We’re a highly collaborative team here at the DMT. We like to plan and be prepared, but we also like to be flexible and responsive to new ideas. We’re committed to making our contribution to understanding what it takes to improve health outcomes in older age and to the much-needed systemic change in health and social care for older people – so we want to work with people who share that commitment. We list our current vacancies and other opportunities to work with us here.

Grants Officer

Opportunity: We have a new full time, permanent vacancy for an enthusiastic aspiring research management professional to help us to deliver our strategic plans. As a member of the Grants Team reporting to the Head of Research Policy and Awards, you will be a primary point of contact for organisations applying for funding for academic or clinical research, as well as playing a key role in developing, implementing and evaluating our funding streams.  As such, you will make key contributions to the development and delivery of the Trust’s core services, reinforcing its reputation for high quality and its support for the research community.  If you’d like to explore using your research training in a subject area relevant to the work of the Trust in a slightly different context, have great attention to detail, a flexible “can do” attitude and the restless curiosity essential to the success of a small, expert team, download the full job description and person specification and find out how to apply.

Location: Our office is on the Strand in central London and we are currently working in hybrid mode. We also welcome proposals for flexible work patterns.

Salary and benefits: £32,352 (to be reviewed 1 August) with potential for performance-related progression after 12 months plus 12% pension contribution, season ticket loan, death-in-service benefit, income protection and health cash plan, on-site gym. Enhanced family leave after qualifying period. 30 days’ holiday + public holidays. (For more information, go to our Staff Handbook).

Person specification: Download

We wish to foster a diversity of thought and experience within the Trust, understanding the rich contribution this makes to us as an innovative and supportive funder and so encourage applications from under-represented groups.  We will therefore do all we can to make reasonable adjustments for people who request them. If you would like us to make reasonable adjustments during the application process, please let us know when you apply.

It is essential that you can demonstrate your ability to live and work in the UK.

How to apply

Please email a no more than two page covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements of the role and person specifications, together with your CV, addressed to Susan Kay, Chief Executive: [email protected].

If you would like to arrange an informal conversation about the role, please do so by emailing [email protected].

Deadline: 8 January 2024 at noon. Interviews will be held 22-24 January 2024.

Personal data

In line with the requirements of the data protection legislation, we ask that you do not send us any information that can identify children or any of your sensitive personal data* in your Curriculum Vitae or covering letter. Having given this notice, any inclusion of such information in your application will be understood by us as your express consent to process and store this information.  You can read our Privacy Notice here.

Please also remember not to include anyone else’s personal information (e.g. referees) in your application who has not previously agreed to their inclusion.  If your application is successful and you are subsequently made an offer of employment, we will ask you for the details of two referees at that point.

*The relevant legislation defines “sensitive personal data” as information that can identify a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, data concerning health or sex life and sexual orientation, or their genetic and/or biometric data.

Expert panellist opportunities – rolling recruitment

Purpose: Panellists may be co-opted to the Research Grants Committee on an occasional basis to assist it to assess and make decisions on applications received in response to specific themed calls for proposals and where the disciplinary expertise is not represented by a sufficient number of Committee members.

Current priority areas: Our current priority areas of disciplinary interest are in support of our research funding call focussing on the ageing immune system, hearing and vision loss and functional independence.

Person specification: Download

Term of appointment: expert panellist appointments will be for the current plan period (until March 2026).

Time commitment: Attendance at a maximum of two committee or panel meetings in any one year (dependent on disciplinary expertise) and likely to be a maximum of four meetings in total over the plan period, at which advisors will be asked to lead the discussion on 3-5 applications per meeting and will have the benefit of peer review scoring and comments.

Prior to each meeting scoring applications using the Trust’s online application portal.

  • Provision of occasional advice by telephone and/or email on applications received between committee meetings.

Do please download the relevant person specification and read more about some of our current work on our website – in particular our strategic framework for 2020-25.

Applicants must have both permission and support from their host institution before applying.

We positively encourage early career researchers to apply as career development is an important strategic theme of our work.

We are committed to promoting diverse and inclusive communities so encourage and welcome applications from under-represented groups.

The role is unpaid, although out of pocket expenses incurred will be reimbursed, which include reasonable travel expenses and any additional expenses incurred such as childcare or other caring responsibilities to facilitate attendance at meetings etc.

The Trust’s office base is in central London. The Committee and expert panels meet in hybrid format, however, to facilitate accessible attendance for all.

How to apply:

Please email a no more than two page covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements of the role and person specifications, together with your CV, to Susan Kay, Chief Executive [email protected].

If you would like to arrange an informal conversation about the role, please do so by emailing [email protected].

There is no deadline: we recruit to these roles on a rolling basis depending on the disciplinary priorities for our funding programmes.