[Job, 3d/wk] Genetic Alliance, Research Assistant, ??30k pro rata, clos 22 Aug 2011

Public health / social science – looking at what people think about biobanking samples…

From the (attached) job description they’re looking for this sort of level of qualification:

Qualifications and knowledge
??? A good university degree of grade 2.1 or above.
??? Higher degree/PhD or equivalent experience in public health, research methods or social sciences.


Genetic Alliance
Research Assistant

Job Title: Research Assistant

Responsible to: Research Manager

Based at: Genetic Alliance UK, Unit 4D, Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London, N1 3QP Other locations / home working considered but travel to London to meet research manager will be essential.

Hours: Part time post working 0.6 full time equivalent (3 days per week).

This post is offered as a fixed-term contract from 1st October 2011(or as soon as possible thereafter) to 31st December 2012.

??30,000 (full time equivalent) per annum plus pension contribution

Full job description in Word or PDF

Job Outline: This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a social research background to work for a leading patient support group. The post holder will be responsible for conducting research to investigate public perceptions of biobanking in the UK. This work will form the public engagement work package of the ‘STRATUM’ (Strategic Tissue Repository Alliance through Unified Methods) project which has been awarded a grant by the Technology Strategy Board through the Stratified Medicines Competition. The overall aim of the project is to deliver methods that will increase the effectiveness of tissue sample provision and ensure that UK pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostic sectors have the ability to access an adequate supply of well-characterised tissue samples to increase the probability of drug development success. STRATUM is a collaborative project between industry and academia developed by a consortium of 6 partners, with AstraZeneca as the lead partner. Other members of the consortium are GlaxoSmithKline, Lab21 and the universities of Manchester, Nottingham and Leicester.

Gaps exist in our understanding of the public???s willingness to donate samples for biomedical research, therefore a key aim of this project is to assess public opinion on biobanking and the use of samples. The main role of the researcher will be to deliver a report which describes public and patients??? views and concerns on this issue. This report will be used as the framework for defining biobanking policy for a governance and standards framework for human sample resources in the UK.

The role will involve the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Conducting a scoping review of the current evidence regarding key issues that motivate or detract from people???s willingness to be involved in biobanking.
  • Designing and piloting a survey to establish perceptions of biobanking from patients and the general public.
  • Co-ordinating and helping facilitate a series of focus groups with members of the public and patients.
  • Contributing to the qualitative data analysis from focus groups to identify the key issues that influence patient and public willingness to donate samples.
  • Liaising with a market research company and a number of patient groups in the UK in order to disseminate the survey widely.
  • Producing a written report detailing the findings from this body of research.
  • Undertaking other reasonable duties that may be required within the project.

The closing date for this post is Monday 22nd August 2011, 5pm.

Candidates who are short-listed for interview will be notified by Wednesday 24th August 2011.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th August 2011 in Islington, London.

To apply for this post, please send a covering letter detailing your suitability for our consideration (maximum two pages) and CV addressed to Dr Celine Lewis, Research manager – by email to: celine@geneticall
 or by post to: Genetic Alliance UK, Unit 4D, Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London, N1 3QP.

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