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Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF) Beta Cell Programme Lead


There's never been a more exciting time to join Diabetes UK where you can be a crucial part of helping us create a world where Diabetes can do no harm!

We have secured an incredible and unprecedented £50 million investment from the Steve Morgan Foundation which will fund research and pave the way to the development of new treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.

In our mission to transform the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes and to lead the race towards a cure, we have formed an exciting partnership with the Steve Morgan Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ltd (JDRF).

The SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge is a very different and exciting way of funding research. It will support collaborative research of greater scale, accelerating progress towards a cure for type 1 diabetes.

In collaboration with world-class scientists and people with diabetes we have narrowed down the research areas of The SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge, and one area of focus will be on research to replace or rescue insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas.

To join our friendly team please take a look at the information below and apply today!

Interview Date: Monday 30 June 2022


What we can offer you:

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days in your first 5 years here. Pro rata'd for those on part time hours or fixed term contracts.
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out-of-pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments)
  • Early finish Friday and agile working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life
  • Access to Remote GP, physiotherapy, mental health support, and much more
  • Annual Season ticket loan (after successful completion of your probation period and for contracts that are permanent or over 12 months if fixed term)
  • Home office season ticket (to help you spread the cost of any equipment or furniture you wish to purchase)
  • Excellent Family-friendly and Carers policies, e.g. generous maternity, paternity, and neo-natal policies - considerably higher than statutory leave and pay
  • Cycle to work scheme (after successful completion of your probation period and for contracts that are permanent or over 12 months if fixed term)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities which we are delighted have continued remotely during the pandemic
  • We have a variety of well-being sessions throughout the year

Main Responsibilities

As the Beta Cell Programme Lead, you'll lead, for Diabetes UK, the delivery of the Beta Cell Grand Challenge part of this exciting and transformational initiative. Alongside this you'll work to attract significant leverage from statutory funders, other charities, philanthropists and other relevant funders. You'll report to the Director of Research and will be supported by a team embedded within the existing expert research funding and research communications teams of the Research Directorate in Diabetes UK.

Ideal Candidate

You'll be able to lead complex programmes of work while identifying opportunities for improvement and problem solving along the way. You'll have experience of working across and outside of a complex organisation and have great influencing and negotiation skills. Your PhD in an area of biomedical science will mean that you're able to assimilate complex scientific knowledge and communicate the impact of research outcomes to a variety of audiences.