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Scientific Study Coordinator (CAPABLE Study) - Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant - £25,728 - £29,799

Research Associate - £31,604 - £38,833

The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU), part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC), has been awarded £8M by Research Council UK (RCUK) to conduct a programme of research in Bangladesh: CAPABLE. CAPABLE aims to develop scalable and effective health interventions that can control exposure to major environmental and lifestyle risk factors of non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income countries. This program over next 4 years will create a 100,000-person cohort study as a vehicle for scientific innovation and capacity development in Bangladesh.

For CAPABLE, we are seeking an experienced Scientific Study Coordinator to apply their skills to coordinating the portfolio of cohort studies recruiting participants in Bangladesh as part of the CAPABLE programme. The coordinating hub for the CAPABLE programme will primarily be based in Cambridge (with short-term coordinating travel opportunities internationally every year) and this position will be a key appointment in the development of the hub, working closely with the Scientific Director and the Research Coordinator (also being recruited).

This position offers an excellent opportunity for a dynamic individual to contribute into both scientific, and operational aspects of a major global health programme. The post-holder, therefore, should have scientific background, a broad interest in global health and experience of study coordination, ideally in an international setting.

The post holder will contribute to all major aspects of CAPABLE, including: (i) the design and implementation of study protocols; (ii) the preparation and submission of documents for ethical review; (iii) oversight of the recruitment of participants; (iv) ensuring that data and samples are collected and distributed correctly and; (v) contributing to the drafting of reports (scientific, administrative and financial) to funding bodies. Close collaboration between the post-holder and a broad range of colleagues in Bangladesh and the UK will be critical to the success of CAPABLE.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Operational coordination: These will include coordinating the local field team in i) recruitment of participants ii) the collection, transport and storage of samples iii) sample analysis iv) data collection and transfer v) monitoring budgets and vi) monitoring study milestones and deadlines.
  • Scientific documents preparation: These will include scientific protocols, ethics reports, reports to funding bodies and correspondence with collaborators.
  • International travel: Help organise (and participate) in relevant international and UK meetings as well as the relevant seminar series.
  • Any other tasks arising on a day-to-day basis that are necessary to ensure the smooth-running of projects.

Education: Educated to degree level with a BSc in a relevant scientific field (e.g. biological or medical science) and a PhD or have relevant equivalent experience.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded or submitted appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree and/or Master's in a relevant area or equivalent experience.

Experience and Skills: The role will require relevant experience in scientific study coordination and the ability to work independently as well as part of a large team including principal investigators and senior managers, project managers, data managers, administrators and statisticians.

The funds are available until 31st October 2020

Location: Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN

Informal enquiries can be made to Richard Houghton

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Closing date: 27th February 2018

Interview Date: Week commencing 5th March 2018

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