Research Nurse (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

July 4, 2021


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 pregnancy.

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 instance.

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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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.

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    Department of Clinical Biochemistry








    10 June 2021

    Closing date

    4 July 2021

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