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Operations Lead (Research) (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for this exciting and challenging position to lead on the operational activities of the NIHR BioResource for Translational Research ("NIHR BioResource"), managing the teams responsible for the recruitment of volunteers to the BioResource, the recall of volunteers for participation in research studies, and the governance & ethics.

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:

With direct line management of the team managers, and overall responsibility for around 40 people, the Operations Lead will ensure recruitment targets are met and recall studies run smoothly and with appropriate ethics and governance, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, local BioResource Centre managers and the general public.

Candidates should have experience that is relevant to the post, including proven success of recruitment to, and running of, research studies and/or clinical trials and ideally be educated to degree level in a relevant subject. Excellent organisational and communication skills across a range of stakeholders and a track record of successful leadership and line management of multiple teams in a complex environment are essential. See the Further Particulars 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 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). Work - life balance is important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are open to discussion on candidate location, including an element of home working.

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Nathalie Kingston, NIHR BioResource Director, or on 01223 748000.

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

Closing date: 27th October 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 RW23264 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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