BM&H-11161 Project Assistant - Centre of Occupational Health and Environmental Health

Job Reference : BM&H-11161
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 03/01/2018
Salary : £20,411 to £22,214 per annum, depending on experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Available from January 2018 until 31 December 2018

The University of Manchester invites applications for a position of project assistant.  The post will be available immediately and will be tenable for 12 months on a full-time basis.

The successful applicant will join the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care and will provide administrative support for The Health & Occupation Research network (THOR), a research programme which runs a number of surveillance schemes covering aspects of occupationally related ill-health. Currently, four schemes are in operation in THOR in the UK and four in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). These schemes are partly funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK and the Health and Safety Authority in the Republic of Ireland. They rely on the co-operation of over 1000 physicians from various specialities across the UK and ROI who provide information on cases of occupational illness. The main aims of THOR are to undertake research and to monitor the variation and trends in occupational disease reporting and to carry out special studies of methodology in various disease categories. These contribute to the recognition, investigation, and prevention of occupational disease.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK with around 38,000 students and more than 11,000 staff.  We aim to become one of the top 25 research universities in the world by 2020 and are committed to delivering an outstanding teaching and learning experience; contributing to the social and economic success of local, national and international communities; producing the highest calibre graduates; and developing our staff to be amongst the very best of their peers.

To achieve our ambitious goals we aim to attract and retain the very best people to work across a range of academic disciplines and support functions. 

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH)

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health was created on 1 August 2016 when the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences were brought together in a new, integrated structure to deliver a truly translational approach to the life sciences, ensuring smooth research pathways - from pure discovery science through to clinical application and patient care.

With a total annual income of over £300 million and over 3,000 members of staff, the new Faculty is comparable in size to a medium-sized UK university. Thirty undergraduate and 90 postgraduate programmes will offer our 11,000 students opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need for a successful career.

The Faculty’s matrix structure facilitates interdisciplinary working and enables us to learn from each other and share best practice; and our eight, strategic Research Domains help to articulate our research strengths, drive large-scale, collaborative research activities and strengthen relationships with our research and healthcare partners.

The integration of discovery biology, clinical application and patient care within a single Faculty, particularly in a region with notable health inequality, provides us with a real opportunity to have a very significant and positive impact on people’s lives.

Our strategic partnerships

The new Faculty inherits a number of key strategic partnerships that underpin its ambitions to develop ground-breaking research. 

Working alongside six local NHS Trusts, the Faculty is a key member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) - a federation of equal partners that unites leading healthcare providers with world-class academics and researchers. It aims to be a global centre for the delivery of applied health research and education and provide leadership for our local and regional health systems.

It also plays a leading role in Health Innovation Manchester (HInM), which was launched in September 2015, as part of the UK Government’s decision to devolve health and social care responsibilities to Greater Manchester.  HInM offers a unique opportunity to bring together health and social care, academic and life science related business resources across the region to deliver an innovative health ecosystem that can help accelerate innovation into our local health and social care systems enhance our global scientific standing and act as a magnet for inward investment.

Key partnerships in the charitable sector include Cancer Research UK; Diabetes UK; and the Wellcome Trust; and the Faculty also has research and funding links to a number of commercial organisations who will help us to bring new drugs and products to the market.

Working for the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester strives to make our community a welcoming, caring and enthusiastic one, fuelling ambition with opportunities and support to help us all achieve our personal and professional goals. 

Our diverse job opportunities include an attractive benefits package with family-friendly policies that provide for flexible working.  We care deeply about career and personal development, offering a structured induction programme for new staff, an annual performance and development review, staff training for all career stages and mentoring opportunities to support your career development. 

We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students and are proud to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.

As a global institution, situated at the heart of a lively, culturally diverse city, we welcome applicants of all nationalities.  To help international job applicants plan for life in the UK, we have put together some useful information on passports and visas, travel to the UK, accommodation and a number of other practical considerations.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Dr Melanie Carder


Tel: 0161 275 5636

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.