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Research Officer

Gesundheit & Wohlbefinden
Wirtschaft & Fundraising
Dienstort Hatfield
Dienstverhältnis Vollzeit
Veröffentlicht am 18.01.2024

Crohn's & Colitis UK

Research Officer

£32,000 – £34,000 (35 hours per week) depending on experience

Place of work: Hybrid

The role

As Research Officer at Crohn’s & Colitis UK, your role is crucial in the charity’s efforts to improve the lives of individuals affected by Crohn’s disease and Colitis through research. You will be part of the team responsible for delivering the charity’s research strategy, which has three key pillars: directly funding research; increasing investment by others in Inflammatory Bowel Disease research; and patient and public involvement.

Your work will include administering our research grant processes, leading on our Research Champions programme and organising Patient Involvement events, including our annual Patient Involvement in Research Day. You will provide support to researchers with getting people with Crohn’s and Colitis involved in shaping or taking part in their research, targeting communications to specific audiences and sharing through a variety of channels. You will work collaborative with other teams to ensure that the work of the Research team aligns with and supports the work of the wider charity.

About you

For this role, you should have evidence of the ability to develop and maintain relationships with a range of external and internal stakeholders, as well as excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. Experience of working in science research environments would be desirable.

If you share our commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of those affected by Crohn’s and Colitis through research, we invite you to apply for the Research Officer role at Crohn’s & Colitis UK. Join us in our mission to drive impactful research and create a brighter future for individuals with these conditions.


Reports to: Research Manager

Overall purpose

To support the delivery of the charity’s research aims in accordance with the research strategy, including our programme of grants, working with networks and partners to drive increased investment in research for people with Crohn’s and Colitis and our work to support increased patient and public involvement in research.

Key Responsibilities

1. To contribute to delivery of Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s research aims in accordance with the research strategy

Support the Research Manager to deliver the implementation of the charity’s research strategy, including administration of our research grant processes, leading on the Research Champions programme, organizing Patient Involvement events, and identifying further opportunities to increase diverse patient and public involvement in research
Work with the Evidence and Insight team to ensure research programmes are focused on the needs and priorities of people with Crohn’s and Colitis.
Work with the Knowledge and Information team to ensure that the latest research findings are translated into information for people with Crohn’s and Colitis.
Provide additional patient/public recruitment support for our sponsored research projects and research partners, targeted to specific audiences and shared through appropriate channels including our website, charity newsletters and social media.
Work collaboratively with other teams ensuring effective engagement with staff across the organisation to ensure the work of the Research team aligns and supports the work of other teams for the wider benefit of people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis.
Develop networks and horizon scan across the sector to keep up to date and identify future areas and opportunities for partnership on research and quality improvement.

2. Diversity & Inclusion

Ensure equality, diversity and inclusion and the patient voice are considered in all aspects of research and quality improvement.

3. Charity responsibilities

Representing Crohn’s and Colitis UK at events as required.
Working in line with the Charity values and maintaining the reputation and standing of the Charity.
Ensure compliance with charity policies and all relevant legislation.



Evidence of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with external and internal stakeholders
Proven communication skills including excellent written skills
Evidence of collaborative working and a team approach
Evidence of proactively identifying, developing and delivering new initiatives
Evidence of horizon scanning and networking to keep up to date with research and quality improvement developments across the UK and beyond


Experience of working in science research environments
Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
Evidence of knowledge and use of project management methodology
Knowledge and awareness of the needs of people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis


Commitment to professional development
Commitment to the values and strategic aims of Crohn’s & Colitis UK
Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

How to apply

Closing date: 7th February – 9am

If you want to apply for this role, please provide an up-to-date CV and supporting statement giving evidence and examples of how you meet the criteria of the person specification, and what you feel you would bring to this role.

Further details of this vacancy and our recruitment pack are to be found on our website. If you have questions or would like to have a conversation before formally applying, please email the Recruiting Manager, their details are to be found on our website.

Please note, applications will be assessed as and when they are received, and interviews arranged, so we may close the position before the closing date if a suitable candidate is found.

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