Clinical Research Fellow

Job summary

We are looking for a highly motivated clinician in training (Specialist Registrar Grade or equivalent) with an interest in infectious diseases and vaccines to investigate immunity in clinical volunteer studies involving SARS-CoV-2 human infection challenge and vaccination. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team focusing on human immunity against respiratory viral infections using exciting and unique studies of experimental...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED03576
  • Date posted 14 December 2022
  • Closing date 25 January 2023

Job description

Job summary

We are looking for a highly motivated clinician in training (Specialist Registrar Grade or equivalent) with an interest in infectious diseases and vaccines to investigate immunity in clinical volunteer studies involving SARS-CoV-2 human infection challenge and vaccination. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team focusing on human immunity against respiratory viral infections using exciting and unique studies of experimental infection/vaccination of volunteers.


You will join a dynamic group of clinical fellows, research nurses and scientists led by Prof Chris Chiu (www.imperial.ac.uk/people/c.chiu)  in the Department of Infectious Disease, to characterise the response to respiratory viruses and the effect of vaccines. This will accelerate the development of improved interventions against COVID-19, influenza and RSV infection.

Duties and responsibilities

You will work closely with research nurses, clinical project manager, other clinical fellows and laboratory scientists to set up and implement SARS-CoV-2 human challenge studies to identify determinants of susceptibility and protection against breakthrough infection. You will manage the clinical study, working with research nurses and other clinicians to recruit and screen and care for volunteers, administer virus, and obtain samples.


You should have a degree in Medicine and full GMC registration. It is essential that you are confident and skilled in practical clinical procedures; you will have a strong background in general medicine and, ideally, in one of the following disciplines: infectious diseases, virology, microbiology, immunology, or respiratory medicine. You should also have good written and verbal communication skills, analytical and proven problem solving/project completion abilities, demonstrable ability to work to deadlines and to work in a team.


If desired, you may be able to register for and work towards a higher degree and you will be appointed on an honorary contract with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. There will be no fixed clinical duties and no on-call, but as part of the Academic Health Science Centre you may be able to participate in clinical activities to maintain your skills and support the clinical respiratory or infection services (up to 6 hours per week maximum), which will facilitate delivery of the research programme. Training will be provided for all aspects of your role, from the clinical skills required to the organisational responsibilities and research skills that will allow your development as a clinical academic.

Essential requirements


  • A medical degree with GMC registration, with infection and/or respiratory medicine experience

  • An interest in immunity against respiratory infections and vaccinology

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

  • Meticulous attention to detail that will allow you to learn scientific technique and laboratory skills

  • A patient-centred approach, with excellent organisational skills

  • Excellent communication with patients and colleagues

Further information

The post is Full Time and Fixed Term for 1 or 2 years in the first instance based mainly at the Hammersmith and Chelsea & Westminster Campus with some travelling to the St Mary’s Campus as required which will provide an extremely rich clinical research environment, promoting translational research and the development of vaccines and new therapies. 


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.


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


 

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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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

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

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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