part-time in the Crick, and a PhD programme. These schemes enable researchers to maintain a close connection with their home university and core discipline or clinical speciality, supporting their ongoing career development while also acting as conduits to support the growth of research networks between the Crick and the partner universities.

We are seeking to appoint a Partner University Liaison Manager to coordinate and support the Crick’s strategic and operational interactions with the universities at all levels. The post holder will act as the first point of contact for the partner universities, generally via each university’s partnership manager, and for those in the Crick working with the universities.

The post is part of a newly created Research Management Support team within the Crick. Reporting to the Head of Research Management Support, the post-holder will work closely with the Associate Research Director (Partner University Liaison).

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Providing the primary link between the Crick and the Partnership Managers at UCL, King’s College London and Imperial College London. Building effective relationships with relevant University/Faculty/School/Department operational teams and key academic leaders at the Crick and the partner universities.
  • Providing a key link between the Crick operational teams involved in the university partnerships including HR, Finance, Grants and Legal. Providing a key interface for discussions relating to the allocation of space and facilities for university attachments and joint appointments.

Supporting those on university attachments and joint appointments before, during and after their time at the Crick. This includes:

  • working closely with HR to support staff working at the Crick;
  • developing processes and co-ordinating with parties at the Crick and partner universities to ensure the smooth onboarding of successful candidates;
  • coordinating with all relevant parties to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed for those on university attachments and joint appointments at all stages from recruitment to departure from the Crick.
  • acting as a point of contact for all queries regarding Crick-university attachments and joint appointments, including such matters as contracts, funding, resources, space allocation, IP and grant applications;
  • developing processes and coordinating with all parties to facilitate the departure of those on joint appointments and, where relevant, their transition to running satellite laboratories.
  • Having accountability for all governance, process and contractual issues relating to the attachments and joint appointment positions. This includes:
  • reviewing current governance arrangements, making proposals where necessary for improvement.
  • undertaking a review of all the processes relating to university attachment and joint appointment positions, making proposals for improvements to ensure efficiency and consistency of process.
  • Developing process diagrams/gantt charts to ensure that the processes are understood by all relevant parties.
  • ensuring formal partnership agreements are in place for all new university attachment and joint appointment positions by working with Crick colleagues and university partner teams to obtain all necessary information relating to the appointment and instructing the legal team to prepare contracts accordingly.
  • prioritising the resolution of a number of legacy contractual issues;
  • providing regular updates to the Crick Executive and Board on the status of these contractual agreements;
  • overseeing the development and maintenance of information systems and standard documentation for partnership contracts.
  • Acting as the first point of contact to provide authoritative partnerships advice, guidance and support to Crick and partner university staff, and to develop written guidance as appropriate.
  • Attending relevant internal and external meetings relating to the Crick university partnerships, ensuring effective communication and feedback to relevant parties.
  • Leading on the development, implementation and review of strategies, systems and procedures to ensure the effective management and coordination of administration practice relating to Crick-universities interactions. This includes policies, systems, procedures and planning processes relating to recruitment, admissions, assessment, university teaching, maintenance of records, appeals and complaints, and information, advice and guidance.
  • In collaboration with the university Partnership Managers, developing and maintaining systems and processes to ensure that accurate, up-to-date and accessible data relating to the attachment and joint appointment programmes and those supported by them, are provided and available to all relevant internal and external parties.
  • Responsibility for promoting, informing and disseminating partnership achievements, opportunities and information through Crick internal and external communication channels.

Essential Experience And Competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:

Background And Experience

  • Educated to degree level
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of the HEI sector
  • Experience of operational management, preferably in a HEI or science research organisation
  • Experience of partnershipelationship management and/or contractual management
  • Skills And Competencies

    • Excellent communications skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with multiple networks and deal with the potentially conflicting demands of the universities and the Crick
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Change management skills
    • Strong strategic thinking capability with excellent negotiation skills
    • Confidence and authority to recognise and challenge inefficient processes and provide new solutions.
    • Flexibility to work well both independently or cooperatively, whichever the situation demands.
    • Collaborative and inclusive working style and attitude

    Desirable Experience

    • Master’s degree or PhD in a science-related subject
    • Experience of scientific grants management

    Candidates will be considered on secondment from a university.

    Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

    We welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, age, disability, or civil partnership, marital or family status. We particularly welcome applications from people who are Minority Ethnic as they are currently underrepresented in the Crick at this level.

    Diversity is essential to excellence in scientific endeavour. It increases breadth and perspective, leading to more innovation and creativity. We want the Crick to be a place where everyone feels valued and where diversity is celebrated and seen as part of the foundation for our Institute’s success.

    The Crick is committed to creating equality of opportunity and promoting diversity and inclusivity. We all share in the responsibility to actively promote dignity, respect, inclusivity and equal treatment and it is our aim to ensure that these principles are reflected and implemented in all strategies, policies and practices.

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    Company: The Francis Crick Institute

    Vacancy Type: Full-time · Associate

    Job Location:  London, England, United Kingdom

    Application Deadline: N/A

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