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Administrative Assistant (Fixed Term)

The NIHR BioResource for Translational Research provides the major nationally-accessible resource of over 100,000 volunteers from the general population and patients with common and rare diseases, all of whom are willing to participate in and support medical and experimental research studies. Volunteers will have consented to be recalled according to their genotype and/or phenotype to participate in academic and industry-led experimental medicine and clinical research studies. NIHR BioResource aims to provide a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and investigate the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, and will add another 200,000 volunteers by the end of March 2022. Further details on the NIHR BioResource can be found on our website,

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 (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.

As an Administrative Assistant in the Stage 1 team, the role holder will provide administrative support to the process of enrolling volunteers and patients into the NIHR BioResource, including liaison with the volunteers themselves to obtain the relevant information such as consent forms, health questionnaires etc., and liaison with local BioResource centres and other recruiting centres to ensure they have the information they require for any enrolment of volunteers and the collection of volunteers data.

The role holder will be one of the primary points of contact for all nationwide research volunteers enrolling into the NIHR 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 NIHR National BioResource Manager, 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 with GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualifications) or have equivalent experience 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.

In the first instance the funding is available until 31 December 2019

The post holder will be based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Coton House, CB2 0QQ (approx 2 miles south of city centre) (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Paul Roberts, the National BioResource Manager, who can be contacted at or tel 01223 748061.

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 - 19 December 2018

Interview Date - 21 December 2018

Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

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 RW17606 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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