Assistant Portfolio Manager

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Swindon, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 May 2021

Full Time/Part Time (minimum 0.6 FTE considered)

BBSRC provides a range of funding opportunities to enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class bioscience research and innovation. The Research and Innovation Funding Delivery (RIFD) Team is responsible for the management, peer review and awarding of BBSRC’s research and innovation grant applications, awards to students and research fellows and research infrastructure. The annual funding budget is ~£500 million. As Assistant Portfolio Manager, you will contribute to the assessment of pioneering research applications from the academic community that help tackle major bioscience challenges.

A number of vacancies have arisen within the Research and Innovation Funding Delivery Team for Assistant Portfolio Managers. We are seeking individuals who have an understanding of Life Sciences and an interest in working with universities, research organisations and businesses in a UK and International context. You’ll work with some of the major advances in contemporary bioscience and interact with nationally and internationally recognised experts across all areas of bioscience.

By developing and utilising knowledge on the work of BBSRC, and the research and innovation it supports, your main job roles will include:

  • Working on the grant application, peer review assessment and award processes for BBSRC’s funding activities; leading on the engagement with external peer review experts
  • Using your knowledge of BBSRC’s funding programmes and policies to provide advice and guidance to the research and innovation community and internal colleagues on how to apply for grants, funding policies and peer review processes
  • Contributing to the delivery of peer review meetings throughout the UK, helping to ensure that all applications are assessed fairly and robustly
  • Providing advice and outreach to the research and innovation community, and other stakeholders, on BBSRC’s funding programmes, processes and policies
  • Utilising your knowledge of BBSRC’s scientific portfolio and funding processes to contribute to the ongoing continuous improvement of funding application, assessment and award processes
  • Identifying ways to improve practice and processes within BBSRC for the benefit of bioscience research and innovation communities in the UK; and supporting the office and research community throughout the implementation



  • A degree (or equivalent experience) in a Life Sciences subject or related subject, and a demonstrable knowledge of biological sciences and/or the broader natural sciences
  • An understanding of the bioscience research and innovation sphere and the impact of scientific discoveries, and an ability to interpret scientific information; including an awareness of how BBSRC works with partners
  • A readiness to develop a deeper understanding of the science that BBSRC supports and interpret scientific information
  • An ability to communicate information in a range of ways, with BBSRC’s stakeholders, including BBSRC’s scientific communities, internal colleagues and colleagues from other parts of UKRI
  • Strong organisational skills and an ability to be an effective and collaborative team worker; providing support to colleagues and working flexibly using your own initiative
  • An ability to establish effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • A readiness to develop professionally, challenge effectiveness and contribute to ongoing improvements within the Research and Innovation Funding Delivery team


  • An understanding of peer review and the operational delivery of research and innovation funding programmes.

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