Study Support Officer

£39,897 - £39,897

Job Description

We are pleased to offer this opportunity to join our team in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. This post's main purpose is to support the delivery of a pilot project looking into the support needs of informal caregivers for people with breathlessness. You will work closely with a small research team led by Professor Irene Higginson to deliver a scoping review and Patient and Public Involvement workshops gathering the lived experiences of informal caregivers. You will also be expected to support the preparation of an external grant funding application relating to the above work and take an active role in related research projects and applications. All tasks will be shared across the research team, and specific responsibilities will be allocated according to the chosen candidate’s skills, experience and interests. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented candidate with demonstrated administrative skills wishing to gain research experience. You may be a student or an administrative professional looking to develop your skills in a new area.



Duties:

Specific responsibilities will be allocated according to the candidate’s skills and experience, and will include all or part of the below: To support in conducting a scoping review in partnership with the project Research Assistant, including: Writing a systematic search strategy; conducting database and gray literature searches; screening records for inclusion against pre-defined criteria; and extracting qualitative and quantitative data from included records. Analyze data and/or synthesize findings from included studies, as appropriate to the candidate’s skills and experience. Proof and draft reports for funders and other appropriate groups. Assist in the drafting of publications resulting from this research. Support in the coordination of Patient and Public Involvement activities related to the project, for example by sending out invitations and reminders for workshops, providing technical support during virtual meetings, and assisting with analysis of findings. The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.




Qualifications

A good first degree or currently working towards a degree.



Skills



Good organisation and time management skills, with ability to work independently and complete tasks accurately within set deadlines Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience using academic referencing Able to grasp new information, learn new skills and processes quickly Excellent computing skills, including accurate and fast typing, use of reference management databases, and ability to use packages to support data analysis and presentation (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) Basic knowledge of different types of research study designs commonly used in applied health services research, and qualitative and quantitative methods Ability to apply systematic approaches to problems.

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Healthy Volunteers will be required to have their eyes examined 16 times between 8am and 1pm. Eye drops will be administered to your eyes to cause dilation and allow examination to take place. This is not a painful procedure and is perfectly safe.




Qualifications

N/A



Skills

Willing to be examined as described.

Healthy Volunteers will be required to have their eyes examined 16 times between 8am and 1pm. Eye drops will be administered to your eyes to cause dilation and allow examination to take place. This is not a painful procedure and is perfectly safe.




Qualifications

N/A



Skills

Willing to be examined as described.

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.



To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.



The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.



We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 700 staff investigating the spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia, with laboratory-based research groups located at University College London, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London and King’s College London.



 



Centre context



 



King’s 



Researchers at the UK DRI at King’s use innovative approaches to explore the biological mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. Their goal is to defeat dementia by uncovering vital new knowledge that will lead to the design of smarter diagnostics and effective treatments. The team aim to understand the fundamental biological processes involved in dementia at a molecular level – and to use that knowledge to design new ways to diagnose and treat disease more precisely.



 



The group of Dr Marc-David Ruepp is seeking an organised and enthusiastic individual for a full-time research assistant position to support their research. This position will involve significant work in molecular cloning, analysis of changes in gene expression by RT-PCR and qPCR, mammalian cell culture, and splicing modulation and thus requires consistency and attention to detail, as well as a willingness for occasional weekend work in the context of cellular work. The post-holder will also provide support for general organisational and technical duties to allow the smooth and efficient running of the lab.



Dr Marc-David Ruepp’s group works on RNA metabolism in health and disease with a specific focus on the two neurodegenerative diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This position will provide valuable research support and contribute to the understanding of ALS/FTD in order to find effective therapeutic strategies.




  • Maintenance of cell cell cultures

  • Perform molecular biology, biochemistry, and imaging assays

  • Maintaining accurate laboratory records

  • Manage the ordering of laboratory supplies and equipment

  • Liaising with other technical staff to service and maintain stocks and equipment

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by Dr Marc-David Ruepp

  • Requires flexibility for occasional weekend work



Qualifications

Qualifications




  • BSc/MSci in Neuroscience or related discipline



Skills

Essential Skills




  • Experience in mammalian cell culture

  • Experience in molecular biology

  • Experience in preparing buffers and media

  • Experience in molecular biology: Nucleic acid isolation, RT, qPCR

  • Experience in splicing modulation using modified snRNAs

  • Experience in C++, Java, R and Graph Pad Prism

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