BioResource Assistant

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Closing date: 29th November

BioResource Assistant

Newcastle University

The Role
The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has received funding from NIHR to continue as a partner in the national NIHR BioResource initiative. The Faculty Office is looking to appoint an Assistant to support local activity for the NIHR BioResource involving recruitment of patients in order to contribute their samples and associated research data to the central BioResource. The NIHR Newcastle BRC has a broad remit to support experimental medicine and translational research across five main research themes (Dementia, Liver Disease, Musculoskeletal Disease, Neuromuscular Disease and Skin & Oral Disease) to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Ageing Syndromes such as Sarcopenia, Frailty and Multimorbidity. The NIHR Newcastle BRC is part of a comprehensive national network of 20 BRCs across England.

You will support the BioResource Manger, having responsibility for the sample collection, ensuring relevant data collection, sample storage and processing requirements are adhered to and good governance is followed. You will work closely with research theme leads, principal investigators, and professional services to support the delivery of BioResource activity, including identification of potential volunteer and patient cohorts, implementation of systems necessary for safe and ethical collection of tissue samples to ensure full compliance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements, and participation in national meetings across the UK, as required, to develop Newcastles approach to managing the NIHR BioResource in line with organisational strategy.

You will have relevant experience in a research, scientific, project management, pharmaceutical or medical environment role, with a good level of literacy and numeracy and good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages. You will be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, and excellent organisational skills. Knowledge and understanding of regulatory issues, specifically with regard to the Human Tissue Act or medical ethics is desirable.

The role is full time, fixed term initially 12 months. For any informal enquiries, please contact Dr Emma Raine (, BioResource Manager.

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