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Administrative Assistant - Volunteer Recruitment (Maternity Cover)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Administrative Assistant to join the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge BioResource research team. The NIHR Cambridge BioResource (CBR) is an established local panel of over 18,000 volunteers and patients who have provided clinical information and samples that allow them to be recalled by genotype and/or phenotype for a range of research studies, including experimental medicine studies and early phase clinical trials. CBR is part of the NIHR BioResource, a national initiative with over 100,000 volunteers recruited nationally to date. The NIHR BioResource provides a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for characterising the benefits and limitations of emerging therapies, aiming towards future research that incorporates disease mechanistic knowledge and studies and that are personalising therapies based on stratifying patients/individuals at risk of disease by disease-associated phenotypes.

The design of the NIHR Cambridge BioResource is based on two stages. Stage 1 encompasses the enrolment of research volunteers (both healthy volunteers and patients) onto the volunteer panel to include collection and storage of contact information, personal details, including lifestyle and health information and collection of biological samples (DNA, serum, plasma) and sample storage. Stage 2 involves recalling these enrolled research volunteers according to their genotype and/or phenotype to participate in research studies. Further details on these research studies are available on the NIHR Cambridge BioResource website

As an Administrative Assistant in the Stage 1 team, the role holder will provide administrative support to the process of enrolling volunteers and patients onto the volunteer panel, including liaison with the volunteers themselves to obtain the relevant information such as consent forms, health questionnaires etc.

The role holder will be one of the primary points of contact for all research volunteers enrolling into the NIHR Cambridge BioResource. This involves responding to all standard queries (via email, telephone or in person) about the process and the implications of joining the BioResource. The role holder will work closely with the Senior Study Coordinator, ensuring that all data is recorded accurately and processed in line with data protection regulations.

Candidates should be educated to at least A Level standard (or with equivalent experience) with GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English and be highly competent in Word processing, Excel spreadsheets and databases. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are essential. It is expected that candidate will have previous experience in a clerical/office post in a research setting, ideally acquired through working in Higher Education, the NHS or in a research/medical institution and be able to deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information.

This appointment is full-time/36.5 hours per week.

This position is to cover maternity leave for a maximum of 1 year or the return of the post-holder, whichever is the earliest.

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.

Location - Coton House, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Jaimie Taylor, NBR Cambridge Manager at or tel 01223 748421.

Closing Date: 30th July 2017

Interview Date: Week commencing 14th August 2017

Please quote reference RH12701 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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