Graduate Trainee

Biomedical, Biology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology.

Company Description

LGC manages research funding schemes and related initiatives for the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, managing public investment in excess of £500m per annum.

LGC - Science for a safer world
LGC’s origins can be traced back to 1842 when the Laboratory of the Board of Excise was founded in the City of London.

Job Description

The Graduate Scheme in Research Management provides a unique opportunity to experience all aspects of research funding management, helping to shape the future of healthcare, social care and public health.

Take a look at our Graduate Brochure here.

Our staff are experts in managing research funding on behalf of major organisations for the benefit of wider society. The Grant Management Group (GMG) delivers research management, communications and engagement, and provides expertise in the funding and management of commercial and technological innovation. You’ll receive mentoring, professional development and training from experienced colleagues in our specialist teams.

As well as this chance to become knowledgeable and proficient in aspects of General Research Management facing the public sector, this year we are extending our offer to graduates who are particularly interested in developing a career in either Communications and Industry or External Affairs and UK Vaccine Innovation Pathway and will be appointing three graduates in 2024.

The General Research Management stream will give the graduate hands-on experience of the research life cycle, and will be responsible for running strategic projects that could involve the public and other stakeholders. The Communications and Industry stream provides the opportunity to work on the NIHR’s offer to industry and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and how we improve our communications with entrepreneurs with varying experiences of public research funding.

The External Affairs and UK Vaccine Innovation Pathway stream provides a unique opportunity to influence how NIHR works with a broad variety of partners to improve the health and wealth of the nation and contribute to work improving how vaccines are tested in clinical trials across the UK.

There is an expectation that the Graduate Trainees will be in the office 1 day per week or more to build strong links with our teams and increase visibility in the organisation. The Graduate Trainees in Research Management & Communications and Industry will be based in Twickenham, west London. The Graduate Trainee in External Affairs and UK Vaccine Innovation Pathway will be primarily based in LGC’s office in Victoria, central London though will be expected to be based in Twickenham, west London in the beginning. 

Joining the graduate scheme provides the opportunity for internal collaboration with staff as well as exciting external liaison, with interfaces to UK Government, academia, industry and the clinical community. Occasional travel to other NIHR centres and locations may be required.

What you will do on our scheme:

Each step of the 22-month programme will challenge you and develop your managerial skills. You will have the chance to build your strengths and explore your career aspirations. We enable you to:

  1. Understand how health research studies are awarded funding and monitored
  2. Review an aspect of our work as part of a study in your first six months to deepen your appreciation of our service
  3. Pitch to lead a multi-faceted management project to develop our grant management service
  4. Deliver this 8-month project with tailored mentoring and coaching
  5. Pitch to lead a second management project, potentially in a different area of interest
  6. Deliver this second 8-month project with greater autonomy

For the Communications and Industry and External Affairs and UK Vaccine Innovation Pathway streams, steps 2-6 will be focused on projects and skill development related to the respective streams.

We see the chance to deliver projects as the best way to learn what it takes to be an effective manager. You will be supported throughout, to help you reflect on what you are learning, to develop your talents and plan your career. On completion of the scheme, you’ll be ready to take your career to the next stage, having acquired a comprehensive understanding of research funding management.

Entry requirements:

The ideal candidates will have a curious mind, be innovative in their thinking, have passion to improve and a desire to make an impact on our business.


  • Relevant degree (e.g. biomedical, health or life sciences) (Essential)
  • Transferable skills for scientific/technical office workplace (e.g. project planning, presentation of findings) (Essential)
  • Project management and/or business administration training (e.g. via a course module) (Desirable)
  • Evidence of financial acumen, (e.g. budget forecasting) (Desirable)
  • In addition for the Communications and Industry stream:
    • Evidence of research engagement with medtech//clinical//non-technical audiences e.g. writing news, case studies, features or blogs, talks, podcasts, video or infographics or other online engagement content (Desirable)
  • In addition for the External Affairs and UK Vaccine Innovation Pathway stream:
    • Experience/knowledge of policy development and standard operating procedures (Desirable)

Technical skills

  • Numeracy, grammar and punctuation skills (Essential)
  • Ability to present complex information in a easily comprehensible manner (Essential)
  • Reading and summarising scientific, technical or clinical literature (Desirable)
  • Report writing (Desirable)
  • Information research and analysis (Desirable)
  • Data analysis and presentation (Desirable)
  • Can demonstrate awareness of health research process and ecosystem (Desirable)
  • In addition for the Communications and Industry stream:
    • Proven copywriting and editing experience (Essential)
    • Proven interest in medtech/other life science industry developments (Desirable)
  • In addition for the External Affairs and UK Vaccine Innovation Pathway stream:
    • An understanding of how different individuals and groups need to be consulted, informed and persuaded for change to happen in a complex network (Desirable)
    • Transferable skills e.g. project planning, presentation of findings (Desirable) 

Common essential competencies and behaviours:

  • Innovative - able to find solutions to problems using creativity, reasoning and past experience, coupled with information and resources.
  • Good work ethic - committed, willing to work and learn, punctual.
  • Evidence of taking responsibility for effective delivery either as an employee or as a volunteer.
  • Communicates (two-way) with ease, demonstrates confidence and establishes trust.
  • Conveys information clearly, logically, positively and accurately; both verbally and in writing.
  • Evidence of sensible time management and planning to deliver a good product or service in a timely manner, either as an individual or in a team.
  • Evidence of being able to build rapport and working relationships with a range of individuals.
  • Understands the value of teamwork in terms of combining expertise and capability. Works flexibly in line with different people’s capacities.
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving capabilities.

Application Process

We don’t require specific work experience to join our scheme but do include examples if you have them (paid or unpaid) in your CV when you apply.

Please hold 07 August in your calendar, as this is the provisional date of the assessment and interview day should you be invited to interview.

Salary & Benefits 

  • £31,100 per annum
  • Bonus - subject to company performance
  • 25 days' annual leave, plus public holidays (UK)
  • Enhanced contributory pension scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Benenden Healthcare
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Laptop, IT equipment and remote IT support

This is an office based, home working (hybrid) role with an expectation for all employees to attend our offices a minimum of 4 days a month, 1 day per week, which might increase, subject to team requirements.

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  • Deadline
    June 19th, 2024
  • Starting
    October 2024
  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    £31,100 + benefits
  • Degree required
    All grades
  • Location
    Twickenham (London) (Hybrid)
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Disciplines Accepted...
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
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