Clinical Research Fellow

Job summary

The Department of Medicine at Imperial College London is one of the largest teaching and research departments in the UK with a reputation for excellence and a vibrant and international working community. It has an annual research spend of £60M, approximately 900 staff, of which around 200 are academic staff, and a cohort of around 400 PhD students. The Department is made up of five Divisions that in turn are divided into a number of...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01202
  • Date posted 12 June 2019
  • Closing date 12 July 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Medicine at Imperial College London is one of the largest teaching and research departments in the UK with a reputation for excellence and a vibrant and international working community. It has an annual research spend of £60M, approximately 900 staff, of which around 200 are academic staff, and a cohort of around 400 PhD students. The Department is made up of five Divisions that in turn are divided into a number of Sections/Centres spread across a number of campuses including Hammersmith, St Mary’s and Charing Cross hospitals and the College’s South Kensington campus. The Department also has a number of staff based overseas.

Kath Maitland is a Professor of Paediatric Tropical Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow at MRC Clinical Trials Unit, University College, London. She has been based full-time in East Africa for the last 18 years, where she leads a research group that have highlighted the unique importance of emergency-care research as a highly targeted and cost-effective means of tackling childhood mortality in resource-limited sub-Saharan Africa hospitals.

In 2018, she won a grant from EDCTP to study the effect of the nutrition supplement after severe pneumonia. This will be an extra randomisation in the Children’s Oxygen Administration Strategies Trial (COAST) trial. The COAST trial is being currently conducted in 5 centres in Uganda and Kenya. We require a specialist in respiratory medicine to assist with training, enrolling and oversite and input into the sub-studies funded by EDCTP and included in the amended protocol (COAST Nutrition). These include a biomarker sub-study: to examine whether biomarkers alone or in combination with clinical signs can classify individuals into groups with defined characteristics e.g. radiographic consolidation to assist with refining the primary and secondary endpoints for the trial. The second study includes assessment of Long-term lung function to conduct non-invasive tests of lung function 6 months after enrolment into the trial.

Duties and responsibilities

This post provides a unique opportunity for a clinically qualified individual with a keen interest in global health and translational research. The post is funded as part of the COAST trial group to support research and clinical training in KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya. The post holder will be a key member of the clinical team that are conducting a Phase III trial. They will support and have a major input into the two key sub-studies (biomarker and lung function), and will form the primary link between the clinical and research team, and external research collaborators including industry partners for this trial. Our collaborators also include some of the world leaders in non-invasive ventilation. 

Essential requirements

The successful post-holder will hold a MBBS with intercalated BSc, and will have an interest in infectious diseases or related discipline (including global health). They will have completed their foundation training, will be a Registered Medical Practitioner with the General Medical Council, and will be able to demonstrate their commitment to a career track in respiratory medicine or paediatrics. The post-holder will have both interest and experience in teaching, the ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a small team, and the ability to exercise initiative, and a creative approach to problem-solving with the ability to develop and apply new concepts swiftly. They will have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to interact with a range people and write for publication purposes. The post-holder will also have excellent presentation skills and, crucially for this role, the ability to travel to overseas sites.

Further information

Please note this is a re-advertisement; previous applicants need not apply.

Salary: £33,127 - £58,593 per annum or £37,127 - £47,132 per annum (if the successful applicant has transitioned to the new junior doctor pay scales before appointment.)

This post is offered on a fixed term basis for one year in the first instance. The Department of Medicine has an established culture of supporting and developing staff. You will be provided on-the-job training and rewarded with generous benefits and strong career prospects within well-defined and achievable career paths at the forefront of scientific advancement.

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for the successful candidate. Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/ or by telephoning 0870 90 90 811. You may also wish to view the College’s policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.

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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 https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

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.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

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.