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Research Support Officer Clinical

Job Posted: 20 Jul 2018
Closing Date for Applications: 17 Aug 2018
School: APC Microbiome Ireland
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €44,735 - €52,713 p.a. (Clinical Nurse Manager 1 Scale)

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.  

Clinical Nurse/Manager I (Unique Position ID: NUR5 2018)

Role Description: The nurse will support human studies in APC Microbiome Ireland.  One position will support all studies across the breadth of research in the APC including procurement of samples from patients or subjects including stool/blood/urine/biopsies etc. All documentation and administration in relation to these studies will be an essential duty.

Required Qualifications/Experience: The candidate should hold current registration as a RGN. Experience of working with the patients, enrolling subjects to studies is desirable. Experience or an interest in the gastroenterology would be advantageous.  Specialist knowledge and experience in relation to mother and baby care is essential for one post.

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


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

Contract Duration: 2 years

Project Title: NUR 5 2018 APC 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 of PhD employed for the purpose of supporting a research project/area.

Key Duties and Responsibilities


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities related to the APC Microbiome Ireland( at least 4 events annually)

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


  • A graduate qualification in a field or discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc, MSc or PhD.
  • Full registration as R.G.N.
  • Phlebotomy Certification Required
  • GCP certification desired
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of good clinical practice. 
  • 3 years Clinical research experience/interest in clinical research.
  • 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
  • IT skills.
  • Must have the ability to work in a complementary role to medical colleagues & other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to use initiative.
  • Able to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives.
  • 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: Dr Susan Rafferty-McArdle

Title: Operations Manager

Email Address:

Telephone: 021 4901753

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V with the contacts of two Referees. to Grainne Heelan, on or before the closing date 17th August 2018.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following

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