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Research Nurse (Fixed Term)

The NIHR BioResource for Translational Research ("NIHR BioResource") is recruiting a Research Nurse to expand our clinical team. The main aspects of the role includes the recruitment of volunteers to the NIHR BioResource Research Tissue Bank and the NIHR BioResource for Rare Diseases. Research Nurses within the team are also responsible for leading a variety of local and national recall studies interested in studying the links between genes, health, disease and the environment. The role incorporates working closely with the NIHR BioResource teams, collaborating with Principle Investigators and Researchers in the setup, co-ordination and completion of research studies, undertaking volunteer appointments, obtaining informed consent and the collection of a variety of research samples.

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

We have over 150,000 consented volunteers, from the general population and patients with common and rare diseases, who are willing to be recalled according to their genotype and/or phenotype to participate in academic and industry-led experimental medicine and clinical research studies.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website:

Applicants must hold a current registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and have significant post registration experience. Applications from both Adult (RN1, RNA, RN7) and Registered Child Nurses (RN8, RNC) will be considered. The ability to demonstrate competency in venepuncture and previous experience of research studies/clinical trials is highly desirable.

Excellent communication and organisation skills are required as the successful applicant will be expected to liaise with volunteers and collaborate with healthcare professionals and research teams across the Addenbrooke's Hospital site and beyond. Applicants should have experience of autonomously managing their workload and a willingness to work well as part of a team. Having an adaptable and flexible approach to working hours and duties is essential as the requirements of this position are varied. This role involves travel to sites which may not be accessible via public transport.

This role requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. The nature of this role means that the successful candidate will also need to undergo a health assessment. Any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon the satisfactory completion of these checks, whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

This appointment requires an Honorary Research Contract. This is an integrated appointment between the University and the relevant NHS Trust/Body ("NHS Trust"). You will therefore also be issued with an Honorary Research Contract by the NHS Trust. You should be aware that if your contract with the NHS Trust is terminated your employment with the University will be terminated, and vice versa.

See the Further Particulars link below for full details and Person Specification.

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week, but requests for part-time may be considered.

NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a 5 year funding cycle. The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance. Due to the impact of COVID-19, an interim extension to this current funding may be granted. A further 5 years of NIHR funding will be dependent on our successful application for renewal.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Barbara Graves, Senior Research Nurse, on 01223 761396 or at

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing Date: 5th November 2020

Interview Date: Week commencing 16th November 2020

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 RW24336 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.

Further information

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