The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Head of Diabetes Research Program

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The Role

The Program Head is required to develop and lead research at a national or international level, as team leader  of the Diabetes Research Program. This research program will involve collaborations with people and organizations external to the GI at national and international levels.

Reporting Relationships

The primary reporting path will be to the Associate Director of The George Institute China. The Program Head will lead work with staff on a number of projects within the Program and other Programs within the George Institute.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

·         Provide high level oversight and contribution to all research activities of the Program.

·         Develop/maintain national and international links to support the Program’s activities.

·         Provide leadership, advice and support in projects, and exercise autonomy in relation to techniques, methods and procedures to achieve desired outcomes.

·         Actively develop and promote the desired culture of The George Institute by ensuring all interactions, documentation and communication are conducted in a manner which supports the stated mission.

·         Foster strategic research collaborations with other researchers on projects both within and external to The George Institute.

·         Contribute to teaching activities within and outside the Institute.

·         Directly write, and guide others in development of reports on analyses that are suitable for publication in high impact journals.

·         Attend regular meetings of established projects, where appropriate.

·         Lead grant writing and revenue raising for the development of new projects.

·         Ensure that research being conducted is congruent with world best practice.

·         Remain abreast of developments that are relevant to the Program and the Institute, providing a source of information to colleagues within the Institute.

As a Team Member:

Participate in team meetings and activities

Participate in objective setting, performance management, leading this process within the Program.

Be familiar with the George Institute Standard Operating Procedures that are applicable to all staff and to this role.

Participate in special projects to improve processes, tools, systems and organization.


Work, Health and Safety

Comply with WH&S legislation and operate in accordance with established WH&S practice and procedures at the George Institute

Promote and contribute to a safe, secure environment for staff and visitors

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

·         Doctoral degree in public health, medicine, economics, or related discipline is preferred

·         Experience or strong potential in conducting high-quality research independently or in a team are particularly preferred

·         Experience in  generating external research funding

·         Substantial experience of the conduct of epidemiological and/or clinical research

·         Proven ability to work independently

·         Advanced written and verbal communication skills in both English and Chinese

·         Experience in management and supervision of post-graduate students is preferred

·         Strong problem solving, analytical skills, and strategic thinking

·         Strong leadership and mentoring skills

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well and flexibly i.e. autonomously, in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders

·         Ability to see the big picture, yet still focus on detail

·         Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments.

·         Strong focus on quality of work