Research Portfolio Officer

Location (UK): Office Hybrid* - London or Chesterfield
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Salary: £29,500 per annum (London), £27,000 per annum (rest of UK) Pending pay review
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Travel: Some travel may be required
Closing date: 23:59 hours, Thursday 8 June 2023

Download the Job description and person specification for the Research Portfolio Officer Role (Word, 46.2 KB).

Through our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.

Versus Arthritis is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. During the recruitment process Versus Arthritis will undertake safer recruitment practices and relevant checks to ensure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.


This is an exciting opportunity for someone with research experience to work within a team of experts in research strategy development, research delivery and research policy, to communicate the outputs of our research funding to diverse stakeholders across the charity.

About the role

You will work within a dynamic and friendly team to help support our Research Programme Managers to develop and manage the Versus Arthritis research portfolio. This will include collating and monitoring data from diverse sources to help provide oversight of our funded research. You will also work closely with other colleagues to translate our research outputs into a format that is clear and impactful to help teams across the charity achieve their strategic objectives.

You will work across a diverse range of projects and will liaise with a wide range of teams from across the charity to help us to tell the story of our research investment.

Key requirements

  • A degree or equivalent level of experience in scientific, medical or research related domains via the charity, commercial, health, higher education or publishing sectors.
  • Comfortable in working with research related metrics and data, with some experience of understanding and preparing medical/scientific information for non-specialist audiences.
  • High quality verbal and written communication skills including being able to communicate complex information and requirements to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • A flexible and collaborative approach; able to work closely and adaptively with immediate team and collaboratively across the organisation.
  • Good information technology skills, including effective database/PubMed/internet search techniques and significant experience of using Microsoft Office packages.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines independently, including rapid turnaround requests.

*As a hybrid worker the expectation is that you will spend around 40% of your working time in our office spaces or working in community settings. As an inclusive employer we will consider home-based working for anyone where office-based hybrid working would be a barrier to being able to work for us, for example for someone living with a long-term health condition or disability.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise up-to-date CV
  2. a completed application form (Word, 42 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the Download the Job description and person specification for the Research Portfolio Officer Role (Word, 46.2 KB).  All sections must be completed.

Email both documents as Word or PDF attachments by 23:59 hours, Thursday 8 June 2023 to If you have a health condition that prevents you from following the steps above, please email us regarding alternative ways to apply. 

Application deadline and shortlisting

  • We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of the advertised date.  
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


Date to be confirmed and will be held via Microsoft Teams.

We do not wish to receive contact from agencies or media sales. 

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

Read more about working for us.

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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.