• Posted on: 18th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £45,536 - £53,632 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 037167
  • Closes: 02nd December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

The role holder will contribute to the effective and efficient support of research and innovation at King’s and the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre through the delivery of robust support of the College’s Research Governance agenda. They will need to develop a broad perspective, engaging positively and proactively with both national, College and NHS research governance requirements and embracing opportunities to support our researchers to ensure research of the highest quality and standard.

The role holder will provide operational support with the primary focus being on Rosalind, the high performance- and hybrid cloud-computing research platform at King’s College London. The role will involve balancing General Data Protection Regulation-specific work and broader research governance support, in order to play a key role in the effective management and processing of research data on Rosalind. The overarching aim will be to ensure that all research is conducted in compliance with the relevant policies and legislation.

The role holder will have a thorough knowledge of research data governance requirements and engage proactively with a range of stakeholders and associated third parties in order to understand user needs, resolve issues and identify opportunities for improvement.

The successful candidate will primarily interact with the Rosalind Operations Team, the E-Research Team, and members of the Research Management & Innovation Directorate (RMID). The role holder will also need to liaise with researchers and controlling parties from associated departments and organisations such as the Rosalind partner NIHR BRCs, NHS Foundation Trusts, KHP, and other external data resource providers.

The candidate will need the ability to define and prioritise their own workload and at times operate with minimal supervision, however they will have the support of a friendly, capable technical team.

The ideal applicant would have experience of co-ordinating access to clinical or sensitive datasets, ideally within an academic or research context. Familiarity with or an understanding of relevant associated technologies, such as data storage & encryption, data processing, networking, identity management & authentication, access control & policy enforcement, and security auditing, whilst not essential, would all be useful.

An aptitude for picking up new information and the ability to interact with and communicate information to a range of audiences are essential skills. The role offers a lot of flexibility and the opportunity to play a crucial role in shaping the flow of research data governance at the College-the applicant will likely need to develop much of their own workflow and will need strongly developed skills in managing and maintaining oversight of projects and involved parties at different stages of the research data processing workflow.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 10 months [maternity cover]

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

• To provide high level research data governance support to King’s researchers with particular focus on data protection requirements for research under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but more broadly focusing on areas such as risk assessment, legal compliance, Health Research Authority and Human Tissue Act requirements.

• Providing advice and guidance on national and College requirements in relation to research governance generally.

• Supporting the continued implementation and embedding of policy and process changes in relation to research governance by proactively engaging with researchers and faculty research support teams and supporting discipline specific needs.

• Leading on the monitoring and oversight of compliance with relevant legislation by engaging directly with the research community on a day-t0-day basis and also developing and implementing a research governance audit programme.

• Creating and delivering presentations/committee briefings in relation to research governance matters, to effectively embed College and national requirements within the King’s research community.

• Liaising closely with all relevant stakeholders such as Rosalind Operations Team, Information Compliance Team, Research Ethics Office, Research Ethics Committee, Health and Safety Department, Legal Services etc, as required, to ensure that the College’s research is conducted and managed to the highest standard and in compliance with all relevant legislation.

• Prepare and disseminate any necessary communications to the research community in relation to research governance matters.

• Manage the research data protection registration submissions in the College’s online system, KDPR.

• Liaising closely with KHP R&D Managers and the SLaM Information Governance team to ensure the policies in relation to Research Governance are aligned for any research collaborations and compliant with all relevant legislations.

• Supporting researchers with the access to clinical and sensitive datasets, or input of data into the relevant systems, and providing advice and direction on how to access and manage research data.

• Work with the Rosalind Operations Team to administer and co-ordinate access to a range of clinical or sensitive data resources, either ‘live’ (via connections to relevant collaborating partners) or via import of data directly into Rosalind.

• Answering queries from researchers, research support teams, and the Rosalind Operations Team in relation to research data governance.

• To act as the administrative contact within the Rosalind Operations Team for all research data governance queries involving the Rosalind platform.

• Generate reports for compliance and operations purposes as required, as well as to inform senior management of the status of research projects that incorporate a research data governance element.

• Assess the flaws or threats applicable to sensitive data access policies or administration on Rosalind, and work to ensure compliance, prevent or mitigate data breaches, etc.

• Ensure annual completion of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit for the Rosalind Data Safe Haven

• Support the governance aspects of health technology development pipelines including medical device development and Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) submissions.

• Contribute to research activities, primarily in terms of data governance themes in line with the role profile, but feasibly involving a wide range of skills as appropriate.

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

Essential criteria

1. Ability to prioritise workload and be flexible as required

2. Good organisational and administrative skills

3. Excellent IT skills including database systems, spreadsheets, and word processing

4. Experience of Research Governance, Ethics or Management in a HEI and/or NHS Trust, either through conducting research or in a support role.

5. Demonstrable experience of providing clear and concise advice/guidance/support with a pro-active and authentic approach

6. Experience of working with or exposure to clinical or sensitive data resources

7. Confident to/have experience of presenting effective oral and written communications and meetings

8. Curious, relationship-oriented, principled

9. Ability to work well under pressure and to be able to prioritise work in the face of constantly shifting priorities and tight deadlines

10. Drive for results and motivation to support a team to deliver

11. Ability to define and manage own workload and goals, working independently and showing initiative

12. Ability to work within a team or devolved, matrix-style management environment

Desirable criteria

1. Degree or equivalent professional qualification

2. Familiarity with or understanding of technologies related to computer networking; data transfer, storage & encryption; identity management & authentication processes; high performance and cloud compute environments; Linux/UNIX operating system; and filesystem or network-based data access control mechanisms

3. Scientific research skills and enthusiasm for medical research or data-intensive research activities and methods

4. Experience of conducting audits

5. Experience/understanding of providing support to Committees

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