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

We want to support, fund and shape bigger and better autism research in the UK. We have a vacancy for a Research and Partnerships Manager 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: £37,000 per year


Who we are looking for

In this role, you will have the opportunity to support our Head of Research and Science Team in the development of ambitious new long-term goals about how research can help build a better life for autistic people and their families. The postholder will lead on the day-to-day administration of world-class science programmes, including research grants and research partnerships. The successful candidate will be passionate about the administration of robust research governance processes, coordinating complex and multi-stage processes and maintaing detailed accurate records of activity.

The successful candidate will be highly organised, skilled at reconciling a diversity of opinions, detail-oriented and comfortable delivering work to short- and long-term deadlines. This post is suited to a candidate who is highly motivated to support autism science that is of the highest quality, is sensitive and guided by community interests and is likely to achieve real-world change.

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) 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.