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Research Assistant – ASAP Project (Clinical)

Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £32,217 per annum
  • REF: 1881580
  • Closes: 20th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join a team of researchers led by Prof Schapira, based at the Royal Free Hospital UCL campus. This is an outstanding opportunity to work on a newly funded project from a grant for $8.4million from the Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research The genome-microbiome axis in the cause of Parkinson disease: Mechanistic insights and therapeutic implications from experimental models and a genetically stratified patient population. In particular, the post holder will have the unique prospect to work in close collaboration with scientists at UCL and 4 other study sites (University of Tubingen, University of Pavia, German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn, and French National Institute for Agricultural Research).

The post is intended for a researcher who is motivated and keen to learn the skills and processes involved in conducting clinically based genetic research. The role will entail a substantial element of participant education and engagement requiring close collaboration and liaison with charities and patient interest groups. It will also involve the establishment of durable mechanisms to obtain participant opinion and feedback on aspects of study design and the conduct of research. The post holder will be expected to participate in the research programme and play an active role in supporting and promoting the GBA research programme. S/he will also be expected to help in the recruitment and conduct of any clinical trials involving the cohort.

The post is available immediately and is funded by an MJFF (ASAP) grant for 12 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in the biological or psychological sciences, although we will consider candidates with alternative degree level qualifications. A very high level of consideration and care for patients and research subjects is essential as is experience of working within a clinical research environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills, flexible approach to work and IT proficiency at advanced user level (Spreadsheet, Word Processing, Database, Email, Web based applications) including good skills in database design and use are also required. Good knowledge of current developments in Parkinsons disease research and knowledge and clinical management of Parkinsons disease are desirable.

An Honorary contract will be sought from UCLH and Royal Free London NHS 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 (email: ion.hradmin@ucl.ac.uk).

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

Closing Date

20 Jan 2022

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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

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