Research Assistant

London (Greater)
£34,502 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
05 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
26 Sep 2022
Academic Discipline
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the research team with a project focused on addressing the supportive care needs of men with testicular cancer by improving the patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) available to them. 


Testicular cancer (TCa) is the most common solid malignancy affecting young men, and represents 5% of all urological cancers. Several PROMs are available for the assessment of quality of life (QoL), anxiety and depression in men with TCa, however there is a paucity of PROM-validation studies assessing these in a TCa-only cohort. There is a need to develop additional validated tools to measure PROMs in these men – specifically in a wider context of supportive care needs. It is also necessary to determine whether there are differing QoL assessment needs between patients receiving different treatment approaches.


This work will allow us to recommend tools with the best evidence for psychometric properties and feasibility, for use in routine practice and research settings, to holistically assess QoL and supportive care needs in patients with TCa.  


This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 12 months. 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent


Key responsibilities

 Provide support to members of the TOUR team to conduct the above project (e.g. ethical approval, literature review, interviews, transcribing).   

•  Support the design and conduct of the project in the context of both qualitative and quantitative methods.  

•  Write-up of study findings.  

•  Engagement in design of future studies related to the holistic care needs of men with testicular cancer. 

•  To collaborate with the TOUR team and our colleagues at Guy’s Cancer and the Royal Marsden Hospital.  


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 

Essential criteria  

1.      MSc or BSc in Psychology/Public health/Cancer Research or related field, with experience in qualitative research 

2.      Knowledge of basic statistics 

3.      Highly evolved communication, interpersonal and presentation skills; including written and verbal communication, formal presentations, including to professional/external bodies 

4.      IT skills with Windows packages, Microsoft Office  

5.      Knowledge of the Data Protection Act/GDPR and ability to comply with all relevant security and confidentiality procedures relating to health research on human participants  

6.      Excellent analytical and organisational skills 

7.      Ability to interpret, apply and communicate complex information 

8.      Ability to prioritise workload and plan ahead 


Desirable criteria

9.     Ability to work independently 

10.   Demonstration of attention to detail and high standards of accuracy 

11.   Flexible and able to respond to change 

12.   Self-motivated and able to work independently and also as part of team  

13.   Evidence of research experience in a cancer clinical care setting – at least one peer-reviewed publication 


Further information

Interviews will be held on Friday 16th September 2022.  


The Translational Oncology and Urology Research (TOUR) team aims to turn science into better healthcare by translating uro-oncology research into medical practice. TOUR is led by Professor Mieke Van Hemelrijck, bringing together a team of researchers, clinicians, students, research nurses, trial coordinators, and database managers who are active across the field of translational research. 


The translational research work of the group encompasses a heterogeneous set of activities in the area of prostate, bladder, renal, and testicular cancer, covering both bedside and bench. Moreover, Dr Van Hemelrijck leads Guy’s Cancer Real World Evidence (RWE) together with Dr Anne Rigg from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The programme aims to amplify Guy’s Cancer RWE data science capability and allow progress answering challenging cancer research questions. Guy’s Cancer RWE will drive world class patient centred research. 

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