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Sample Repository Project Manager (Fixed Term)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Sample Biorepository Project Manager to join the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) BioResource research team. The NIHR BioResource provides a unique and powerful resource, as it consists of a panel of thousands of volunteers with and without health problems, who are willing to be invited to participate in research studies investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease. The NIHR BioResource currently has in excess of 100,000 volunteers and patients with the aim to recruit over 200,000 more within the next five years.

The design of the NIHR 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 and sample storage. Stage 2 involves recalling these enrolled research volunteers according to their genetic make-up (genotype) and/or physical characteristics (phenotype) to participate in research studies.

This position is within the Samples Team. The successful candidate will provide project management support for all processes involving the samples of NIHR BioResource research volunteers, reporting to and working closely with the head of the Samples Team but also with the Recruitment and Informatics Teams to ensure smooth interaction between processes, awareness of timelines across all BioResource projects and compliance with ethics and governance regulations.

A key function will be to act as primary point of contact with the central sample biorepository, The National BioSample Centre, Milton Keynes (NBC). The post holder will provide project management support for the logistics of moving samples from local collections across England to the NBC, as well as liaising with NBC staff to prioritise workflows for ongoing and new Stage 1 and Stage 2 projects. This will involve ensuring NBC management and laboratory staff are aware of all project requirements, timelines and prioritisation of tasks in order to match resource availability with NIHR requirements. The role will also involve resolving day to day issues that arise during sample processing, financial and contractual supervision and the generation of progress reports and presentations.

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Kathy Stirrups, Head of Sample Management Team, who can be contacted at or tel 01223 588054.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

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.

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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is Saturday 23rd June, with interviews likely to take place week commencing Monday 9th July 2018.

Please quote reference RB15685 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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