Study Coordinator (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

We seek a study coordinator with an interest in primary care research to join our multi-disciplinary team working on a large-scale research programme on screening for Atrial Fibrillation (AF). Based in the Cardiovascular Group in the Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge, the successful candidate will manage the various studies that form part of this programme, working closely with the Oxford Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit. It provides an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team to develop and deliver a sequence of studies.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart has an irregular beat. AF greatly increases risk of stroke, although available anticoagulant treatments reduce this risk. Screening for AF enables people who are unaware that they have AF to be identified and treated. However, following a review, the UK National Screening Committee concluded there was insufficient information to be sure whether screening would do more good than harm. They highlighted an absence of evidence that people with screen-detected AF would benefit, and called for more work in this field.

The successful candidate will join a major new research programme which aims to find out how screening for AF may best be carried out in primary care; what the impacts are on patients and practice staff; whether it prevents stroke and other problems like heart attacks; and whether it represents good value for money for the NHS. Managing study activities across the programme, the post holder will be responsible for the recruitment of GP practices and patients, and for the successful delivery of the intervention.

They will be key to the successful delivery of this programme of work. It will require relevant experience of study coordination, and the ability to work independently (including prioritisation and time management skills) and as part of an extensive and varied team. This is a diverse and challenging post that requires flexibility, enthusiasm, effective communication skills with collaborators, study participants and health care professionals, and the ability to build and maintain relationships with collaborating teams to ensure the smooth running of the studies. It is a rare and exciting opportunity to be involved with an extensive suite of studies within a research programme from the outset.  The successful candidate will be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or qualified through appropriate research experience.

The appointee will need a Research Passport, which may possibly require a standard or enhanced DBS check. These can be applied for prior to taking up the post.  The use of a car is desirable, as the role will involve travelling independently to sites across the UK, including remote rural locations with limited or no public transport services. Some overnight stays may be required.

The funds for this post are available for 3 years from commencement in post.

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Kate Williams

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

Closing date: 5 June 2018

Interview Date: 21 June 2018

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. 

Please quote reference RH15574 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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