Director of Research

Harris Hill
Andover, Hampshire
£70,000 - £85,000 p.a.
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Policy & Research
Disability, Health & Medical
Full Time
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Would you like to help shape our research strategy and help us become the funder we want to be?

A leading charity focused on macular disease, the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, with around 300 people diagnosed every day, is determined to beat the fear and isolation of macular disease with world class research and the best advice and support.

If we are to Beat Macular Disease we need a lot more money, and over the last three years we have transformed our culture and processes to enable us to increase income.

We currently fund £1.5m each year, and with our increased income plans, we aim to invest significantly more.  With these ambitious funding plans we will “make it happen” in a big way – fostering innovation in an underfunded area of research and developing research roadmaps that truly meet the needs of people with macular disease.

We are not alone in this journey, this role will partner closely with AAAMD, an important collaboration of leading sight loss charities identifying new interventions to stop the progression of early AMD.

We are looking for an accomplished leader in the field. Someone who will relish the opportunity to play such a significant role in transforming how we invest in research to find new treatments and cures, and improve quality of life.

This role can truly make a difference. 

Key details:
Director of Research
Salary: £70,000 - £85,000
Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week, part time also considered 
Location: Flexible - home working, office based or hybrid. Our office is in Andover, Hampshire.

This will be a high profile role, operating as a member of our strategic leadership team.  One of our key strategic aims is to find a cure for macular disease – this role will ensure we fund where our support will have the most impact, investing in research until we beat macular disease.

Our head office is in Andover, the role can be home based however we do envisage some travel to attend meetings with stakeholders across the UK, but predominantly in the London region. 

If you would like to receive an Information Pack on how to apply, please send a CV in confidence to Nick Shanks at

For an informal and confidential conversation about the position, please contact Nick at the above address with your contact details, and suitable times to chat.

Closing date for applications:   Sunday 14th August 2022 

Harris Hill operates an equal opportunity policy and commit to treating all of our candidates and jobseekers fairly. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Harris Hill has been providing the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector with high quality recruitment solutions for over 27 years. In the past year we have worked on more than 3,000 charity vacancies (approximately 2,000 permanent and 1,000 temporary) and are continuing to grow, developing new teams to respond to the strong demand for specialist charity professionals.

Our teams focus on specific functions within charities including Fundraising, Marketing/PR/Digital, Data Management & Business Support, Finance, Human Resources, Temporary and Executive-level roles.

We are committed to delivering a level of excellence to both candidates and clients alike and have an unrivalled reputation for finding talented people their ideal charity jobs within the UK's leading national and international charities and non-profit organisations.

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