Research Assistant/Research Associate job at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

job description

An opportunity to join a multidisciplinary study funded by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Charity investigating the mechanisms, risk factors and response to treatment of symptoms of Long COVID, as part of a randomized controlled trial of a new intervention psychophysiological called Balance-ACT.

The Research Assistant (5th year) / Research Associate (6th year) will assist in the development of a suite of physiological assessments designed to understand fatigue, shortness of breath and physical activity in patients with of COVID long. The researcher will also assist in the development and testing of the effectiveness of the new intervention for Long COVID (“Balance-ACT”), which includes the use of data from wearable devices. They will participate in qualitative interviews with patients and healthcare professionals to get their perspective on the new intervention.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists working in all areas of physical and mental health under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Jolley and Dr. Gerrard Rafferty. The work will be carried out in the laboratories of the Center for Physiological and Applied Sciences in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at King’s College Hospital on the Denmark Hill campus of King’s College London. The post holder will work closely with fellow clinicians in the community and King’s Health Partners Long COVID hospital services, with strong links to the Department of Psychological Medicine. The incumbent will be responsible for the daily management of physiological testing, recruitment and consent of Long COVID patients. The post holder will receive comprehensive training in all relevant aspects of physiological monitoring including cardiorespiratory and muscle function testing.

This position will be offered on a 12-month fixed-term contract. Possible extension until 31/03/2025
This is a part-time position – 50% full-time equivalent

Main responsibilities

5th year research assistant

• Undertake high quality research consistent with an active contribution to research in line with the objectives of the project

• Develop a suite of physiological assessments aimed at understanding fatigue, shortness of breath, and physical activity in patients with long COVID.

• Assistance with qualitative interviews in the pilot study before a randomized controlled trial.

• Obtain relevant project approvals – ethics / HRA / R&D.

• Prepare project documents, including evaluation files and letters from participants

• Assist in the management of electronic data files and original data, including data entry

• Maintain excellent working relationships with the entire research team and CTU

• Develop close working relationships with physicians in the various clinics across KHP.

• Adhere to ethical procedures (including obtaining informed consent from participants)

• Help coordinate aspects of the study so that all approvals and assessments are ready for the start of an RCT in year 2.

• Develop test documentation and master file.

• Assist in the preparation of treatment manuals and information sheets for patients and staff.

• Assistance with recruitment and screening in the various clinics.

• Assistance with trial evaluation procedures.

• Comply with King’s College London health and safety regulations and policies, Good Laboratory Practice, GDPR and GCPs. Working in accordance with the policies of our partner NHS Trust (King’s College Hospital & Guy’s & St Thomas’).

• Know and respect the guidelines for biomedical research set out in the Declaration of Helsinki (2013).

• Work according to good clinical practice guidelines.

• Take responsibility for personal professional development

• Carry out the research project with appropriate supervision according to an agreed timetable

• Attend and, where appropriate, present research results at internal meetings and external conferences.

• Assist in the writing of articles and the analysis of relevant data and, where appropriate, lead the articles.

• Any other duties appropriate to the grade as directed by supervisors.

6th year research associate

• Share skills by training others and a willingness to collaborate

• Undertake high quality research consistent with an active contribution to research in line with the objectives of the project

• Develop a suite of physiological assessments aimed at understanding fatigue, shortness of breath, and physical activity in long COVID patients.

• Assistance with qualitative interviews in the pilot study before a randomized controlled trial.

• Obtain relevant project approvals – ethics / HRA / R&D.

• Prepare project documents, including evaluation files and letters from participants

• Assist in the management of electronic data files and original data, including data entry

• Maintain excellent working relationships with the extended research team and CTU

• Develop close working relationships with physicians in the various clinics across KHP.

• Adhere to ethical procedures (including obtaining informed consent from participants)

• Help coordinate aspects of the study so that all approvals and assessments are ready for the start of an RCT in year 2.

• Develop test documentation and master file.

• Assist in the preparation of treatment manuals and information sheets for patients and staff.

• Assistance with recruitment and screening in the various clinics.

• Assistance with trial evaluation procedures.

• Comply with King’s College London health and safety regulations and policies, Good Laboratory Practice, GDPR and GCPs. Working in accordance with the policies of our partner NHS Trust (King’s College Hospital & Guy’s & St Thomas’).

• Know and respect the guidelines for biomedical research set out in the Declaration of Helsinki (2013).

• Work according to good clinical practice guidelines.

• Take responsibility for personal professional development

• Carry out the research project with appropriate supervision according to an agreed timetable

• Attend and, where appropriate, present research results at internal meetings and external conferences.

• Assist in the writing of articles and the analysis of relevant data and, where appropriate, lead the articles.

• Any other duties appropriate to the grade as directed by supervisors.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the post.

Skills, knowledge and experience

5th year research assistant

Essential criteria

1. Applicants will need a BSc (2:1) / MSc (Merit) in Health Sciences / Physiology / Sports and Exercise Medical Sciences (or related field).

2. Good knowledge of cardiorespiratory and muscular physiology.

3. Previous experience in physiological measurement of heart, lung or muscle function

4. Good communication skills

5. Ability to work effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs and other agencies

6. Good organizational and time management skills

7. Enthusiasm and ability to work under pressure

Desirable criteria

1. Previous work experience in a healthcare facility

2. Previous experience in project management and/or research

3. Presentation of research at national/international meetings

4. Basic statistical knowledge

5. Personal involvement in physiological research

6th year research assistant

Essential criteria

1. PhD in Health Sciences/Physiology/Medical Sports and Exercise Sciences (or related field).

2. Good knowledge of cardiorespiratory and muscular physiology.

3. Previous experience in physiological measurement of heart, lung or muscle function

4. Good communication skills

5. Ability to work effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs and other agencies

6. Good organizational and time management skills

7. Enthusiasm and ability to work under pressure

8. Basic statistical knowledge

Desirable criteria

1. Previous work experience in a healthcare facility

2. Previous experience in project management and/or research

3. Presentation of research at national/international meetings

4. Personal involvement in physiological research

Please note that this is a PhD level position, however applicants who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting their PhD will be considered. In these circumstances, the appointment will be in 5th year, spine 30 with the title of research assistant. Upon confirmation of the PhD award, the job title will change to Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.