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Head of Research Interpretation


Salary: £50–£55,000 per annum, plus benefits

Location: London N1 / Hybrid

Full time: 37.5 hours a week

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We’re a hybrid working employer, meaning you’re required to come into the office 2 days per week, currently Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday.

Closing date: 5pm, 1 July 2024

Interviews: 15–19 July 2024

Second interviews: w/c 22 July 2024

An exciting opportunity to work on WCRF International’s Global Cancer Update Programme.

World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRFI) leads and unifies a network of cancer prevention charities based in Europe and the Americas. Our shared vision is a world where no one develops a preventable cancer.

WCRFI is responsible for delivering our network science programmes. One of these is the Global Cancer Update Programme (CUP Global), previously known as the Continuous Update Project (CUP). This is our global cancer prevention and survival programme focusing on the links between diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer.

Forming the cornerstone of all our work, the project is the largest of its kind in the world. Over 140 scientists from more than 17 different countries have contributed to it. The CUP Global database is housed at Imperial College London. Trusted by oncology experts, researchers and health professionals worldwide, and regularly evaluated by an independent Panel of leading cancer experts, CUP Global is the only authoritative scientific resource of its kind in the world.

We are seeking a Head of Research Interpretation who will be responsible for managing the delivery of CUP Global. You will chair the CUP Global Secretariat and also provide support to the Assistant Director of Research and Policy and the Director of Research, Policy and Innovation in the oversight and strategic direction of the programme of work. You will also contribute to other projects such as ensuring that the WCRF network has the latest global cancer statistics, including new estimates of the preventability of cancer. More information on CUP Global can be found here.

You will be educated to PhD level, with postdoctoral experience in a research environment, in a relevant area (e.g. nutrition, cancer, epidemiology, public health). You will have a good understanding of public health and epidemiology, nutrition and/or cancer and have experience of conducting or interpreting systematic reviews. You will have strong people management skills, with formal line management experience.

Application Details

If you are interested in this role and feel you possess the necessary requirements, please submit to or HR, WCRF International, 140 Pentonville Road, London N1 9FW by the closing date:

  • A current CV
  • A covering letter (maximum 2 pages)
  • A response to the following question (maximum 300 words)

This role involves managing complex projects and bringing together multiple elements of science. Using an example of a multi-stakeholder project you have been responsible for managing, please describe in no more than 300 words how you aligned the science from different disciplines (including stakeholders from within and outside academia) to deliver a unified vision of the work.

You must have current right to work in the UK.

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Please note: Your cover letter should highlight how your skills and experience will benefit WCRF International and equip you for the role, using specific examples to illustrate how you meet the job and person specifications.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to provide feedback to shortlisted candidates. If you do not hear from us within 14 days of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.


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