University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Support Assistant

Research Support Assistant

John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU

Contract type: Fixed term until 30 November 2024

Hours: Full-Time

About the role

We are looking for a Research Support Assistant to work in the Oxford Centre for Histopathology Research (OCHRe) in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, with occasional travelling required to the Churchill Hospital and Old Road Campus sites.

In this role you will be providing a high quality, comprehensive and professional service to support the processing of histopathology research requests, with particular focus on Oxford Cancer projects.

This role is available immediately for a fixed term until 30 November 2024. This is to help with cover while a team member is on maternity leave.

About you

The post-holder will be responsible for sourcing and auditing NHS consent forms to check whether or not patient histology samples can be used in research. You will then need to ensure that approvals from custodians of samples are obtained before they are used in research, track and request histology samples and keep accurate records of histology samples from the time they are requested to the time they are returned to their long-term storage location.

For this, you will be required to develop strong working relationships with many different colleagues across the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University, in order to locate and access consent records and histology. You will also be required to enter and manipulate data in Excel and prepare histology slides for scanning. Attention to detail is crucial in performing these tasks.

Depending on workload, there may be other tasks assigned to you, however they will be commensurate with the grade. You will need to hold an NHS Honorary Contract which we will organise, to enable you to check patient records.

Application Process

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application. Please quote reference NDSA911 on all correspondence.

Only applications received before noon Monday 4 December 2023 can be considered.

Interviews will be held on week commencing Monday 11 December 2023.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : Claire Wheeler Vacancy ID : 169336 Contact Phone : 01865 612299 Closing Date & Time : 04-Dec-2023 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 4 Contact Email : recruitmen[email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 4: £25,138 - £28,759 per annum

Job details


Research Support Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 15, 2023

Application deadline

December 04, 2023

Job type



Medicine,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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