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Clinical Research Fellow

Reference Number M00066


Location Main Campus (Gilmorehill)
College / Service College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
Department College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
Job Family Clinical
Position Type Full Time
Salary Range £30,685 - £53,132 (clin acad SpR)

Job Purpose
This is a 2 year post to facilitate clinical research experience and training within a research programme in Reproductive and Maternal
Medicine studying cardiovascular and metabolic disease in South Asian women in collaboration with the Institute of Cardiovascular
Medical Science. As a Clinical Research Fellow (CRF) this post will allow the development of research skills and production of data
which will allow the CRF to make application for external funding, which would be necessary to undertake a PhD Degree. Although
research will form the major component of these posts, participation in associated clinical duties and teaching will be incorporated
into the Job Plan.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
To develop research skills in order to ultimately become internationally competitive for a further clinical academic appointment once
the research is complete.

To carry out a research project that is in an area within one of the research priorities of the College of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
and Life Sciences (MVLS)

To perform further clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology commensurate with research project requirements.

To develop research skills in order to become productive in due course for further academic appointment.

To present findings at national and international conferences to a range of audiences, and to enhance the research profile of own
research group, the Centre and the College.

To deliver teaching material at a level appropriate to a postgraduate audience and to enhance learning and understanding.

To collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings / discussions, clinical meetings and appropriate research group
activities.

To keep up-to-date with recent literature and advances in the field / discipline.

To engage in continuous professional development.

To work towards a Higher Degree.

OBJECTIVES

The successful applicant will become involved closely in the academic activities of the College of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and
Life Sciences and will undertake an agreed programme of research. He/she will be strongly encouraged and supported to complete
research leading to a Higher Degree.

The Post - General Information


Clinical Research Fellowships offer medical graduates the opportunity for training in a range of research methodologies relevant to
modern biomedical research in Medicine and related specialities. Most Clinical Fellows will undertake research training to consolidate
career prospects, by participating in relevant research, which will usually form part of a further qualification or Higher Degree (MSc,
MD, PhD). Further funding may be required to achieve this. If further funding can be obtained, registration for an MD will be
strongly encouraged and the research will be planned with successful attainment of a Degree in mind. The post should make
individuals competitive for future NHS teaching hospital appointment or Academic Lecturer/Clinician Scientist awards.

Research Training
All Clinical Research Fellows will have a mentor assigned at the time of appointment. The mentor will usually become the supervisor
for any matriculated Higher Degree (see below). Clinical Research Fellows are encouraged to attend workshops and training in
generic transferable skills organised by the College Graduate School. In addition, attendance at taught course units (Statistics etc.)
in the College MSc programme may be possible. Regular attendance and contributions to research meetings of their group is
expected.

Higher Degrees
Clinical Research Fellows will usually undertake study towards a Higher Degree in the University of Glasgow. In the first instance
the University usually requires this to be an MSc where funding beyond one year is uncertain or until assessment of progress during
year one justifies transfer to an MD or PhD programme (without delaying final submission). In addition to an academic supervisor,
all postgraduate students will have an independent adviser. Either the adviser or supervisor must be a member of full-time
University academic staff.

Clinical Work
For registered medical practitioners an honorary NHS contract will be sought and will usually be at the grade of Honorary ST3 (or
equivalent). Clinical activities may be limited to those required for research training such as recruitment to trials and conduct of
clinical research. However, limited additional clinical experience will usually be available subject to the agreement of the supervisor
and NHS Services Clinical Director, with in-patient and out patient experience in Medicine and relevant Specialties. Where any
clinical activities of a Service nature extend beyond the usual working week, confirmation in advance of any such responsibilities
and agreement on additional payments must be obtained from appropriate NHS Services management. The individual will have a
contract with the NHS Services via the appropriate directorate/division, which will specify the agreed amount of clinical work and
the level of remuneration. Since the funding for this post does not include an element for clinical training or NHS service work, any
such clinical work must be arranged to avoid impacting substantially on research time.

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Funding Sources
This post will be funded initially by an Entry Level Fellowship for 2 years. It will be awarded on the basis of individual career
achievement to date and the likelihood of the Fellow contributing to an effective, existing research team. Salary will be on ST3
equivalent scale. As noted above, there may be opportunities for additional salary supplements providing NHS cover in Medicine
and related specialties (by negotiation with local NHS management and subject to prioritisation of research). In relation to such
supplements, the University will act as Paymaster only.

Research Training Base


The Clinical Research Fellow will be based in the Centre for Lifecourse Nutrition and Health within the School of Medicine and clinical
activities will be carried out at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Travel to collaborating sites for initiation and monitoring visits may be
required.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Mentorship from supervisors who are internationally recognised may be supplemented by access to relevant parts of local courses
including the MSc in Clinical Pharmacology, the Academic Foundation programme and the Graduate School’s tutorial programme.
For example, sections on biostatistics, ethics, research governance, measurement methods, reporting and writing skills will be
valuable.

Supervision
Supervision will be provided by Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, Professor Scott Nelson or Dr Dilys Freeman with collaborators from
the Institute of Cardiovascular Medical Science.

Teaching
There will be no regular commitment to teaching but research fellows are encouraged to contribute to both problem-based learning
and clinical teaching sessions for undergraduate medical students when research commitments allow.

Assessment of Progress
• All those matriculated for Higher Degrees will be subject to the Postgraduate School of the College for progress monitoring
programme. This is done according to the regulations set down in the University Calendar.
• Written progress reports on projects on a monthly basis.
• Research in Progress presentations, at least annually, to the Institute
• Reports/manuscripts of results of clinical trials undertaken, as appropriate.
• General assessment during clinical work and meetings.
• Annual interview by independent assessors.

Future
Research Fellows will either return to run-through training, be supported for further internal or externally funded fellowship to
complete a MD or PhD, or may become eligible for an academic training post.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


Knowledge/Qualifications

Essential

A1 MBChB or equivalent.
A2 Completed qualifications in higher specialist training to an appropriate level (e.g. MRCP).
A3 GMC registration.
A4 Possess National Training Number (NTN)

Desirable
B1 Intercalated BSc.
B2 MRCOG Part 1.

Skills

Essential:
C1 Evidence of an interest in academic medicine
C2 Appropriate IT skills
C3 Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
C4 Ability to work constructively with staff at all levels
C5 Potential for good international research profile
C6 Ability for independent thought to generate original hypothesis leading to Fellowship or grant winning.
C7 Ability to accept collegiate responsibilities and act accordingly.
C8 Strong interpersonal skills, ability to get on well with colleagues and also strong ambitions in the field.
C9 Ability to communicate specialist knowledge in this area (both written and oral) to clinicians, patients, research staff and line
manager.

Desirable:
D1 Successful record of writing and publishing research
D2 Good Presentation skills
D3 Ability to work as a team member
D4 Proactive and efficient administrative ability
D5 Excellent research skills

Experience

Essential:
E1 Ability to contribute significantly to a defined project and develop research potential
E2 Deliver clinical care in chosen speciality and/or participate in teaching
E3 Experience of presenting research work at national and international conferences

Desirable:
F1 Ability to apply successfully for further funding

Job Features
Dimensions
Maintain involvement in research plans on an ongoing basis throughout post. Production of publications as appropriate to subject
specialism within appropriate agreed timescales / period. Undertake teaching in accordance with areas of competence. Develop

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applications for external funding.

Planning and Organising


Effective organisation skills to manage time and prioritise.
Multi-tasking as required.

Decision Making
Key role in decisions on experimental approaches, publication strategies, attendance at meetings.
Prepare and submit applications for the Ethics Committee.

Internal/External Relationships
Where appropriate, facilitate communication with other research groups in the UK.
Present data and information at internal and external meetings.
Liaise with Institute colleagues to exchange information and ensure efficient working.
Receive supervision of research.

Problem Solving
Regularly required to solve day-to-day problems e.g. relating to equipment, the interpretation of data generated from practical
work.
Establishing and maintaining a reputation and track record of publications and identifying potential sources of funding and making
application.

Other
Giving presentations at national and international conferences.
Attending appropriate training events to maintain continuing professional development.

The salary will be on the Clinical Research Fellow grade of the scales for academic staff; £30,685 - £53,132 per annum. The post
carries an additional entitlement depending on "on call" responsibilities. This is paid under a separate arrangement with the NHS for
which the University acts as paymaster only.

An honorary clinical contract of appropriate seniority will be arranged by application to the NHS.

This post is available for two years and will terminate at the end of the periods of training. These posts are justifiably fixed-term,
under the Fixed-term Employees (prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002.

In the event that the appointee successfully registers to do a higher degree the fees will not be paid by the University. The work
may be carried out during or outside normal working time, and no further support will be provided when the contract ends after one
year.

The successful applicant (if aged under 60) will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information
regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the
transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation
are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the
University Court’s policies.

Disclosure Scotland

The post for which you are applying is considered to be a child care position in terms of The Protection of Children (Scotland) Act
2003. It requires the successful applicant to undergo a satisfactory Disclosure check through Disclosure Scotland prior to
appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act.

If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Report. The
University will make a Disclosure application to Disclosure Scotland which will reveal any past criminal convictions (spent or
unspent) or inclusion on the Disqualified From Working with Children List. Any non-conviction information held locally by the police
may also be disclosed should this be considered relevant to the position.
Please note it is a criminal offence to apply for a child care position if you are on the Disqualified From Working with Children List.

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