Administrative Assistant (Rare Diseases) - NIHR BioResource for Translational Research (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
March 16, 2023
Offerd Salary:£24,285-£27,929
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Contract Type:fixed-term initially
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Administrative Assistant (Rare Diseases) - NIHR BioResource for

Translational Research (Fixed Term)

Do you have great administrative and organisational skills? Interested in a role which is contributing to changing lives for the better? Looking for your next challenge?

We are recruiting an Administrative Assistant (Rare Diseases) to support the process of enrolling large national cohorts of healthy volunteers and patients into the NIHR BioResource and their participation in subsequent research studies.

You will need to be well organised and an excellent communicator, as well as being highly competent using Microsoft Office to succeed in this role.

About NIHR BioResource:

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website https: //

About the job:

The Administrative Assistant (Rare Diseases) will work across the Stage 1 (Recruitment) Team and provide administrative support to the process of recruiting volunteers into the NIHR BioResource Rare Disease Cohorts, including liaison with the volunteers themselves to obtain the relevant information such as consent forms, health questionnaires, etc. They will also assist in the processing of paperwork and updating databases relating to participation in research studies.

The role holder will be one of the primary points of contact for research volunteers, responding to all standard queries (via email, telephone or in person) about recruitment and the implications of joining the BioResource.

About you:

Ideally you will:

  • have relevant experience in a clerical/office post ideally acquired through working in Higher Education, the NHS or in a research/medical institution
  • be educated to at least A Level standard, with experience of inputting data accurately
  • be highly competent in using Word, Excel and databases, with good keyboard skills
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail
  • have excellent interpersonal skills to be able to answer questions from research volunteers, ensuring they have the necessary information to make an informed decision to enrol to the BioResource
  • What we offer: The University offers a range of benefits including flexible working, family friendly policies, a generous pension scheme (employer's contribution is 10.8% of pensionable pay) and 36 days' annual holiday (including public holidays). We will assist you in developing your career by providing extensive training and development opportunities.

    This appointment is full-time, 36.5 hours per week (80% FTE will be considered). Work ¿ life balance is important, and we are open to discussion on flexible working, including hybrid working.

    The post is fixed-term initially until 30 November 2024. NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) on a 5-year funding cycle. NIHR announced last year that we will receive new funding over the next 5 years.

    Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

    We encourage informal queries about the job or the application process - please contact Vicky Hills, Research Volunteer Recruitment Manager, [email protected]

    Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2024 in the first instance.

    This appointment requires a Research Passport application.

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

    Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

    The closing date for applications is: 16 March 2023

    The interview date for the role is: 23 March 2023

    Please quote reference RW35445 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

    Further information
  • Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    Department of Public Health and Primary Care, NIHR BioResource Research Group


    £24,285-£27,929 per annum




    Assistant staff


    14 February 2023

    Closing date

    16 March 2023

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