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Job opportunity - PenCTU Trial Manager (TARS)

Posted on September 26th 2016

The Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) have a vacancy for an experienced Trial Manager/Researcher to join their growing trial management team to predominantly support the TARS (a multi-centred Trial of physical Activity assisted Reduction of Smoking) study.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with clinical trials experience to join a CTU which has retained full registration status from the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) since 2007. PenCTU has a growing portfolio of studies, funded by the NIHR and other major non-commercial research funding bodies and is also seeking to explore opportunities to support commercial trials.

The Trial Manager will primarily focus on trial management duties associated with TARS, a pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a physical activity counselling and smoking reduction intervention, among smokers not wishing to quit, on long-term smoking cessation. 

We are looking for a suitably experienced person, with energy and enthusiasm to grasp new opportunities and help shape the future of the PenCTU within a committed team.  The successful candidate will be working closely with the Chief Investigator and a team of trial managers, data managers, programmers and other members of the study team to ensure successful delivery of the study's aims and objectives.  There will also be opportunities to gain experience on other clinical studies in the PenCTU portfolio.

Applicants must have a good knowledge of all stages in the life cycle of clinical trials with recent experience in the management of randomised controlled trials, preferably within an academic environment.  Experience of managing trials of complex interventions would be particularly beneficial, as would prior experience of working in the smoking cessation or addictions field.  A detailed knowledge of NHS research governance and the regulatory requirements governing the conduct of clinical trials in the UK is essential, along with a good understanding of NHS research infrastructure and funding.

The ideal candidate will have a degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, preferably to post-graduate level, will write fluently, have excellent oral communication skills, be highly organised, demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and be able to effectively prioritise workload.  Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is essential.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16 October 2016, with interviews likely to be held during the week commencing 31 October 2016. This full time post is offered on a fixed term contract with a flexible start date but preferably from December 2016, for up to 46 months in the first instance. 

For further information about the post and PenCTU hours please contact Siobhan Creanor on

To discuss the trail, please contact Prof Adrian Taylor, the Chief Investigator for the TARS study, on to arrange a phone conversation if required. 

For more information, or to apply for this position, please visit the Plymouth University webpage and use reference code A5040.

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