Job type: Permanent
Salary: £45,000 – £50,000, depending on experience (plus pension, international travel and flexible working conditions)
Location: Central London, SE1
Closing date: Thursday 6th July at 9am BST

About the role

We are looking for a Head of Research and Access – a key role in our global MSIF movement’s search for improved understanding and treatments for MS and in the fight for better access to treatments and health care in countries rich and poor.

This pivotal role will bring together research staff from our member organisations and the allied research community. You will inspire them to identify common priorities in funding and to collaborate on research projects which increase the scientific understanding that aims for treatments.

You will also build consensus and lead our membership in fighting for access to such treatments and improved healthcare. Lack of access can be due to high prices of treatments, lack of reimbursement by governments or health insurance or because of other health system factors – including lack of diagnosis. The barriers are complex and vary from country to country and may be especially challenging outside Europe and North America. This is a new area in our strategy. You will spearhead our movement’s efforts to tackle this major challenge.

You are a strategic, collaborative person who gets things done. You will lead and implement both our research programme and the development of work on access. These are linked but distinct aims. Both require skill and authority in bringing together high level research and other staff in our member organisations and the international clinical and research community, in order to facilitate their contributions to collaborative projects on these aims. You will also be good at influencing external policy and interacting with a wide range of senior stakeholders. Whilst you will be leading on both areas, much of the coordination of research projects will be undertaken by the Research Manager, who will report to you.  Initially you will spend a substantial part of your time on working with the membership to develop strategies and activities on access.

This is an exciting and varied role in a small, friendly office. There are many opportunities to get involved with international projects. We put much emphasis on equal opportunities and are flexible in finding job-arrangements that work for you and us.

Head of Research and Access – Job Description

Head of Research and Access – Skills and Experience Form

How to apply

If you are enthusiastic about applying, please email the following to

  • a copy of your CV
  • a statement outlining how you will approach the role and what makes you the appropriate person to deliver the key responsibilities
  • a completed Skills and Experience form providing examples of how your skills and experience meet the person specification.  If there are skills or experience you do not meet, please outline how you would work with us to develop them.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 6th July 9am BST.  Interviews will take place shortly after the closing date.

Please email Ceri Angood (Deputy CEO) if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

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