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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Assistant to join the Inflammation and Psychiatry Research (InPsych) Group led by Dr Golam Khandaker at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge. The InPsych Group investigates role of immune system in depression and other mental disorders and includes postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, PhD students, research fellows and visitors. The post-holder will be working on the Insight study, a double-blind randomised controlled trial of a novel anti-inflammatory drug for depression, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The current post arises from a BMA Foundation J Moulton Grant intended to expand recruitment activities for the Insight study. Further information on the Insight study can be found in Job Description and here:

The main role of the post-holder will include recruitment of participants with depression and data collection alongside another research assistant already in post. Together, they will be responsible for day-to-day project administration, participant recruitment from NHS mental health/ primary care services and the community, blood sample collection, managing data transfers, updating project logs, maintaining ethics approvals, maintaining and updating databases, managing consumables stock, and reporting to chief investigator. The role will involve liaising and co-ordinating activities with research and clinical staff at different sites; with lab and courier company for sample transfer, processing and storage; with clinic facility, pharmacy, radiology and participants to arrange and complete research assessments in a timely fashion. The post-holder will be also involved in recruitment campaign (see Role Summary and Key Responsibilities in Job Description).

The successful applicant will be educated to first degree level in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related life science subject. Previous experience of working with adults with mental illness and recruiting participants for research studies would be an advantage. It is essential that the post-holder will have demonstrable planning, organizational and interpersonal skills; attention to detail, time management skills; and the ability to work independently. Proven ability to communicate effectively with senior professionals and a wide variety of people, including people with depression, team members, and collaborators is also essential (see Person Specification in Job Description).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Golam Khandaker (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 13 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 adults' barred list). This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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The closing date is 9 September 2019, with interviews expected to take place 30 September 2019.

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.

Please quote reference RN20304 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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