Research Nurse (Fixed Term)
We are seeking a research nurse who wishes to gain experience in a key
clinical research role in the field of diabetes and obesity in pregnancy. We
are running several studies related to gestational diabetes and metabolism in
The main role of the post-holder will be to co-ordinate and support the
implementation the DiGest randomised controlled trial. DiGest is a dietary
intervention in women with gestational diabetes, and assesses if a reduced
calorie diet can improve the health of mothers and babies. The post-holder may
also provide some support for the DiGest Follow-up study, which will assess if
the dietary intervention can improve maternal weight and glucose
concentrations postpartum, and reduce the rate of childhood adiposity. This is
an important and rapidly-developing field. The DiGest trial is funded by
Diabetes UK. The DiGest Follow-Up study is funded by the European Foundation
for the Study of Diabetes.
You will be based at the Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's
Hospital, Cambridge, where you will join Dr Claire Meek's research team. This
is a small and friendly team which includes a research nurse, a research
midwife, postdoctoral scientist and research assistant. Diabetes in pregnancy
research is a developing field within the Institute of Metabolic Science and
is supported by excellent clinical and academic links with the Wolfson
Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology, the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the
Departments of Obstetrics and Paediatrics.
The ideal candidate should be educated to degree level or equivalent and be an
NMC registered nurse or midwife with patient-facing clinical research
experience in the field of midwifery, obstetrics, paediatrics or diabetes.
Experience in multicentre clinical trials or observational studies within a
related field would be a distinct advantage. You will be responsible for the
recruitment of participants, study diary management, the accurate recording,
extraction, checking and entry of clinical data onto bespoke databases, and
will contribute to the co-ordination and monitoring of a number of other
research studies. You will require a high degree of attention to detail and
excellent communication skills with a range of stakeholders. This study will
include home visits with participants and will therefore require some regular
travel throughout the region. The role-holder will be responsible for managing
their own timetable and will therefore require strong organisational skills
and be able to work independently. Experience of adult and infant
anthropometry would be highly desirable.
In addition to the clinical research role, the postholder will have
responsibility for the day-to-day management of other staff members. This
includes line manager responsibilities and contributing to plans for staff
deployment, managing cover for other studies during annual leave, contributing
to a positive working environment, promoting staff development opportunities
and maximising the smooth running of the team.
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 Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with
children and adults' barred lists). This appointment also requires NMC
Registration and a Research Passport application.
We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-
time working or other flexible working arrangements.
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system (if you have not already) and apply online.
Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section
of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match
the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you
upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be
able to consider these as part of your application.
Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone
number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.
Closing Date: 4th July 2021
Interview Date: 14th July 2021
Please quote reference RG26966 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 Clinical Biochemistry
10 June 2021
4 July 2021