Ref: 5964

Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

Manchester, UK

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Role Managed by:

Annabel Holt

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6219


Primary Practice Group: Academic Medicine and Health Sciences

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 05/09/2022

Formal Interview Date: October 2022

The CRUK Manchester Institute (CRUK MI) is a world-leading cancer research institute within The University of Manchester and embedded within one of the largest cancer hospitals in Europe – The Christie. CRUK MI is core funded by Cancer Research UK, the largest independent cancer research organisation in the world. Spanning a wide spectrum of cancer research – from investigating the molecular and cellular basis of cancer, to translational and clinical research – the Institute currently houses 10 research groups, led by both discovery and clinician scientists, and is home to around 300 Postdoctoral Scientists, Clinical Fellows, Scientific Officers, Operational and Technical staff, Postgraduate Research Students and Visiting Fellows. Institute staff have access to outstanding laboratory facilities and exceptional core services, providing an exceptional environment in which to pursue basic, translational and clinical research programmes and drive the next generation of scientific discoveries for patient benefit.

In early 2023 the Institute will move into a brand new £150 million flagship purpose-built biomedical research centre directly attached to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in South Manchester, equipped with the latest technology and sustained by core funding from CRUK. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to build a unique cancer discovery facility drawing on the strengths of the patient population of the Christie and the interdisciplinary links of a world-leading university, renowned for its transdisciplinary work in biomaterials, biosynthesis, nanotechnology, engineering and much more.

The University of Manchester and CRUK are now seeking to appoint a new Director who will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the CRUK MI. The Director will provide strategic and scientific leadership to the Institute and will develop and deliver an ambitious vision for the Institute, ensuring that it remains at the cutting edge of cancer science and translation of discovery research to patient impact. The Director will have full responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Institute, including its £27-30 million budget, and will have resources available to shape the Institute through the recruitment of up to seven new research groups, and through influencing key aspects of the new state-of-the-art building the Institute will occupy from early next year, providing an exceptional opportunity for the incoming Director to deliver an ambitious scientific vision. Alongside leadership of the Institute, the Director will be expected to help drive collaboration across the CRUK research network nationally, and to advocate nationally and internationally for CRUK and its mission. The Director will hold a senior Professorial appointment at the University and will therefore play a critical role in the development of the wider cancer research programme across the University, as well as ensuring effective links exist between the Institute and the University, and other key partners, in particular the Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will be an internationally recognised leader in basic or clinical cancer science, with an outstanding personal record in discovery and translational cancer research. In addition, they will bring demonstrable experience and success in delivering research programmes with significant budget and/or complexity, and will be able to evidence their ability to develop and deliver science strategy, performance improvement and excellence within a research institute or equivalent. The appointee will also demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and proven ability to motivate and inspire staff at all levels.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. For further information, including a detailed job description and person specification, and details of how to apply, please visit using reference number 5964.  For an informal and confidential conversation about the role, please contact Annabel Holt on +44 (0)20 7340 6219 or via email at

The closing date for applications is 09:00 (BST) on Monday 5th September. Final interviews will take place in October 2022.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all sectors of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. As Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates are currently under-represented at this level at the University, we would particularly welcome applications from individuals in minority ethnic groups. All appointments will be made on merit. The University is positive about hybrid and flexible working. Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Perrett Laver believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. A broad range of perspectives, backgrounds and opinions amongst our global community of colleagues is crucial in maintaining our culture of openness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity. We take an active role in supporting under-represented communities and groups in becoming better and more fairly represented in the leadership of all organisations. We also know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our ability to identify, engage and secure candidates from these groups.

Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, identity, and experience drives us every day – for clients, for candidate identification and in the recruitment, development and retention of colleagues. 

To ensure inclusion on the basis of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, family circumstance, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, political or religious beliefs, race, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, we would like to specifically invite applications from under-represented groups.

For a conversation in confidence, please contact Annabel Holt on on +44 (0)20 7340 6219 or via email at

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