Scientific Coordinator

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Good Rates of Pay
14 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Scientific Coordinator - Research Associate / Senior Research Associate (SRA)* (Fixed Term)

*NB: The status of Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate only if approved by the Faculty Board of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine – further details on appointment to SRA available on request.

Salary: Research Associate - £31,604 - £38,833          
Senior Research Associate - £39,992 - £50,618
Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC)
Reference: RH13336

The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU), part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC), has been awarded £8M by Research Council UK  (RCUK) to conduct a programme of research in Bangladesh: CAPABLE. CAPABLE aims to develop scalable and effective health interventions that can control exposure to major environmental and lifestyle risk factors of non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income countries. This program over next 4 years will create a 100,000-person cohort study as a vehicle for scientific innovation and capacity development in Bangladesh. 

For CAPABLE, we are seeking an experienced Scientific Coordinator to apply their skills to: (i) coordinating the portfolio of cohort studies recruiting participants in Bangladesh as part of the CAPABLE programme and (ii) generation of scientific reports/publications. The coordinating hub for the CAPABLE programme will primarily be based in Cambridge (with short-term coordinating travel opportunities internationally every year) and this position will be a key appointment in the development of the hub, working closely with the Scientific Director and the Research Coordinator (also being recruited).

This position offers an excellent opportunity for an individual to contribute into both scientific, and operational aspects of a major global health programme. The post-holder, therefore, should have a scientific background, a broad interest in global health and experience of study coordination, ideally in an international setting.

The post holder will contribute to all major aspects of CAPABLE, including: (i) the design and implementation of study protocols; (ii) the preparation and submission of documents for ethical review; (iii) oversight of the recruitment of participants; (iv) ensuring that data and samples are collected and distributed correctly; (v) contributing to the drafting of reports (scientific, administrative and financial) to funding bodies and; (vi) contribution to the drafting of scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Close collaboration between the post-holder and a broad range of colleagues in Bangladesh and the UK will be critical to the success of CAPABLE.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Operational coordination: These will include coordinating the local field team in i) recruitment of participants ii) the collection, transport and storage of samples iii) sample analysis iv) data collection and transfer v) monitoring budgets and vi) monitoring study milestones and deadlines.
  • Scientific documents preparation: These will include scientific protocols, ethics reports, reports to funding bodies and correspondence with collaborators.
  • Scientific input: Assist the Scientific Director with the preparation of scientific reports for publication in high-impact journals. 
  • International travel: Help organise (and participate) in relevant international and UK meetings as well as the relevant seminar series.
  • Any other tasks arising on a day-to-day basis that are necessary to ensure the smooth-running of projects.

Education: Educated to degree level with a BSc in a relevant scientific field (e.g. biological or medical science) and hold a PhD or equivalent experience. 

Experience and Skills: The role will require relevant experience in scientific study coordination and the ability to work independently as well as part of a large team including principal investigators and senior managers, project managers, data managers, administrators and statisticians.  

The funds are available until 31st October 2020
Informal enquiries
can be made to Liza Clarke
Closing date: 12th December 2017
Interview Date: Week 18th December 2017 or Week 2 January 2018

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