We are seeking a passionate Research Network Officer to join Autistica. We are the UK’s national autism research charity and we exist to secure a happy, healthy and long life for the 700,000 autistic people in the UK.

In this role, you will support our Head of Research and work with the Science team and work with Autistica's Science and Communications teams to manage the day-to-day administration of the UK’s first national autism research network. The post-holder will support the highest quality UK-based autism research to achieve real-world impact. Activities will be aimed at making participant recruitment more efficient and more rewarding, bringing stakeholder groups together to find common ground and work through differences of perspective to achieve progress and supporting researchers and members of the autistic and wider autism community to be meaningfully involved throughout the research process.

We want to support, fund and shape bigger and better autism research in the UK. We have a vacancy for a Research Network Officer who would be at the heart of the charity's efforts to achieve this vision through world-class scientific programmes.


Contract: 35 hours per week
Location: London with remote working until further notice
Responsible to: Head of Research
Salary: £27,500 per year


Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will be:

  • highly organised,
  • experienced at managing projects with multiple stakeholders,
  • skilled at reconciling a diversity of opinions,
  • passionate about public involvement, and
  • highly motivated to support autism science that is of the highest quality, is sensitive to community interests and is likely to achieve real-world change.

We are especially interested in applications from candidates who are available for an immediate start.

We particularly encourage applications from autistic people, people with other neurodevelopmental conditions and people from any other groups or backgrounds who are currently under-represented within the charity sector.

Application process

Please submit a 2-page CV and a 2-page supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description and person specification.

Deadline: midnight Friday 11th June 2021.

Round 1 interviews: Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June

Round 2 interviews: Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June

The recruitment process

Submit your application

Please submit a 2-page CV outlining your most relevant experience and a 2-page cover letter setting out how your experience relates to each of the essential and desirable criteria in the job description and person specification by Friday 04 June.

Apply here

First-round interviews

A shortlist of candidates will be invited for a first-round interview with Lorcan Kenny (Head of Research), Bethan Davies (Engagement and Events Manager) and Cat Hughes (Research and Communications Manager). The interview will be held via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 17 June or Friday 18 June.

We will inform all applicants about whether they have been shortlisted or not but will, unfortunately, be unable to provide any detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications at this stage.

If you are shortlisted, we will send you the interview questions in advance of your first-round interview to help you prepare and you will be asked if we can make any reasonable adjustments for the interview.

Second-round interviews

We will invite some candidates forward to a second-round interview with James Cusack (CEO) and Lorcan Kenny (Head of Research). The interview will be held via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 24 June or Friday 25 June.

The second-round interview will include completing a brief practical exercise. We will send the practical exercise in advance so you can prepare something to present in the interview.

Location for the post

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic staff are currently all working remotely. Autistica is in the process of identifying a new office space for staff to return to work when it is safe to do so, this office will be in a central London location. When we return to office working staff will continue having the option to work from home several days per week should they choose and depending on requirements to attend meetings or events in person.