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Centre Manager, Centre of the Cell

20 Dec 2022 7:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The closing date for applications is Sunday 8th January 2023.

Centre Manager, Centre of the Cell

About Us

Centre of the Cell is an informal biomedical science learning centre, based in the Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Opened in 2009, it is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories and provides our visitors the opportunity to learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research.

With its two iconic learning spaces, the award-winning Centre of the Cell aims to inspire young people with an immersive digital interactive experience in STEMPod and through engaging science shows and workshops in Neuron Pod. We also deliver outreach programmes and events in schools and community areas.

Many of our activities are funded by the public engagement components of research grants. These activities include Centre of the Cell’s Youth Membership Scheme, that now has over 400 members, summer schools, volunteering and work experience opportunities, mentoring, help with university applications and co-production of the Big Question Lecture series.

More detailed information on what we do and how we do it, can be found by visiting

The Role

This is an exciting time for Centre of the Cell. STEMPod is currently undergoing a £438,000 refurbishment which will provide the space with state-of-the-art computer and film technology and a refresh of activities and film to reflect the latest in biomedical research at Queen Mary University of London. There is also funding secured for a series of new interactives, shows and workshops to be developed and delivered in 2023-24.

To support the next stages of our development plans, we are looking to appoint a Centre Manager for Centre of the Cell.

This critical role will provide you with the opportunity to manage the full operational delivery of Centre of the Cell, including managing a small team of delivery staff, overseeing public engagement projects, and day to day finance, HR, and infrastructure tasks.

This role will also allow you to work closely with the Director and Founder of Centre of the Cell, by contributing to, developing, and implementing strategic plans to support the long-term future of Centre of the Cell and its offerings to the public.

About You

Due to the current requirements of the role, on this occasion we are only looking for an individual who has a background in working in a similar environment to ours (e.g museums, visitor attraction, heritage/science centres)

You are likely to have worked at a similar or slightly higher level and might see our role as the ideal opportunity to add to your current career portfolio, or as an exciting opportunity to help shape our future delivery. Alternatively, you might have been part of a larger operational team (within a deputy capacity) with specific responsibilities and see our role as your opportunity to now have overall accountability and ownership for delivery.

Whatever your motivations for applying, you will clearly be able to demonstrate delivery in operational excellence in everything you do, whether that be financial and budget planning, project delivery, inspiring others through your line management skills or supporting strategic planning to enable tangible growth in the experiences of visitors, income generation and services offered.

The post is based, onsite, at the Whitechapel Campus in London. It is full time, permanent appointment. The starting salary will be Grade 5, in the range of £40,386 - £47,414 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

More details and apply:

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Fran Balkwill

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 8th January 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held in the week beginning 23rd January 2023.



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