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
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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number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.
Please quote reference RN29135 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.
Department of Psychiatry
22 November 2021
22 December 2021