Research Assistant

Job Description

We are looking to employ a Research Associate / Research Assistant to lead on a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) project with bariatric surgery patients and to support the launch of a psychology research database. This will be on a fixed-term basis until 31st July (21 hours per week) and pay is equivalent to a Research Associate (G6, spine 31) at £23.67 per hour, or Research Assistant (G5, spine 25) at £20.46.

The PPI element of this role will involve recruiting a diverse group of patient representatives from different backgrounds (identified by NHS staff) and exploring their views and feedback on research topics, their experience of the bariatric surgery, gaps in care, and recommendations. The researcher will conduct interviews and engage with PPI representatives to review and iterate documents where needed. The goal is to also set up a PPI panel for ongoing input where needed, and the researcher will produce a brief report.

The other component of this role may involve liaising with NHS collaborators and providing research set-up support linked to implementation of the research database. The researcher may be required to host a stakeholder meeting and will assist with ongoing needs of the project, where relevant. Other tasks may arise for the researcher to feed into on different projects.




  • A PhD or Doctorate (or equivalent) in a related subject area (e.g. psychology, medicine, health) is required for appointment at Research Associate level.

  • Students completing a PhD or Doctorate (or equivalent) who wish to dovetail this work will be considered for appointment at Research Assistant level. 



  • Experience of conducting participant interviews and/or carrying out PPI work.

  • Experience of working with health populations, clinical research, and/or in psychology is desirable.


Carry out research for a short project looking to embed sustainability in the MPharm curriculum 


Undergraduate degree in Pharmacy or related subjects 


- Knowledge of HE Pharmacy education in the UK 

- Experience in social science research methods such as surveys, focus groups, etc. 

You will join a research team setting up a new clinical trial to evaluate an experimental therapy for PTSD in Military Veterans. Your primary activities will be to support the trial manager to develop the application for ethical permission. This will include contributing to developing the protocol, the application form and all required documentation such as those related to participant recruitment (incl via social media and website text/images), informed consent, data collection and study updates. You will be required to work in the Waterloo office for two days a week on most weeks. The trial manager will work closely with you to direct your work and there is a broad team of 6 academic staff with whom you will be in daily or weekly email and video call contact with to receive their contributions and edits to these documents as they are developed. 


BSc, MSc or Post Graduate Certificate in a health or social care-related topic that has a research component.


Experience of health research ethics application proceedures

Attention to procedureal and gramatical detail when developing and revieweing documents

Self directed working and ability to work to deadlines

Good team working and communication skills

Proficiency in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and ability to quckly grasp new software platforms such as Qualtrics



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



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



  • BSc/MSci in Neuroscience or related discipline


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