Senior Research Nurse (Fixed Term)

University Of Cambridge is delighted to offer a research position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to September 23, 2018.

The Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit (CBCRU) is a purpose built research facility attached to the Cambridge Breast Unit. It is involved in cutting edge clinical and laboratory research into breast cancer and is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team, including oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, research assistants, data management and laboratory staff involved in translational research. The CBCRU is led by the Director, Professor Carlos Caldas and managed by the Deputy Director and a steering committee who direct CBCRU operations.

We are looking for a Senior Research Nurse to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the CBCRU, and work closely with CBCRU management to guide the translational research team through a period of expansion and change.

The Senior Research Nurse will work with the Translational research team, based in the CBCRU, to recruit breast cancer patients to translational studies, and collect tissue and blood samples from participants. The role holder will line-manage the Personalised Breast Cancer Program (PBCP) study nurse, and ensure that CBCRU translational research studies are run according to Good Clinical Practice and that data protection regulations are adhered to. The Senior Research Nurse is expected to liaise extensively with colleagues in other departments (e.g. Radiology, Surgery, Radiotherapy and Clinical Trials) to ensure study participants receive coordinated care under the Breast Cancer Programme. The post holder will also be involved within the Cambridge Experimental Cancer Medicine (ECMC) and CR-UK network across the UK in helping to coordinate UK sample collections, as well as sharing resources and knowledge with these centres. This may include helping to set up studies in other UK centres and therefore the post holder must be willing to travel within the UK.

The successful candidate must have current NMC registration at RGN level 1, and have previous experience of working within a research environment. The post holder will be competent to take blood samples, or be willing to undertake phlebotomy training. Whilst previous experience of oncology nursing is desirable, nurses new to oncology are invited to apply as full training can be given for the post.

Candidates should be educated to A level, NVQ or equivalent standards and should have previous experience of using Microsoft Office. A willingness to undertake further computer training, including EPIC, Open-Clinica, and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is essential.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Anthea Messent, Breast Cancer Programme Manager, on 01223 348928 or email:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults’ barred lists), and a health assessment. This appointment also requires NMC Registration and 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. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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.

Please quote reference RD16538 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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