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Research Project Officer

LOCATION: Manchester
LENGTH: Full time
SALARY UP TO: £20,404.00 per year


Research Project Officer |
Cheshire |
Fixed-term / Full-time |
From £20,403 per annum (Dependant on experience)

Our client is a reputable research facillity, and are looking for a research project officer.

The purpose of the role is to provide professional and efficient project and administrative support to ongoing melanoma and skin cancer projects. The post holder will provide logistical and administrative support for projects in pathology including tracing and documentation of medical records and histopathology reports and with epidemiological aspects including liaison with medical practitioners or their staff, and cancer registries.

Key responsibilities:

Using established protocols and procedures and with appropriate training where required, plan and execute own work after discussion with the Group Leader.
• Co-ordinating the collaborative research activities of the Senior Staff Scientists including when they are off -site.
• Being responsible for general administrative activities related to ongoing projects.
• Maintaining the smooth day-to-day running of current projects (purchasing, submission of samples, health-and-safety, etc.), dealing promptly and efficiently with whatever issues may arise.
• Facilitating the running of their studies, including preparation of ethics submissions, reports and letters and manuscripts for scientific publications.
• Collecting clinical data on consenting patients involved in pathology studies. Manage and monitor contacts with doctors/clinicians.
• Collecting stained sections from pathology laboratories for further analysis, provision of membrane slides to pathology laboratories, collecting tissue samples and/or blocks for further analysis, maintaining a register of collected tissue, returning tissue blocks to pathology laboratories as necessary.
• Maintaining databases for their studies.
• Assisting in analysis and presentation of data.
• Sharing knowledge of techniques and procedures for the benefit of others.
• Working under the direction of colleagues when it is necessary to acquire skills that are already established.
• Presenting work as directed by Senior Scientists and attend weekly laboratory meetings.
• Ensuring that careful records are kept where necessary according to standard procedures for writing up experiments within the laboratory.
• Prioritising own workload and keep the Group Leader informed of developments in the progress of projects at all times.
• Assist with laboratory health and safety.
• Assist with general laboratory administration.
• Undertake any other duties, as requested by the Group Leader.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Degree in a biosciences discipline (or equivalent research experience)
• Experience of working independently and in a team
• Previous experience working in a clinical/research arena
• Experience of using initiative to complete tasks
• Previous experience working in an administrative or project assistant role
• Computer literate, familiarity with Microsoft office package, in particular Outlook, Word and Excel and in particular Access or similar database software
• Excellent written and oral communications skills
• Good attention to detail and an ability to demonstrate a high level of accuracy, accurate comprehensive record-keeping
• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise, juggle multiple tasks and work to deadlines
• Use of initiative and ability to work unsupervised and independently
• Ability to make intellectual practical contributions to projects
• A general knowledge of cancer and/or knowledge in the field of biological sciences
• Relevant understanding of or experience of working in medical research
• Self-motivated, Meticulous and Organised
• Ability to work to strict deadlines
• Ability to work well within a team framework as well as on an individual project
• To show commitment to equality and fairness and integrity in dealing with others
• To be willing to work across organisational boundaries
• To seek new knowledge and share ideas
• To be open and responsive to change and innovation
• Willingness to travel

Desirable qualities:
• Degree in health-related discipline (e.g. biology, epidemiology, public health)
• Project management qualification
• Experience of NHS administration, and NHS Ethics and Research approval procedures
• Experience of working in an environment dealing with confidential and sensitive information
• Previous experience of project management in a research environment
• Proof reading skills
• Presentation skills
• Problem solving capabilities
• Experience with archival pathological material
• Working knowledge of “Health and Safety at Work” requirements
• Relevant understanding of or experience of working in a diagnostic histology/histopathology laboratory setting
• Working knowledge of the field of cancer and/or melanoma
• Knowledge of mathematical and statistical methods

To apply, please submit your most up to date CV.

Please be aware we receive a high volume of applications for every role advertised and regularly receive applications from candidates who exceed the job credentials. We will only contact you within the next 14 days if you are selected for interview.


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