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Research Assistant

Department of Clinical Research

Salary:  £37,531 to £42,875 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Thursday 30 March 2023
Reference:  ITD-CRD-2023-04

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the CureME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) research team in the Clinical Research Department in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The position is budgeted at 100% for the first three years of the project; this appointment will be offered until the end of August 2023 initially and expected to be renewed annually.

The role presents an exciting opportunity to join a small but dynamic team working on ME/CFS biomedical research, which includes the UK ME/CFS Biobank, the first of its kind in the UK.The UK ME/CFS Biobank is managed at LSHTM, and the samples are processed and stored at the University College London/Royal Free Hospital Biobank.  For more information on the work of CureME, please visit

The post holder will be a critically important member of the research team and will contribute to the preparation of study instruments, data collection, communication with participants, epidemiological and clinical data analysis, preparation of grant applications and peer-reviewed academic publications and reports.

The post holder will assist the ME/CFS Biobank Lead in all procedures related to contacting and recruiting participants. They will be responsible for i) organising the packs for blood collection and equipment for clinical assessment, ii) preparing the saliva kits with full instructions and mailing them to participants, iii) receiving the saliva samples, logging them, and transferring to labs. 

The post holder will also support the clinical research team by performing literature review and assisting with data cleaning, assisting with statistical analysis of complex datasets, publication, and report preparation, along with other dissemination activities, including online communication with patient groups.

The role would suit a committed career researcher, with an existing interest in clinical and/or epidemiological research. The successful applicant will have an MSc or equivalent higher degree in Med stats/Epidemiology, or demonstrable equivalent research experience, evidence of good organisational skills, including effective time management and ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, as part of a research team, excellent communication and organisational skills, and will be able to produce high-quality work with attention to detail on tight deadlines. They will need to be able to work both independently and as part of a team and to demonstrate initiative when faced with challenges. Further particulars are included in the job description.

The post is full-time 35 hours per week, 1.0 FTE and currently funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) until 31 August 2023 but we anticipate it being extended once year 2 funding confirmed. The post is available with an immediate start date. The salary will be on the Academic scale, Grade 5 scale in the range £37,531 - £42,875 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Wellbeing Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if appointed. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference ITD-CRD-2023-04

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.                

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