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Senior Study Coordinator, Children's BioResource (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for this exciting and challenging position to lead on the setup and running of the Children and Young People's BioResource for NIHR BioResource for Translational Research ("NIHR BioResource").

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.

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

The purpose of the role is to facilitate, help to plan and co-ordinate the creation of a new general population cohort of children and adolescents via schools, BioResource Centres, NHS Trusts, and potentially GP surgeries, or other mechanisms. Main responsibilities will include engagement and recruitment, collection of samples and phenotyping information, as well as communication and coordination with participating schools, parents/guardians and young people, and other stakeholders.

Candidates should have experience that is relevant to the post, including proven success in coordinating or managing research studies and/or clinical trials and ideally be educated to degree level in a relevant subject. This role will involve visiting schools to support recruitment and so the candidate should be a confident and effective communicator, comfortable explaining scientific information to a range of audiences, including parent groups and children and young people. Ideally candidates will have experience of working with schools and young people. Excellent organisational skills will be required, as well as the ability to liaise across a number of stakeholders. A track record of successful working of in a complex environment are essential.

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

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week.

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 August 2022 in the first instance. 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). Work - life balance is important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are open to discussion on flexible working, including an element of home working. The post holder will be expected to travel to participating schools etc. to ensure the smooth enrolment of participants.

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Anna Moore at or Nathalie Kingston at or call 01223 748000.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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

Closing Date: 8th February 2021

Interview Date: Week commencing 22nd February 2021

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

Please quote reference RW25224 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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