Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair

A full time Research Assistant position is available for 1 year to work with Professor Roger Barker at the John Van Geest Centre for Brain Repair researching Huntington's disease. The Barker group is looking to better define the cognitive and motor abnormalities in this condition and their relationship to disease onset and progression to help inform future clinical trials. The group is moving towards translating new treatment approaches perfected in the lab into the clinic setting.

This post will involve working on existing academic studies and where appropriate helping set up new projects including obtaining full ethical approval. The successful applicant ideally should have previous experience of clinical research (preferably including previous experience testing patients with a neurodegenerative disease), a good knowledge of GCP and the ethical review system. They should have a good understanding of the process of carrying out research, from design to implementation. 

The post holder will work within a close clinical team of research assistants, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and clinicians on on-going clinical research projects within the lab group. Professor Roger Barker will be the supervisor and line manager and office accommodation will be located at the John Van Geest Centre for Brain Repair on the Forvie Site, Addenbrookes. On occasion it may be necessary for the post holder to assess patients in their own home; therefore having access to a car would be advantageous.

Because of the dynamic nature of the work undertaken in the Barker group the nature and balance of duties will vary over the course of the post and it is essential that the post holder is extremely flexible and can adapt to the needs of the post and other tasks that become relevant as required.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

This appointment requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 13th December 2016

Interviews are likely to take place week commencing Monday 19th December 2016 with second stage to follow.

Please quote reference XB10517 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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