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Science Director - Animal Free Research UK King's Cross, London (currently working from home

10 May 2021 7:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

If you are a motivated, forward-thinking, high calibre pharmaceutical, biotech or biomedical research professional with an exceptional leadership style, this is a unique opportunity to support a ground-breaking charity in their mission to end animal testing.


About Us


Animal Free Research UK is the leading charity working towards a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering. By pioneering excellence, inspiring and supporting scientists and influencing change, we are improving medical research and putting an end to animal testing.


By 2040, we aim to transform medical research and regulation in the UK so that the development of treatments for human diseases can be entirely animal free and breakthroughs can be achieved faster.


To ensure we achieve our vision, we need to influence change, particularly within the scientific community. As such, we are looking for a Science Director to join us to lead all scientific activities and oversee our Public Affairs workstream.


The Benefits


- Salary of up to £55,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

- Pension

- Flexible/home working options

- 30 days’ annual leave

- Join a charity that places ethics at the heart of science


This is an amazing opportunity to drive awareness of the alternatives to animal testing, which will ultimately make a life-saving difference to people and animals.


You will have the chance to make a lasting impact, both within our organisation and outside of it, by leading on all science matters and shaping our Public Affairs function.


You will be able to influence the legislation that supports animal free research, making this a unique opportunity to help end animal suffering and transform the way in which disease is combatted. If you think you could make a difference as part of our award-winning team, we want to hear from you.


The Role


As the Science Director, you will provide outstanding leadership for all scientific activities of Animal Free Research UK. You will develop new workstreams to grow our influence, increase our impact and deliver our strategic goals.


Reporting to the CEO, you will use scientific and industry or academic expertise to enable us to influence progressive change within academia, the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory framework. Applying knowledge of new approach methodologies, you will gain acceptance of replacing the use of animals in medical research.


Additionally, you will oversee public affairs, ensuring the strategic deployment of our resources to create the most impact to support our vision.


Engaging with an extensive range of decision makers and stakeholders, you will also:


- Provide scientific expertise to our CEO and Trustees

- Take ownership of our grants portfolio

- Lead and motivate our Science and Public Affairs team

- Act as a spokesperson for the charity

- Ensure our cause is promoted with passion and backed up by factual, reliable information

- Work to expand our range of science products, events and programmes


About You


To join us as our Science Director, you will need:


- Previous experience working in either the pharmaceutical or biotech industry, or in a related biomedical scientific academic field

- Proven leadership skills

- Experience of public speaking

- A PHD in a scientific discipline, ideally within biomedical research


A leadership qualification and/or training would be desirable for this role, as would education or training in systems thinking practice. Experience of developing and delivering strategy and managing grants portfolios would also be beneficial, as would experience working in and/or with the charity sector.


Other organisations may call this role Scientific Director, Scientific Public Affairs Director, Head of Research, Head of Scientific Research, Head of Biomedical Research, Head of Pharmaceutical Research, or Head of Biotech Research.


Webrecruit and Animal Free Research UK are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

The closing date is 25/05/2021 

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