The KCL Department of Women & Children’s Health and Vascular Risk & Surgery are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Research Associate to manage a British Heart Foundation funded research project.
The Department is one of 6 in the School of Life Course & Population Sciences https://www.kcl.ac.uk/slcps (KCL Faculty of Life Science and Medicine). This study, an investigation of the early life origins of cardiovascular and metabolic Disease, aligns with the strategic focus on the ‘life course of health and disease’. Our discovery science programme is supported by the Women and Children’s theme and core facilities of the Guy’s and Thomas’s NIHR Biomedical Research Centre https://www.guysandstthomasbrc.nihr.ac.uk and our translational programme through King’s Health Partners’ Institute of Women and Children’s Health https://www.kingshealthpartners.org/institutes/women-and-childrens-health
The KCL Department of Vascular Risk and Surgery, is one of 6 departments in the KCL School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences. The department has strengths in human experimental medicine, identifying new targets for treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, developing advanced treatments such as cell therapy for ischaemic peripheral vascular disease, using the latest advances in ‘omics’ and imaging technologies to guide and personalise use of established therapies. The UPBEAT study was an antenatal randomised controlled trial of a lifestyle intervention which recruited over 1500 women with obesity from 4 UK cities between 2009-2014. The aim of this study is to recruit the 9-11-year children born to UPBEAT participants and to assess their cardiovascular function and body composition as well as lifestyle and physical activity.
The post holder will be responsible for recruitment and screening of volunteers, data collection and management, and will coordinate the day to day management of the study.
The post holder will be based in the Department of Women and Children’s Health at St Thomas’ hospital. The post holder will also be required to travel to other UPBEAT centres (Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle). All expenses: hotel, trains and consumables will be covered for each research trip, and we anticipate that there will be between 5-6 research trips in total each year, and each research trip will be 3-4 days in duration.
This post will initially be for a 12 months probationary period, with the intention of extending to 2 years.
This is a part-time post – 80% full time equivalent
- Co-ordination and recruitment of volunteers to the study.
- Management and overall responsibility to ensure that all data is carefully and promptly collated and entered into the MedSciNet database throughout the study.
- Ensure that all records are properly kept and audited.
- Communicate effectively with study participants, the study investigators and project collaborators.
- To assist in preparing project progress reports and presentations.
- Plan own day-to-day research activity within the framework of the agreed programme.
- Assist with the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group for the study.
- Contribute to publications arising from this project.
- To perform any other duties as may be requested by senior investigator from time to time.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
- BSc or equivalent in a health-related subject or candidates with over 5 years’ experience working on clinical trials.
- Effective time management skills.
- Experience in managing clinical trials, including regulatory requirements for health research
- Good all-round IT skills.
- Ability to work in a highly flexible environment in keeping with changes in workload.
- Willingness to travel to other UPBEAT centres to recruit patients
- Experience of recruiting and conducting research in busy clinical settings
- Self-motivated and able to work independently as well a willing and able to work as part of a wider research team.
- Good clinical practice training
- Venipuncture skills or willingness to learn these skills
- Knowledge of pediatrics health
- Experience working in NHS research
Interviews will be held early February 2022
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.