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Research Assistant/Administrator - Part-time (50% FTE)

The purpose of the role is to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in research, as a member of the Primary Care Unit under the direction of Dr Fiona Walter who leads the Cancer research group.

This post contributes to the administrative and research core of CanTest, a five-year international collaboration for capacity building, education and research, funded by Cancer Research UK. The CanTest Collaborative is co-led between Cambridge (Dr Fiona Walter) and Exeter (Prof Willie Hamilton), and includes two other UK institutions, Leeds and UCL, and four international partners in Seattle, Houston (both USA), Aarhus (Denmark) and Melbourne (Australia). Your role will be to undertake administrative and research tasks required to support the work of the CanTest senior management/ academics, and support the CanTest Manager in the project management of CanTest. You will also provide Personal Assistant services for the Principal Researcher in Primary Care Cancer research, Dr Fiona Walter, and support other ongoing research including the MelaTools programme, focusing on the development of GP and patient interventions to improve early diagnosis of melanoma in primary care. Our research programmes are applied and multidisciplinary, and we use a range of approaches, including systematic reviews, qualitative and mixed methods, and evaluation studies of behavioural, organisational and policy interventions.

The post holder will be educated to University degree level or equivalent and should have a first degree in a relevant discipline or relevant experience and have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge of health research in an international setting, and of relevant research methods and techniques. Competence in standard IT software packages, e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the ability to manage and prioritise time and workloads are essential. The post holder is expected to use his/her own experience and discretion to address and react to the many and varying tasks of the job to ensure that they are completed satisfactorily and on time and have the ability to communicate effectively with staff working at a range of different levels within the University, research funding and governance bodies and the National Health Service and work flexibly. The role holder will have some previous experience of working in a health research environment. Experience of maintaining office systems and following office procedures is desirable.

This is a part-time position working 18.5 hours per week (50% FTE) and the funding supporting the post ends 1 year from commencement in the first instance.

Location: Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be made to Katherine Stalham ¿

Closing date: 30 June 2017

Interview Date: 10 July 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. 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 quote reference SN12434 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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