About the CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme

The CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to enhance the quality and availability of advanced training in neuroscience techniques. Since 2015, The Cajal Programme has trained more than 1000 scientists in a wide range of neuroscience techniques, from experimental methods (e.g imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics) to computational tools (e.g. modelling tools, analysis of large datasets, artificial intelligence and machine learning methods).

By offering scholarships, childcare, and other financial support, the Cajal Programme has been able to attract international renowned scientists as course faculty and to invite students from all over the world to attend its courses.

The position of Fundraising Manager

The Cajal Programme is now looking for a creative and resourceful Fundraising Manager who can help to further expand training activities, foster equity and diversity within the course faculty and participants, and make a real difference to training the next generation of neuroscientists worldwide.


The role is an outward-facing relationship role with the clear objective of increasing income through identifying and acquiring high-net-worth donors, sponsors, and foundations.

As Fundraising manager, you will work closely with the central administration and the Steering Committee in the development of compelling proposals and in the identification and stewardship of new sponsors and partners. You’ll use your expertise to steward, strengthen, and grow relationships with the existing portfolio as well as cultivating new relationships with potential donors.

If you are a successful fundraiser with a proven track-record looking to take on a new challenge as well as contribute to the advancement of science and medicine to change the health future of our communities, then this is the role for you!

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate & secure major donor prospects, trusts & foundations & donor networks.

  • Develop donor communication plans & progress reports.

Skills & Attributes

  • Demonstrated success in a professional relationship fundraising role.

  • Ability to build & sustain strong relationships with high-net-worth individuals.

  • A creative thinker who can be resourceful in your approach.

  • Passionate about the importance of medical research.

  • Excellent influencing skills.

  • Outstanding written & verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to self-manage, prioritise multiple deadlines & work independently.


– 20 hours per week, between Monday and Friday (equivalent of 2.5 days per week)

– Fixed term contract (6 months in the first instance)

– Hybrid working

– Strategic & creative relationship role

The Cajal Programme is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability or age.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Application process

Please send your cover letter, CV, and one recommendation letter in one PDF file as attachment by email to the attention of Dr Elena Dreosti, Executive Director, to info@cajal-training.org, and indicate ‘Cajal Fundraising Manager application’ in the subject line. The cover letter should discuss how the candidate fulfils the responsibilities and meets the qualifications of the position as well as outlining their motivation for seeking the position.

Applications will be reviewed on regular basis. For a confidential discussion, you can email info@cajal-training.org