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Administrative Assistant - Volunteer Recruitment (Fixed Term)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Administrative Assistant 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 Enrolment team and involves providing administrative support to the process of recruiting volunteers and patients onto the volunteer panel, including liaison with the volunteers themselves to obtain the relevant information such as consent forms, health questionnaires etc. The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the process of enrolling healthy volunteers and patients into the NIHR BioResource, reporting to and working closely with the Senior Study Coordinator.

The role holder will be one of the primary points of contact for all 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 Senior Study Coordinator, ensuring that all data is recorded accurately and processed in line with data protection regulations.

The role holder will be educated to at least A Level standard with GCSE Mathematics and English or hold equivalent qualifications or have equivalent practical experience. Be highly competent in the following: word processing, excel spreadsheets and databases and be familiar with email packages such as Outlook along with excellent written and verbal communication skills. They will have relevant 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.

The post-holder will be based at Coton House, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

For informal queries about the vacancy, please contact Jaimie Taylor, Cambridge BioResource Manager, who can be contacted at or tel 01223 748421.

The funds for this post are available until 31st March 2022.

The position is full time and we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working of no less than 80% FTE.

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Closing date: 29th September 2019

Interview Date: 11th October (am) 2019

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 RW20605 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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