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Research Associate

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Applications are invited for a Research Associate or Nurse at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, working under the supervision of Professor Huw Morris. The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team and will contribute to the continued success of three research projects into Parkinson's disease and Atypical Parkinsonism Syndromes.

The position is split across two locations: the Royal Free London and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN). The post holder will play an important role in recruitment, liaising with participants and the organisation of study logistics, administration of neuropsychological tests and assisting in the collection patient blood and spinal fluid samples.

Main duties of the job

The post is available immediately and is funded by the NIHR clinical research network for 12 months in the first instance.

We are keen to hear from enthusiastic Research Associates or Nurses who are keen to develop their research career, with a particular interest in neurodegeneration.

NHNN is a national and international leading centre of research, working collaboratively to expedite the translation of new insights from basic disease mechanisms into experimental medicine studies, clinical trials, treatments and rehabilitation techniques for the benefit of people with neurological disorders.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Educated to degree or an equivalent relevant experience, e.g. Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Genetic Counsellor, Allied Healthcare professional


  • Completed/working towards degree in the speciality or related field
  • Proven knowledge of GCP guidelines



  • Clinical research experience
  • Experience in delivering evidence based practice
  • Experience of explaining complex concepts to patients in a clear and simplified manner
  • Experience of acting as a patient advocate
  • Previous experience in audit and evaluation
  • Experience of working in the NHS


  • Experience of formal/informal teaching of patients and staff
  • Experience of genetics and/or neurology
  • Experience of phlebotomy, cannulation and management of central lines
  • Experience of administrating neuropsychological/cognitive assessments

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Ability to take charge and delegate duties
  • Able to work across organisational and professional boundaries
  • Computer literacy



  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively verbally

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to work effectively under pressure

Specific Requirements


  • Awareness of appropriate health and safety legislation

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Queen Square



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