Research Assistant (PD – Frontline)

London, England, gb
Company: UCL
Category: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Published on 2021-06-21 18:06:48
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. The team has a major interest in Parkinson disease and in particular in the genetic causes of this disorder. The role will entail a substantial element of participant education and engagement requiring close collaboration and liaison with charities and patient interest groups.The post is funded by a grant from The Cure Parkinson’s Trust entitled “PD FRONTLINE– genotyping people with idiopathic Parkinson’s for clinical trials.” The project began in January 2020, to date it has been very successful in recruiting > 1000 idiopathic PD patients. This is a web-based research program with collection of DNA samples by post. We focus on identifying Parkinson patients with the two most common genetic causes of the disease; mutations of the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) or LRRK2 genes. The post is intended for a junior researcher who is motivated and keen to learn the skills and processes involved in conducting clinically based genetic research.The post holder’s principal responsibility will be to support the enlargement of a large cohort of carriers of a genetic mutation predisposing to Parkinson’s disease called glucocerebrosidase (GBA). Primarily this will involve supporting the web-based recruitment platform, direct support of subjects by telephone, administrative tasks such as sending out study packs to participants and an element of data management/data analysis. There will also be the potential for laboratory-based work to support the project. The successful candidate will also help with the RAPSODI cohort that is designed specifically for those with GBA mutations, or who are at risk through family members.The post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from Cure Parkinson’s Trust to 1 January 2023 in the first instance. Key RequirementsWe see the role as ideal for a candidate with 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 Parkinson’s disease research, knowledge and clinical management of Parkinson’s 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.

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