Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

A postdoc position is available at University Of Cambridge. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to September 16, 2018.

A Research Assistant post is available to support the completion of the Antidepressant Trial with P2×7 Antagonist JNJ-54175446 (ATP) clinical trial. The post holder will be responsible for recruiting new trial participants and managing their assessments during the trial.

-Obtaining informed consent and conducting the screening interview, including the MINI, the Hamilton Depression Scale (HAM-D) and the Antidepressant Treatment Response Questionnaire (ATRQ)

-Arranging and attending MRI scans and other clinic visits

-Being the primary point of contact for trial participants

-Completion of trial forms and prompt data entry to the online database

Experience of the above procedures would be an advantage, but the post-holder will be joining an experienced team and full training will be given.

The research assistant will work both independently and closely with other members of the research team and other professionals. They will ensure that recruitment and data ascertainment from participants is carried out to a high standard using communication skills. Work will be primarily based in Cambridge; however, this post does require flexible travel to other areas outside of Cambridge (such as London) for possible off-site participant assessments. It is essential that the post holder is flexible and willing to work out-of-hours if required. Some MRI scanning slots are out-of-hours and calling participants out-of-hours is also common and necessary to work around their schedules as best as possible. Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree in biological, physical, psychosocial or other relevant scientific discipline, have an interest in mental health research and be willing to travel and work occasionally outside of normal working hours when visiting potential research participants.

This appointment is 0.5 FTE, 18.5 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Linda Pointon (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date is Sunday 16 September 2018, with interviews expected to take place 26 September 2018.

Please quote reference RN16551 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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