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Research Assistant – Addictions

Addictions

London, Denmark Hill Campus

Overview

  • Posted on: 13th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £29,127- £32, 256 inclusive of London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 039449
  • Closes: 19th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

As a junior research assistant, you will work with Professor Sir John Strang and colleagues at the National Addiction Centre, working within the Addictions Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. You will work across several studies led by Professor Strang and colleagues which investigate different aspects of substance use and associated problems. You will work directly with researchers already active on these projects and bring added capability to the projects. The studies involved include study of heroin overdose risk, the interventions applied and potential new strategies to tackle this, alongside study of drug use in the non-treatment population and the acceptability of different possible innovations. Over time, you may also work on other projects, contributing to successful conduct of their research and its publication.

This new junior research assistant position will, as an early task, work with a team conducting a prospective study of a large cohort of individuals recruited into a new approach to prevention of overdose deaths. In addition, you will also work with a separate experimental study of actual heroin overdose (the experimental sessions being conducted in a specialist clinical research facility) in order to gain better understanding of the events that result in overdose deaths. You may also work with other lines of research being undertaken by Professor Strang and his colleagues.

The post will be based at the Addictions Sciences Building, Windsor Walk, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8BB (next to Denmark Hill railway station – direct connections to London Victoria, Blackfriars, King’s Cross, Clapham Junction, Whitechapel, Lewisham, Bromley, and beyond).

Main duties and accountabilities:

This post will work alongside existing and future more senior research colleagues who have good knowledge of the key challenges and essential tasks. These will include:

  • Communication with partner study sites and/or with study participants themselves, by telephone and email, in a friendly and professional manner;
  • Supporting participants in accessing the study, completing the registration process and completing study assessments and requirements;
  • Assisting in study-wide communications;
  • Contributing to website updates and content development;
  • Supporting maintenance of study documents, recruitment and follow-up data;
  • Contributing to recruitment, retention and follow-up contact with study participants;
  • Having access to sensitive datasets with anonymised personal study data;
  • Assisting with administrative tasks including report writing and creating presentations.

The post will involve contact with researchers, with clinicians, and with individuals with substance use problems, both in treatment and non-treatment. Good communication skills are therefore essential. The new post-holder will be working as a part of a team, but will also need to show the ability to work self-directed, sometimes with a substantial workload.

Good IT skills are important.

This post will be offered as an a fixed-term contract for 6 months, in the first instance.

This is available as a part-time or full -time post – between 40% and 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

Working with Professor Strang and research colleagues, the post-holder will have various responsibilities, changing as they move from work on one project to another. The post-holder will be directed to contribution to one or more of the current research studies being undertaken, with responsibilities including:

  • To assist with day to day communication with partner study sites and/or with study participants themselves, by telephone and email, in a friendly and professional manner;
  • To assist with supporting participants in accessing the study, completing the registration process and completing study assessments and requirements;
  • To assist with supporting maintenance of study documents, recruitment and follow-up data;
  • To assist with contributing to recruitment, retention and follow-up contact with study participants;
  • Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive datasets which may contain anonymised personal study data;
  • Assist with administrative tasks.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • Understanding of challenges associated with research with people with substance misuse problems
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to organise time appropriately
  • Ability to solve problems pragmatically using own initiative
  • Computer literate including a good knowledge of Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to maintain study deadlines
  • Attention to detail for careful record keeping

Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of the issues involved in working with drug clinic staff and service users
  • Experience of prior contribution to conducting research, or evidence of equivalent relevant experience and or training
  • Knowledge of issues around opioid overdose and the role of naloxone

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

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