Research Assistant (Cambridge)

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Closing Date
28 Jun 2020
£26,715 to £30,942
until 31 December 2021 in the first instance

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Research Assistant to join the clinical research team of Professor Patrick Chinnery in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cambridge University. The role holder will be based at Addenbrooke's Hospital and will work alongside the Research Project Manager and Data Manager to recruit patients to a range of investigative and longitudinal clinical research studies, with a particular focus on mitochondrial diseases, and other neurodegenerative/neuromuscular diseases.

The post holder will be key to the effective running of the group's clinical research studies, acting as a point of contact for patients and healthy volunteers enrolled on the research studies, organising patient visits, supporting participants through investigations (e.g. MRIs, cognitive assessments and muscle biopsies), performing venepuncture for collection of research blood samples, completing basic laboratory processing of human samples, and attending outpatient clinics. The role holder will also be responsible for ensuring that the procedures and treatments agreed within the study protocol are fulfilled according to good clinical practice (GCP). The nature of the studies means that some home visits to complete study assessments/blood sampling may need to be performed, and as such, some flexibility in working hours may be required. In addition, the post-holder will need to work with a range of other teams within the hospital (e.g. Imaging, Clinical Research Facilities), and consequently excellent communications skills are a necessity. As part of the role, the successful candidate will also be expected to assist in maintaining clinical and sample databases, as well as ethical and regulatory documentation.

This is an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of basic and clinical research and would suit a highly motivated, meticulous individual with a personable and flexible approach to assist in facilitating world-class and international research studies, and contribute to improving the treatments and outcomes for neurological disease patients.

The successful candidate will educated to degree level in a health related or biomedical science subject or have equivalent experience. Recent training in Good Clinical Practice, informed consent, blood processing and phlebotomy would be an advantage, in addition to experience of clinical research, but full training will be provided. This is a full time post but candidates seeking part time working would be considered.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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