Research Assistant / Project Co-ordinator

Imperial College London

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Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant/Project Co-ordinator to work on a new study evaluating the impact of active school environments on young people’s health. It will examine the effect of school physical activity practices, the physical environment, and economic policies on children’s physical and related social, emotional health and educational attainment. The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research School of Public Health Research , and is part of the Children, Young People and Families programme .

You will work closely with Professor Sonia Saxena and Dr Bina Ram . Duties include being actively involved in recruiting schools and carrying out health assessments on young people in the school environment, and project co-ordination (database management, data quality checks). You will also be working with Clinical Research Networks, liaising with external organisations, and internal and external stakeholders. A Disclosure Barring Service Check (DBS) check is essential for the post, and travel to and from schools within Greater London is expected.

The post is based in the Child Health Unit in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health that aims to produce high quality research to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK and globally. The unit consists of clinicians, academics, pre- and post-doctoral clinical and non-clinical researchers. As a member of the Child Health Unit, you will be part of a vibrant research training environment and will be supported in your professional and personal development.

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will support the study set-up (ethical approvals, study materials, etc.,).
  • You will be the main liaison between stakeholders, schools, and the research team.
  • You will work closely with Clinical Research Networks to recruit schools and young people into the study.
  • You will be responsible for setting up and managing the participant study database (ensuring all records are up to date)
  • You will be actively involved in engaging with schools and young people, and carrying out health assessments of young people in the school environment.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring data quality.

Essential requirements

  • A Master’s degree in a science, health related, or relevant subject.
  • Skills in project and data management (i.e., setting up studies, creating study materials, creating study databases).
  • Experience of liaising with external organisations / facilitating meetings with collaborators, and internal/external stakeholders.
  • Experience of working with young people in the school environment
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the evolving needs of the study and team.
  • Ability to organise and manage work tasks efficiently, especially in response to deadlines.

Further information

This is a full-time, fixed term post and you will be based at Charing Cross Hospital Campus, which will change to West London (White City) towards the end of the year.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Bina Ram – [email protected].

The College is currently trialling a Work Location Framework until early 2023.  Hybrid working may be considered for this role and the role holder may be expected to work 60% or more of their time onsite, with 40% the minimum time spent onsite.  The opportunity for hybrid working will be discussed at interview.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA),which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.


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