Clinical Research Fellow in Infectious Diseases
Overall Purpose of the Job
The aim of this post is to deliver a research project that has already secured funding through the MRC Newton Fund as part of the UK/Indonesia Joint Partnership in Infectious Diseases. The title of the research is ‘Point of Care tests in the Diagnosis of Chronic and Allergic Aspergillosis’. The two-year project is scheduled to begin in April 2019. This one-year post will begin in August 2019, expected to coincide with beginning of patient recruitment. The research aims to explore the utility of novel rapid tests in the diagnosis of aspergillosis in patients with chronic lung diseases like COPD, bronchiectasis and asthma. Determination of the lung mycobiome will also be undertaken and will greatly enhance our understanding of the contribution of fungi in the pathogenesis of chronic lung disease. The post holder will coordinate the UK component of the research which will include patient recruitment, data collection and performance of diagnostic tests and participate in data analysis and manuscript writing. This work is expected to lead to publication of at least 2 papers in high impact journals. The research component of the post is expected to be 50% of total work time.
In addition to the research component, the post holder will contribute to excellent clinical care as part of the Infectious Diseases team at Wythenshawe Hospital. Some undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and examining will be expected, as well as delivery of at least one clinical audit.
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities or Duties
- Develop and conduct the research project and other research proposals under the supervision of the Principal Investigator;
- Write and contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media;
- Deliver presentations, seminars and talks internally and externally;
- Take responsibility for obtaining (or ensuring obtained) appropriate consents for working with patients as appropriate to the project;
- Contribute to the inpatient and outpatient care of patients under the care of the Infectious Diseases team;
- Contribute to the teaching and learning programmes for undergraduates and postgraduates;
- Undertake audits of important clinical topics related to patient outcomes;
- Supervise and mentor junior colleagues and students on research techniques and writing;
- Conduct risk assessments and take responsibility for the health and safety of others in the laboratory.
- Hold a medical degree;
- At least 2 years of clinical experience;
- Understand principles of research and evidence based practice;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Excellent time management and organisational skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Understand equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content.
- A postgraduate qualification in a relevant field;
- At least 4 years of medical experience;
- At least 6 months experience in the NHS;
- Experience of developing research methodologies and devising models, approaches, techniques, critiques and methods;
- Record of publications in Infectious Diseases;
- Ability to liaise confidently and effectively with a range of individuals;
- Flexible approach to dealing with research problems as they arise.