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Below are our current paid vacancies. For more infomation on volunteer roles please click here. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please remember to visit this page regularly as we’re entering an exciting period with new positions likely to appear!

Head of Services (Cancer and Cancer Prevention) (Two roles)

Location: Harrogate with frequent travel across Yorkshire

Salary: Region of £50,000 p.a. (depending on experience) plus benefits.

Both roles are permanent although we will consider a temporary appointment for a minimum of 6 months for the right candidate.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is one of the most exciting and innovative charities in the UK. The charity is a leading funder of cancer research in the region and has a track record of supporting ground-breaking projects and clinical trials to help prevent cancer and increase survival.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is entering a very exciting period in its development. The charity has been connected with the people of Yorkshire for over 90 years during which time it has established a sound financial base. Following our commitment in 2015 to invest at least £100m in cancer research and service by 2025 our cancer and cancer-prevention services work has already led to the creation of several pilot and larger scale programmes and we now require talented and motived people to expand and develop this vital work further.

We are looking for two exceptional individuals to develop, deliver and manage a portfolio of evidence-based cancer and cancer-prevention services.   The post holders will be vital in ensuring the charity meets its ambitious KPI targets that will lead to achieving our goal of saving an extra 2,000 lives a year in Yorkshire by 2025.

These are exciting, and continually developing, roles for the charity working in partnership with local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, community and voluntary organisations and most importantly with patients and service users.

The post holders will each take responsibility for a section of our cancer and cancer prevention portfolio. The specific part of the portfolio assigned to each post will be based on the post holder’s expertise and experience.

The full cancer and cancer-prevention portfolio aims to:

  • Improve early diagnosis of cancer to improve survival through increasing uptake in national screening programmes and increasing awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer across Yorkshire. Our aim is to have 60,000 more people taking part in the national screening programmes by 2025.
  • Improve early diagnosis of lung cancer to improve survival through development and expansion of Lung Health Checks across Yorkshire using learning derived from the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial (a clinical trial by Yorkshire Cancer Research). We are aiming to achieve over 130,000 lung CT scans by 2025.
  • Reduce the risk of cancer recurrence through physical activity following an initial diagnosis of cancer. We are aiming for 45,000 people to have taken part in our dedicated programmes by 2025.
  • Reduce the incidence of cancer in Yorkshire primarily through smoking cessation programmes focusing on people who are already interacting with the health system We are aiming to achieve at least 6,000 one-year quits by 2025.
  • If you can bring the skills and experience we are looking for and, importantly, share our vision and our values, we look forward to hearing from you.

If you have an enquiry about the role please contact Dr Stuart Griffiths, Director of Research and Services,

Application info

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 19th June 2020 and first stage video interviews will be held soon after. To apply please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to Dr Stuart Griffiths, Director of Research and Services, before the deadline.


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Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS)

We are a provider of the PIPS scheme and welcome applications from PhD students who require a placement with us. A PIPS placement with Yorkshire Cancer Research enables PhD students to work for the UK’s largest regional medical research charity and gain an insight into the challenges and procedures that it faces.

Whether your interest lies within science administration, funding or communication we would love to hear from you. For further information please email

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