Vacancy Details

Research Assistant Intern at UCL GOSICH Clinical Neurosciences - Exclusive to UCL Talent Bank
Location: London
Position: Science
Salary: £9.75 per hour (London Living Wage)
Date Posted: 15 March 2017
Vacancy Type: UCL Talent Bank
Job Description:
Company: UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health - Clinical Neurosciences section
Job title: Research Assistant Intern
Job type: Part-time Internship
Location: London WC1N 1EH
£9.75 (London Living Wage)
Start-date: April 2017
Duration: 3 months fixed term until June 2017
Working Hours: 15 hours (2 days per week)
Deadline: 4pm Monday 27th March 2017
The Company
The section's strategic aim is to minimise the clinical impact of neurological disease by improving diagnosis, studying disease mechanisms and evaluating novel therapeutic strategies.
The Role

An enthusiastic and professional individual is sought for an exciting three month internship opportunity for 2 days a week based at the UCL-Institute of Child Health and supported by Vitaflo. The individual will provide data entry, data management and general research support to a high quality feasibility (phase 1) clinical trial for an alternative to a ketogenic diet for the management of epilepsy in Children and Adults (a MCT, product called Betashot will be the intervention).

This post is best suited for a final year student or recent graduate keen to gain valuable hands on experience within clinical research. 

The intern will benefit from:

• Gaining experience on a first in man feasibility and tolerability clinical trial
• Preparing clinical trial documents
• Clinical research data entry and management
• Opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary research team

The post holder will need excellent attention to detail, communication and time management skills in order to perform the necessary tasks. 

The trial involves three visits where bloods and urine are collected.  The sites involved in this trial are: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH) and the satellite site of UCLH at Chalfont St. Peters. Recruitment is expected to last a year and started back in July 2016, the target is 80 patients (40 children and 40 adults). 

The project aims to determine the feasibility and tolerability of Betashot in this cohort of patients.  The aim is to get Betashot on prescription in the UK for this population of patients.  Eligible patients will have to be MCAD negative to start on Betashot as a safety precaution.  Quality of life forms are completed at the first and last visits on the trial.

Assessments on the trial will include medical and seizure history, neurological and anthropometric examination, administration of quality of life questionnaires, and biochemical investigations. They will maintain a patient diary while on the product to record number of seizures and any adverse events.

An electronic CRF system has been developed and will be where data entry is required.

Accountable To:   Professor J H Cross

Based at: UCL- Institute of Child Health, Clinical Neurosciences

Recruitment Process
The candidate(s) who best outline their suitability and motivation for this role will be shortlisted and their applications will be sent to the company. The company will then choose which candidates to interview.

Applicants from all degree backgrounds are welcome,and the internship will be particularly suitablefor those with backgrounds in:

  • UCL Institute of Neurology
  • UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • UCL Life Sciences Faculty
  • UCL Chemistry
  • UCL Natural Sciences
  • UCL Mathematics
  • UCL Statistical Science
  • UCL Medical Sciences Faculty
  • UCL Population Health Faculty
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office packages is required.


Note: By applying for this vacancy below, you confirm that you are a current UCL student, recent UCL graduate or member of UCL research staff only. You must submit a cover letter tailored specifically to this role as part of the application.

Due to the high amount of interest that we receive for each of our roles, we will unfortunately be unable to respond to each application individually. Only successful applicants will be contacted directly by the recruiter offering this vacancy.

If you are a current undergraduate / postgraduate or recent graduate, we advise that you book an appointment to have your application checked with one of our Application Advisors at UCL Careers.

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