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About the role

Joining the Genetic Epidemiology Research Group, you will project manage and oversee all aspects of the successful delivery of the UK-REACH Study: United Kingdom Research Study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare workers’. UK-REACH is a DHSC/UKRI rapid research mixed-methods study with the aim of investigating, if, how and why, ethnicity affects COVID-19 clinical outcomes in Healthcare workers.

You will work closely with Professor Manish Pareek, UK-REACH Chief Investigator to oversee and assist with the delivery of five interlinked work packages. You will be responsible for identifying, establishing and running project management structures to oversee and manage research deliverables. You will provide administrative support to ensure that meetings are arranged and that research activities are carried out smoothly with milestones in research progress achieved and reported on. You will also be required to carry out the drafting of documents for the research team, the writing of reports, and assist in editing and preparing manuscripts for publication.

The UK-REACH Study sits within the University of Leicester’s Genetic Epidemiology Group’s portfolio of projects which is led by Professor Tobin and managed by Dr Laura Venn, Research Manager in Digital Health. This will provide an opportunity to understand and reflect on project management approaches across different projects and stakeholders in a supportive environment, and to engage with Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). UK REACH investigators are also embedded in the BREATHE Digital Innovation Hub for respiratory health and in the Midlands Site of HDR UK. The systems for recruitment and management of participation in the UK-REACH Study will utilise tried and tested systems utilised in the EXCEED study. The postholder will be expected to understand the systems used in both projects, and to apply learning across projects.

The HDR UK Digital Innovation Hub Programme (DIH) aims to enable a UK-wide life sciences ecosystem that provides responsible and safe access to health data, technology and science, and provides research and innovation services to help answer important health and care questions for patients, the NHS, charities, industry, academic researchers and innovators.

BREATHE, the Health Data Research UK Hub for respiratory health will create Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) respiratory rich datasets, providing expert support to catalyse their responsible use in respiratory research and innovation. Once established the Hub will offer a ‘one-stop’ service for trustworthy, multi-stakeholder utilisation of curated data for public, private and third sector benefit. Its remit includes responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BREATHE involves multiple Universities including Edinburgh, Imperial College, Leicester, Nottingham and Swansea and you may be required to travel to other UK centres.

About you

The post requires an experienced, self-motivated individual with excellent organisational and communication skills to oversee the completion of five interlinked project work packages. You will work closely with study stakeholders and co-investigators providing administrative and project support to ensure that study activities are carried out smoothly. The work requires the project holder to handle a varied workload, with an understanding of multicentre academic and clinical research collaborations, excellent attention to detail and confidentiality of data and other information. The ability to communicate the underlying medical and scientific rationale of the UK-REACH study to a wide professional audience is essential.

Additional information

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome and should be made to Professor Martin Tobin (martin.tobin@leicester.ac.uk) or Dr Manish Pareek (manish.pareek@leicester.ac.uk).

Interviews will take place by video conference and the successful appointees may need to work from home initially. 

 Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. The University is ranked within the top 25 UK Universities in all international league tables and we are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

We offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.