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Position opportunity: Research Assistant, UCD School of Medicine

  • College/Management Unit: UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences
  • School/Unit: UCD School of Medicine
  • Post Title: Research Assistant
  • Project: Building a risk calculator to inform Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
  • Post Duration: 12 months
  • Reports to: Principal Investigator: R. William G. Watson
  • HR Reference No.: 010371
  • HR Administrator: Laura Serrano

Prostate cancer represents a significant health care problem due to the dilemmas associated with its detection and treatment. The multi-disciplinary research team are working on an important clinical question of informing the need for a biopsy in the development of appropriate risk calculators at the time of diagnosis. This clinical question has been driven by the needs of the urologist and patients attending the rapid access clinics recently established by the National Cancer Control Programme. We propose that current clinical parameters combined with appropriate biomarkers will inform the need for a biopsy. This will impact on the patients outcome and quality of life but also alleviate the pressures on our already overburdened health care sector by reducing the need for biopsies.
A one year Research Assistant position is available to undertake the assessment of both blood and urine biomarkers using established platforms in clinical samples collected at the Rapid Access clinics across Ireland. They will work with the multi-disciplinary team made up of Clinicians, Research nurses, Scientists and statisticians. You will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training under the supervision and direction of Professor William Watson and Dr Antoinette Perry.

The primary purpose of the role is run the blood and urine biomarkers using the MSD platform and quantitative real-time PCR respectively, under best laboratory practice.

Further details here

Deadline for application: 1st June 2018