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Research Assistant/Associate - Trial Manager (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant - £25,728 - £30,688

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

We seek an experienced and dynamic trial manager with an interest in primary care research to join our multi-disciplinary team working on a large-scale research programme on screening for Atrial Fibrillation (AF). Based in the Cardiovascular Group in the Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge, the successful candidate will manage the various studies that form part of this programme, working closely with the Oxford Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit. It provides an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team to develop and deliver a sequence of studies.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart has an irregular beat. AF greatly increases risk of stroke, although available anticoagulant treatments reduce this risk. Screening for AF enables people who are unaware that they have AF to be identified and treated. However, following a review, the UK National Screening Committee concluded there was insufficient information to be sure whether screening would do more good than harm. They highlighted an absence of evidence that people with screen-detected AF would benefit, and called for more work in this field.

The successful candidate will join a major new research programme which aims to find out how screening for AF may best be carried out in primary care; what the impacts are on patients and practice staff; whether it prevents stroke and other problems like heart attacks; and whether it represents good value for money for the NHS. Managing study activities across the programme, the post holder will be responsible for the recruitment of GP practices and patients, and for the successful delivery of the intervention.

They will be key to the successful delivery of this programme of work. It will require relevant experience of trial management, and the ability to work independently (including constant re-prioritisation of workload and time management skills) and as part of an extensive and varied team. This is a diverse and challenging post that requires flexibility, enthusiasm, effective communication skills with collaborators, study participants and health care professionals, and the ability to build and maintain relationships with collaborating teams to ensure the smooth running of the studies. It is a rare and exciting opportunity to be involved with an extensive suite of studies within a research programme from the outset. The post-holder will be educated to PhD level (or equivalent qualifications) in a field related to health research or equivalent experience (e.g. extensive experience of research management/study co-ordination).

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 (degree and/or Master's) in a relevant area or equivalent experience.

The funds for this post are available for 3 years from commencement in post.

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

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Kate Williams

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.

Closing date: 4 April 2018

Interview Date: 17 April 2018

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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SN15012 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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