Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

December 22, 2021


Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Assistant to join the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. The post-holder will be working on the Psychosis Immune Mechanism Stratified Medicine (PIMS) Trial, a randomised controlled trial of a novel anti-inflammatory drug for patients with first episode psychosis recruited from the NHS. The study is funded by the MRC, and the post-holder will be line managed by Professor John Suckling, lead for PIMS study in Cambridge.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for day to day running of the PIMS trial including participant recruitment and data collection. Specific activities include, for example, participant screening, running testing sessions, acquisition of questionnaire and computerised clinical and cognitive data, and organising brain scans and biological sample collection. In addition, they will be responsible for managing online databases, maintaining project log, help with maintaining and updating project approvals, procurement of study materials and managing stock. The role will also involve liaising and co-ordinating activities with research and clinical staff in Cambridge and other sites, for example, with lab and courier company for sample transfer, processing and storage; with clinic facility, neuroimaging facility, pharmacy, radiology and participants to arrange and complete research activities in a timely fashion (see Role Summary and Key Responsibilities in Job Description). The work will be based primarily at Addenbrooke's Hospital site in Cambridge, but will also involve travel to other locations.

The successful applicant will be educated to degree level in Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry or a related discipline. Previous experience of working with adults with mental illness and recruiting participants for research studies would be an advantage. It is essential that the post-holder will have strong planning, organizational and interpersonal skills; rigorous attention to detail, excellent time management skills; and the ability to work independently. Proven ability to communicate effectively with senior professionals and a wide variety of people, including people with mental illness, team members, and collaborators is also essential (see Person Specification in Job Description).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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    Department of Psychiatry








    22 November 2021

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    22 December 2021

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