The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Research Assistant

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Context and Role

National institute of Health Research, UK has funded a project to develop a consortium of national and international researchers who will collaborate to develop and conduct evidence-based hig quality research for stroke care in India. The project is led by University of Central Lancashire, England, with collaborators at George Institute India, AIIMS (New Delhi), CMC (Ludhiana) and SriChitra Institute (Trivandrum). George Institute provides the overall coordination of the project in India and the other three Indian centres are the clinical sites.

The Research Assisstant (RA) will be a member of the above project. The RA will be involved in the monitoring and evaluation of the above project and will be involved in preparation and planning for those activities, conduct site visits, follow up with the clinical sites and liaise with clinical team members to ensure they adhere to the protocol and regulatory and ethical standards and deliver the study within timelines, ensure appropriate documentation, and participate in team meetings as per need.

Reporting Relationships

The Research Assistant direcly reports to Research Fellow in India.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare, plan, organise and conduct pre-study (site selection) visits and report on these visits to assist in site selection
  • Prepare for, plan, organise and conduct site initiation visits
  • Assist in the development of appropriate monitoring tools
  • Motivate and train investigators and ensure that the study site personnel have a good understanding of the protocol, and the requirements of the study and that they can fulfil their obligations to conduct the study accurately and as per deadlines
  • Motivate investigators and ensure that the study site personnel enrol the target number of eligible subjects within timelines
  • Monitor study sites through personal visits, emails and telephone calls
  • Verify quality, completion, and timeliness of data
  • Complete and efficiently resolve data and audits queries and issues
  • Adhere to the study protocol and study procedures manual
  • Adhere to ICH/GCP and other regulatory guidelines and requirements as relevant to this trial including reporting of adverse events/serious adverse events as needed
  • Complete all monitoring visit and progress reports accurately within the predetermined timeframe
  • Collect and review essential documents from study sites and ensure they are appropriately stored/managed in-house
  • Assist participating centre research staff in the local management of the study where required
  • Maintain study information using the clinical trial management system
  • Manage effective communication with the key stakeholders (outside vendors, Research Coordinators, etc)

As a Team Member:

  • Participate in team meetings and activities
  • Participate in special projects to improve processes, tools, systems and organization of GI India
  • Take responsibility for personal learning and development and for setting achievable and meaningful work objectives and managing personal targets, meeting obligations of the Institute’s Performance Management and Development Policy
  • Demonstrate commitment to GI’s values, including performing to an exceptionally high ethical standard and focus on integrity, collaboration and teamwork in all efforts

Work, Health and Safety

  • Comply with GI’s Work Health and Safety Policy and related procedures, and similar policies which apply when visiting the premises of affiliates and collaborating sites
  • Promote and contribute to a safe, secure environment for staff and visitors

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Qualifications:  Tertiary qualifications in a related science or health care discipline, research background with post-graduate qualifications preferred
  • Experience of 2 years experience in clinical operation within an academic, CRO or pharmaceutical environment
  • Demonstrated capability to produce outcomes and achieve objectives within agreed time periods
  • Strong problem solving, analytical skills, and proven strategic thinking;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with high level of proficiency in English and the ability to work well autonomously
  • Excellent team-work skills, with demonstrated ability to collaborate in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and to be adaptable to changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments
  • Strong focus on producing the highest quality of work and on ensuring optimum accuracy of outputs
  • Well organised and efficient, with the capacity to work under pressure

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their applications to by 22 April 2018, clearly stating the job title ‘Research Assistant’ in the subject line.

The application should include resume with full contact details of three referees
and a detailed cover letter addressing the specific roles and responsibilities and experience 
requirements, as described above