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Job Opportunities


Research Co-ordinator (Full Time/Part-time)

Wellcome Trust–MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge

Ref No:   RG12112

Salary: £27,629 to £32,958

Limit of tenure applies*


We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated person who wishes to gain experience in clinical and translational research in obesity and metabolic disease. This post would be ideally suited to research nurses, ward-based nurses or other health care professionals who wish to come out of the clinical environment to develop a career in research.


This position could also suit scientists wanting to move into research co-ordination. Experience of organisational/administrative work in addition to laboratory research would be an advantage.

You will be based at the Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where you will join Professor Farooqi’s internationally leading team of scientists and clinical researchers working to translate genetic findings into benefits for health ( Our research has led to multiple scientific discoveries in the area of metabolic disease and informs the design of therapies for patients with obesity and diabetes.


The ideal candidate should be educated to degree level in Biomedical Science or a closely related discipline (including Nursing). You will be responsible for the recruitment of participants, the accurate recording, extraction, checking and entry of clinical and genetic data onto bespoke databases and will contribute to the co-ordination and monitoring of a number of research studies. In addition to our work in obesity, we are opening up a new area of research into thinness.


Excellent communication, organisational and IT skills are essential.


This post is funded by the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre for a full time post, but applications will be considered from those wishing to work part-time office hours.


Proposed start date:  as soon as possible.


Applications should be submitted on-line via Apply on advertisement position Ref. RG12112 on


Informal enquiries can be made to Naomi Clark, Metabolic Research Laboratories, Level 4, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Box 289 Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ.  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Closing date:  24th May 2017.

* The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.