Research Assistant, Department of Psychological Medicine
The post holder will join the Centre for Affective Disorders at King's College London, led by Professor Allan Young. The post holder will have a leading role in co-ordinating, managing and delivering clinical trials investigating psychedelic and related drugs as treatments in patients and healthy volunteers.
The post holder will work with, and be supervised by Dr James Rucker, consultant psychiatrist and NIHR Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Affective Disorders, and Professor Allan Young, director at the Centre for Affective Disorders. You will additionally work with research nurses at the Clinical Research Facility at King's College Hospital and other members of the Centre for Affective Disorders at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months.
This is a full-time post.
- The overall efficient day-to-day management of the trial
- Establishment of procedures to ensure adherence to trial protocols and administrative requirements
- Ensuring the timely recruitment and retention of trial participants with subsequent efficient and effective data management
- Monitoring trial progress to ensure compliance with, and adherence to, the project plan and to identify, evaluate and rectify problems.
- Management of trial budgets and maintenance of accounts
- Act as the point of contact for all external and internal agencies
- Coordinate (and lead where appropriate) the preparation and publication of data, reports and information, ensuring that these meet legislative, contractual and ethical requirements
- Understand the requirements of the various controlling bodies, agencies and frameworks, guiding the project in conforming to those requirements and co-ordinating any necessary audit processes
- Liaison with the Trial Steering Committee and Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee with a particular view on compliance with Research Governance, Good Clinical Practice, Data Protection and Ethical Requirements
- Provision of regular and ad hoc information, both written and verbal, to all the trial participants, clinicians, funders and sponsors, to include reports, updates, guidance, commitments and a Newsletter
- Work with the Principal and Co Investigator to ensure that the trial is meeting its targets, is producing meaningful output and to predict and plan any changes that warrant requests to changes in protocol, funding or time
- Ensure the inclusion of patient representatives at the appropriate levels and times
- Planning and supporting the meetings and work of the various groups and bodies associated with the trial
- Assurance that personal and confidential information is restricted to those entitled to know
- To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant research
- Attend local and national meetings as appropriate and present to promote the study.
- To make full use of the training facilities that are on offer through King's College London Staff Training & Development Unit - the College is committed to the training and development of its staff.
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.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
- Good first degree in a relevant subject
- Evidence of continued professional / educational development
- Excellent project management skills and teamwork
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Knowledge of ethics and research governance procedures
- High level of organisational skills, problem solving and planning
- Excellent written English and writing stills with ability to compose detailed documents
- Experience in the management or co-ordination of clinical trials
- Recent experience of recruiting research participants and evidence of high levels of participant retention into studies
- Experience of managing / running research studies
- Experience of data analysis using statistical software
- Experience of report / paper writing
- Experience of effective multidisciplinary team working
- Practical experience in collection and handling of human samples
- Experience of research interviewing, including psychological measures and clinical assessments in patient groups
- Self-motivated, with a robust work ethic
- Ability to organise and motivate others
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work as part of a team with excellent collaborative skills
- Able to provide strategic, tactical and operational management skills in the planning and execution of a project
- Prepared to travel around London
- Skills and experience recruiting clinical participants for research
- Working at all times according to Good Clinical Practice, Research Governance and Trust guidelines
- To ensure that any data collection is conducted according to the specific research protocol and adheres to the Data Protection legal framework
- GCP training and Human Tissue Act and Informed Consent training
- Masters in a relevant subject
- Experience of recruiting participants from SLaM community teams, C4C, or IAPTs
- Demonstrate flair, enthusiasm, innovation and leadership when faced with challenges
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.