Head of the Mental Health Priority Area

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Role Managed by:

Ilona Motyer

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Academic Medicine and Health Sciences

Salary & Benefits: Remuneration commensurate with the seniority of the role. Support with relocation provided if living outside of the UK

Closing Date: 19/11/2018

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

Headquartered in Central London, Wellcome is a large charitable foundation dedicated to supporting science and research, both politically and financially independent, with an investment portfolio of over £23 billion that funds our work.

In addition to the funding we distribute to support scientific excellence and translational research, Wellcome chooses priority areas where we want to see, lead and be accountable for change; working in partnerships with other organisations and setting ambitious targets to bring about improvements in these areas- including improving diversity and inclusion in science and research and tackling drug-resistant infections.

Wellcome has long been a supporter of research into mental health and in June 2018, our Board of Governors approved the creation and implementation of a Mental Health Priority Area (MHPA), which will lead a new movement to rethink mental health research through creating a ‘super-discipline’ of mental health science (bringing existing fields such as psychiatry and neuroscience closer together) and supporting new treatments for depression and anxiety in young people.

We are seeking an outstanding leader to design and deliver this programme, with a significant budget (comparable to Wellcome’s larger priority area programmes, currently around £175-200m) and the freedom to build and lead a team of up to 15 people who can realise these ambitions over the next 5-10 years. This will be a challenge of hearts and minds as well as science: we will work to engage a range of people, including researchers and clinicians, opinion formers and decision makers, those with lived experience of mental health conditions and the wider public, to help shape and undertake our work.

The successful candidate will report directly to a member of Wellcome’s Executive Leadership Team, and will possess a strong working knowledge of mental health and its current challenges within a global context, combined with significant leadership, public engagement and programme management experience. The appointee will be ambitious and passionate about research with impact and working towards a super-discipline of mental health science.

Wellcome encourages applications from all individuals who align with the organisation’s values and vision, with experience from any relevant sector whether public, private or voluntary. Wellcome values talented people from all backgrounds who can help to make our vision a reality.

Please submit your application via the link below, including your CV, covering letter and a completed Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring form.

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