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Research Assistant

Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £31,542 - £33,257 per annum
  • REF: 1874620
  • Closes: 24th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant post in the Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology under the supervision of Professor Huw Morris. The development of new treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy, cortico-basal syndrome (CBS) and cortico-basal degeneration (CBD) is confounded by an incomplete understanding of the disease pathogenesis, variation in pathology and the lack of disease biomarkers. In this new project, we will develop a UK and European-wide PSP and CBS network and collect core diagnostic information together with biosamples.

The main purpose of the study will be to build a network of patients with CBS who will be available for future therapeutic and translational studies. Working under the supervision of Professors Huw Morris and Andrew Lees and Dr. Jon Rohrer, the successful applicant will join a team carrying out research into PSP and CBD.

The post-holder will be responsible for assisting with coordination of the PROSPECT study at UCL: consenting patients, providing support and oversight of recruitment at study sites across the UK and Europe, data analysis, developing protocols, data cleaning and monitoring, submission of amendments/ethics, administering cognitive function tests, organising blood sample collections, liaising with patients regarding all study related procedures, logistics and operations at UCLH, adhering to data security and data management.

Duration of the post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from the PSP Association for 1 year in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Applicants should have an Honours degree in a relevant discipline and experience of working in or conducting research at an academic environment with academic staff. IT proficiency at advanced user level is essential as are excellent oral and written communication skills.

A demonstrable aptitude for research, the ability to work without close supervision, good interpersonal skills, a very high level of consideration and care for patients and research subjects, and an interest in research with a commitment to supporting high quality research. Experience of working within a clinical research environment, of data monitoring and analysis experience, and of coordinating multi-centre studies is desirable.

An honorary clinical contract will be sought from the UCLH/NHNN Foundation Trust, for which a DBS check will be required.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email: ion.hradmin@ucl.ac.uk).

For more information and informal discussion, please contact Professor Huw Morris h.morris@ucl.ac.uk.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

24 Feb 2021

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Gold award, in recognition of our long-term commitment and ‘beacon’ status in advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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