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Clinical Research Study Assistant (Fixed Term)


The MRC Epidemiology Unit is looking for an experienced Phlebotomist to join their team as a Clinical Research Study Assistant.

The post holder will play an important role in supporting the Unit's research into obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary Field Team they will carry out clinical, anthropometric and body composition measurements on participants taking part in the Fenland 3 study, as well as processing laboratory samples. A key aspect of the role is the collection of venous blood samples, so previous experience in this skill is essential. Training will be given in all other measurement and laboratory techniques.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine and is situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and develop strategies for their prevention. The Unit benefits from a number of large-scale, cross programme epidemiological studies with detailed datasets allowing a wide range of research from genetics to public health. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

The successful candidates will have GCSEs in Maths and English, and be educated to A-Level standard. Applicants will have previous experience of performing venepuncture in either a clinical or research setting. Ideally, they would also have experience in one or more of the following areas: Blood pressure and ECG recording, anthropometric measurements (height, weight, waist and hip); DEXA scanning or ultrasound techniques. They will be a confident IT user with excellent communication skills particularly when working with members of the public.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with internationally leading researchers in a key supporting role

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2025 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults' barred lists).

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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.

The closing date for applications is: 21st July 2024

The interview date for the role is: To be confirmed

Please quote reference SJ42263 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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