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Administration Assistant (Part Time)

The MRC Epidemiology Unit, a department within the Clinical School, University of Cambridge, studies the genetic and environmental determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders.

We are looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic person to join our Business Team as Administration Assistant, to cover Reception on Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Friday. Reporting to the Reception and Facilities Supervisor, the role holder will provide an efficient, effective and professional reception service to the MRC Epidemiology Unit's volunteer testing and office areas. This includes welcoming and directing visitors and volunteers to the MRC Epidemiology Unit, maintaining telephone cover and dealing with as many general enquiries as possible.

Further responsibilities include sorting and distributing mail, making room and conference bookings and ordering stationery. The role holder will also provide support to the Unit's Business Team in the areas of Finance, Human Resources and Facilities, as well as the wider Unit with the ability to take on new tasks as and when required. You will have proven communication skills both oral and written and the ability to multi-task whilst maintaining a high degree of accuracy. You will be highly organised and proficient in using the internet and MS Outlook, Word and Excel.

This role is part of a job-share with two other members of the team and it would be advantageous for the role holder to have a flexible approach to covering shifts for their job-share partners during periods of absence.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11th August 2021. Interviews will likely be held on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th August 2021.

For informal enquiries please contact Deborah Gardner-Wood, Reception and Facilities Supervisor (

This role may be eligible to receive the Cambridge Living Wage (CLW) supplement in order to ensure the base salary is equivalent to at least £10 per hour. Further information on this can be seen on the Living Wage webpage (

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

Please quote reference SJ27467 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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