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Research Support Officer - Clinical

Job Posted: 06 Apr 2018
Closing Date for Applications: 27 Apr 2018
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €44,735-€52,713 (Clinical Nurse Manager 1, Scale B)

Position Summary

The APC Microbiome Institute was formed in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and in conjunction with key industry partners. It represents a seamless collaboration between UCC, Teagasc, Moorepark and CIT. It is widely recognised that the gut microbiota plays an important role in human health and has become one of the most dynamic, complex and exciting areas of research in both food and pharmaceutical arenas. Over the last decade the APC has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The APC has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1700 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC comprises over 300 researchers, including Principal Investigators, the management team, and a dedicated group of research scientists, research assistants and postgraduates students.

We are currently recruiting for a 1 x Clinical Nurse Manager in the Human Studies Platform.

Clinical Nurse Manager I (Unique Position ID: NUR42018)

Required Qualifications/Experience: Registered Nurse, current Irish Nursing Board certification, experience of working with the patients, enrolling subjects to studies and valid clinical endorsements.

The appointee will be based at and will work as part of a multi-centre team including UCC, Cork University Hospital, and Teagasc Moorepark studying the role of gut bacteria in humans, in both health and disease.

Post duration: 

Salary: €44,735-€52,713 (Clinical Nurse Manager 1, Scale B)

Project: Human Studies

ROLE SUMMARY

A Research Support Officer Clinical will work under the direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader to manage, co-ordinate and implement various clinical research studies to support the research project/area. This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g. BSc, MSc or PhD employed for the purpose of supporting a research project/area.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

PROFESSIONAL

  • Provide a high standard of clinical research work within a multi-professional research team.
  • Ensure clinical research work is conducted in accordance with clinical research protocols.
  • To regularly assess the needs of the research project/area and effect any changes as required.
  • To participate in internal and external working groups to develop and share evidence based best practice.
  • To undertake research, working under the direction of a Principal Investigator or their nominee in clinical areas to support the research project/area.

RESEARCH

  • Manage, coordinate, organize and implement basic science and clinical trial protocols to support the research project/area.
  • To ensure accurate collection and maintenance of all study records, including those of team members.
  • To actively participate in recruiting patients for trials, liaising with other professional groups and research staff to achieve this as required.
  • When appropriate, assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to support the research project/area.
  • Facilitate effective communication of complex study information with all relevant research personnel, including: medical, nursing, administrative and pharmacy staff, as required.
  • Conduct observational trials and clinical trials.
  • Assist in recruiting trial participants and providing trial documentation.
  • Attend hospital wards or theatres and liaise with ward and surgical staff.
  • Liaise with laboratory staff and manage specimen transfer.
  • Provide a high standard of clinical research work within a multi-professional research team.
  • Ensure clinical research work is conducted in accordance with clinical research protocols.
  • To regularly assess the needs of the research project/area and effect any changes as required.
  • Responsible for assisting the physician and delivering direct/indirect patient care to those patients requiring endoscopic procedures.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs and sample collection (including blood, saliva, stool).
  • Monitor and report adverse events.
  • To undertake research, working under the direction of a Principal Investigator in clinical areas to support the research project/area.
  • A commitment to networking at national & local level with other IBD nurses & medical colleagues through regional groups & conferences is essential.
  • Draft protocols for ethical/HPRA (previously IMB) approval.
  • Implementation of clinical interventions in collaboration with APC and primary healthcare staff.

MANAGEMENT

  • Manage own workload, patient interviews and co-coordinating investigations and procedures and arranging any follow up necessary for complex research trials, as required.
  • Develop effective working partnership with staff, ensuring the two-way flow of all necessary documentation and information.
  • Report adverse events to Principal Investigator or his/her nominee and ensure completion of appropriate documentation.
  • Inform the Principal Investigator or his/her nominee of any untoward incidents or problem areas affecting the research project/area.
  • Compile information for and accurately complete project reports for delegated studies.
  • Promote effective teamwork, initiate and support management of change within the research project/area, as required.
  • Ensure safe use of equipment in the research area.

EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT

  • Participate in teaching programmes for staff as required.
  • Act as role model, encouraging staff to develop new ways of working.
  • Assist/educate participants in research protocols and methodologies.
  • Recognise and use spontaneous and formal learning opportunities and share knowledge and experience with other staff.
  • Continue to maintain and develop personal and management skills by undertaking mandatory and other training as required.
  • Support research staff in the implementation and organisation of basic science and clinical trial protocols when appropriate.

The list of duties detailed above is not intended to be exclusive or restrictive and may be adjusted dependent on the area of research.

CRITERIA

  • A graduate qualification in a field or discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc, MSc or PhD.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of good clinical practice, preferably with a current GCP certificate
  • 3 years clinical research experience/interest in clinical research.
  • Clinical research experience/interest in clinical research.
  • IT skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives.
  • Full registration as R.G.N. with the An Bord Altranais.
  • Phlebotomy Certification Required.
  • GCP certification desired.
  • Ability to recruit & retain eligible research study participants.
  • Must be committed to improving the quality of care for patients.
  • Full, clean driving, licence and access to a car (for sample collection).
  • Flexible.
  • High level of initiative.
  • High level of interpersonal skills.
  • Must have the ability to work in a complementary role to medical colleagues & other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the APC’s Public Engagement programme, by being involved in science related dissemination activities for the public and schools.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Susan Rafferty-McArdle

Title: Dr

Email Address: s.rafferty@ucc.ie

Telephone: 021 4901753

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, your C.V. and the contacts of at least two referees, quoting UNIQUE ID: NUR42018 to Gráinne Heelan, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email: apc.administrator@ucc.ie, Tel: +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 27 April 2018.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL: http://www.ucc.ie/research/apc/content/.



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