Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care, The Primary Care Unit

Optimising Management of Patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction in Primary Care (Optimise-HFpEF)

The Clinical Nursing Research Group (CNRG) is led by Professor Christi Deaton, Florence Nightingale Foundation Professor of Clinical Nursing Research. Currently Professor Deaton is leading a multi-site programme of research with the aim of improving the management of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). 

We are seeking to appoint a research assistant to support work on this research programme. The person selected will be someone with a passion for research relevant to people living with long-term conditions.

The post-holder will collect patient data, conduct 6-minute walk tests, contribute within the team to the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, help conduct nominal groups, contribute to the development of an optimised programme of management, and work with colleagues on scientific papers. As well as colleagues in Cambridge, the post-holder will have the chance to collaborate with leading UK researchers in primary care and cardiovascular conditions. The post-holder will be responsible to the Chief Investigator Professor Christi Deaton, and will work under the guidance of co-investigator, Dr. Ian Wellwood.

The post-holder will be educated to University degree level or equivalent and should have a degree in a relevant health-related subject or relevant experience is recognised, and have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge of health research, relevant research methods and techniques.  Competence in standard IT software packages, e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the ability to manage and prioritise time and workloads are essential. Applicants must be well organised and highly motivated, and have the capacity to work flexibly, responding to research needs and opportunities as they arise in the course of the programme.  Travel, including overnight stays, will be expected intermittently as the research will be conducted in 4 sites: Cambridge (lead), Oxford, Manchester and Keele.  The post holder is expected to have the ability to communicate effectively with staff working at a range of different levels within the University and NHS, and research funding and governance bodies.  Experience with patients with long-term conditions is desirable.

This is a part-time position working 18.5 hours per week (50% FTE) days to be agreed.

The post is for 30 months in the first instance, to begin as early as November 2017.

Department of Public Health and Primary Care Primary Care Unit, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Ian Wellwood:

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

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.

Closing date:  31 October 2017

Interview Date: 8 November 2017

Please quote reference SN13533 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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