Administrative Assistant (Fixed Term)

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Administrative Assistant, NIHR BioResource for Translational Research

We are seeking an experienced administrator to support a growing team which enrols patients and healthy volunteers in ground-breaking health research. Our work contributes to the understanding and tackling of diseases at a national scale, including COVID-19 and rare diseases. This position will suit an individual with a keen eye for detail, who enjoys working within a fantastic team and engaging with members of the public.

About NIHR BioResource:

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

Further details can be found on our website:

About the role:

As Administrative Assistant you will be supporting our friendly Recruitment and Recall team by:

  • Dealing with enquiries
  • Liaising with volunteers to obtain consent, health and lifestyle information
  • Collating and inputting data
  • Carrying out general administrative tasks, such as ordering resources, arranging patient biosample collection
  • Occasionally attending events to promote our work and enrol more volunteers

About you:

Ideally you should:

  • Have administrative experience, including inputting data
  • Be competent in Microsoft Office applications; mainly Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be able to prioritise work effectively and have good organisational skills

What we offer:

The University offers a wide range of benefits, including flexible working, family friendly policies, an attractive pension scheme and 36 days' holiday (including public holidays). We encourage career development by providing extensive training & development opportunities.

This appointment is full-time, 36.5 hours per week; part-time down to 60% will be considered. Work-life balance is important and we are very open to discussion on flexible working, including hybrid working.

The post is available on a fixed-term basis until 30 November 2022 in the first instance. NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) on a 5-year funding cycle. It has been announced recently that NIHR BioResource will receive new funding for the next 5 year period, and it expects contracts to be extended beyond November 2022.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre). See the Further Information link below for full details and Person Specification.

We welcome informal queries about the vacancy or the application process - contact Jen Webster

This appointment requires a Research Passport application which will be applied for on receipt of acceptance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

How to apply:

Closing date: 3 July 2022

Interviews date to be confirmed

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply online' section of the advertisement published on the University's Job Opportunities pages. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RW31657 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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