Clinical Research Nurse

Job summary

We are looking for a Clinical Research Nurse to work together with a multi-disciplinary team on cutting-edge studies that seek to understand how respiratory viral infections (including influenza, RSV and coronaviruses) cause severe disease. Respiratory viruses are among the most important causes of hospitalisation and death around the world but why some people get more severely ill than others and how to effectively prevent this are still...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01947
  • Date posted 28 July 2020
  • Closing date 27 August 2020

Job description

Job summary

We are looking for a Clinical Research Nurse to work together with a multi-disciplinary team on cutting-edge studies that seek to understand how respiratory viral infections (including influenza, RSV and coronaviruses) cause severe disease.

Respiratory viruses are among the most important causes of hospitalisation and death around the world but why some people get more severely ill than others and how to effectively prevent this are still unclear. Importantly, there are still few specific treatments and vaccines (where available) need to be greatly improved. You will work with a group of enthusiastic and dedicated doctors, research nurses, scientists and students with a shared mission to combat the global health burden of respiratory infections. Together you will implement studies to systematically investigate how the nose and lung respond to respiratory viral infection and better understand how novel treatments and vaccines might be developed.

You will work in the Respiratory Virus Immunity Group under Dr Chris Chiu (www.imperial.ac.uk/people/c.chiu), who is a leader in human viral infection studies. More generally, the work will take place in a world-class environment, where collaboration continually takes place between scientists; clinical triallists working on new vaccines; and clinical researchers studying how to improve patient outcomes at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. This will provide you with unparalleled opportunities to develop your expertise across all these areas of experimental medicine and translational research.

 

Duties and responsibilities

You will help implement clinical studies in which volunteers are enrolled, inoculated with viruses, and monitored over the course of infection. Also, you will help recruit patients admitted with acute respiratory infections. To ensure the overall safe and well-regulated conduct of these studies, you will assist with the ethics and project management of the clinical studies. Along with other research nurses and clinical fellows, you will

  • liaise with healthy volunteers and patients
  • screen participants for enrolment
  • monitor participants during in-patient stays
  • undertake clinical study procedures (including phlebotomy, nasal sampling and assisting with bronchoscopy)
  • collect and input clinical data.

You will have an honorary contract with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and work closely with the Imperial Clinical Research Facility.

Essential requirements

You should be fully qualified in nursing with a good track record of post-registration experience. Previous experience in research and respiratory medicine or infectious diseases is essential.

You should

  • ideally be able to take clinical specimens, including blood and respiratory samples, independently and reliably
  • have excellent organisational skills
  • have excellent communication skills with both patients/participants and colleagues
  • work well in a team environment and be able to encourage and support colleagues
  • be pro-active and able to complete tasks autonomously, while asking for help when necessary.

Ideally, you will also have experience of experimental medicine studies or clinical trials. However, all necessary training and support will be provided along with opportunities for career development.

Further information

This post is full-time, fixed term for 12 months in the first instance. It is available with an immediate start date and based mainly at the Hammersmith Campus with some traveling to the St Mary’s Campus as required.

You should hold a nursing qualification with registration at the NMC.

Salary: £31,365 - £37,890 (plus an inner London allowance up to £6,890 pa)

For further information about the position, please contact Dr Chris Chiu (c.chiu@imperial.ac.uk; www.imperial.ac.uk/people/c.chiu).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, at the appropriate level, will be required for the successful candidate.

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.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research

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.

To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference.

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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.