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Research Nurse, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited to join a dynamic internationally leading research team working to understand why some people gain weight more easily than others. Over the last 15 years, we have discovered a number of genes which contribute to the development of obesity and in some cases have been able to treat patients as a direct result of this research.

We are now embarking upon a clinical trial using a drug that targets the pathway that is most commonly affected in severe obesity and are looking to expand our team as a result. The long term aim of our research is to find new genes and pathways that can be targeted to develop effective weight loss treatments. You can find out more about our research at our website

The post will suit a person who is highly motivated and wants to help people by contributing to scientific and clinical discoveries. The post covers a range of responsibilities which include direct involvement in clinical research studies/trials to include recruitment of participants, obtaining informed consent, taking blood samples, performing specialist tests such as metabolic rate measurements, and assisting with MRI studies. These studies will take place on the new purpose-built Metabolic Translational Research Facility (TRF) in the Cambridge Centre for Clinical Research on the Addenbrooke's Hospital site.

Other duties include the extraction, entry and monitoring of clinical data and the use of bespoke databases as well as liaison with hospital staff, GPs and patients to obtain clinical information to enable the longitudinal follow up of patients.

This post would suit nurses with a minimum of 2 years clinical experience post qualification and experience in clinical research, ideally in trials. You will require a high degree of attention to detail, excellent communication and organisational skills and be able to work independently. Adult, Paediatric and dual trained nurses are encouraged to apply.

This is a full time post funded by the Botnar Fondation and the Wellcome Trust.

Proposed start date: as soon as possible

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months 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) and a health assessment. This appointment also requires NMC Registration and a Research Passport application.

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 Naomi Clark, Metabolic Research Laboratories, Level 4, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Box 289 Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ. Email:

Please quote reference RG13047 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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