Clinical Research Fellow

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!


School of Medicine

Clinical Researcher


Clinical Research Fellow
Division of Infection and Immunity
School of Medicine
Cardiff University

Applications are invited for a new clinical academic post, based in the Division of Infection and Immunity in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University (CU), in collaboration with Velindre Cancer Centre (VCC). This represents an opportunity to join a thriving team of researchers as part of the collaboration between Velindre Cancer Centre and CU. The post holder will undertake a research project exploring the immunological effects of radiation in metastatic cancer under the supervision of Professors Gallimore (CU) and Godkin and oncologists Dr Rackley and Dr Pembroke (VCC). There will be opportunities to complete a higher degree (eg. MD or PhD) during the post. The post holder will perform clinical duties at VCC such as study participant recruitment and stereotactic radiotherapy delivery as well as perform blood sample analysis within the Division of Infection and Immunity (Henry Wellcome building). This 2 year fixed term position is intended to permit completion of an MD or even extend to 3 years for a PhD and would potentially suit applicants interested in a clinical academic career.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Awen Gallimore ( ) or Dr Rackley ( ) and Dr Pembroke ( ) for further information.
This post is a full-time (40 hours a week), fixed-term for 2 years, and is available from 1st October 2020.
Salary: £33,385 - £57,805 per annum (Clinical Grade D1), maximum starting salary point 6 (£42,333 per annum)
Date advert posted: Thursday, 24 September 2020

Closing date: Sunday, 11 October 2020
Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Job Purpose

To conduct research within the collaborative group of Velindre stereotactic radiotherapy team and Division of Infection and Immunity. To produce novel research findings with the potential for an MD or PhD.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Duties

• To conduct clinically relevant research within radiotherapy and immunology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences.
• Contribute to the running of the “SABR_IT” trial, which is evaluating the immunology effects of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). This would include patient recruitment and consent, SABR delivery (if appropriate – clinical oncologist trainee), bloods sample analysis within the Division of Infection and Immunity (Henry Wellcome building).
• Use knowledge gained from SABR_IT study to help design the second phase of the project which will look to combine SABR with immune modulating drugs.
• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
• To engage with research partners, including patients, patient and representative groups to develop and promote research activities
• To register for and undertake a PhD or MD in a suitable area as agreed (Optional)
• To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective national  and international publications, research seminars, meetings and conferences
• To communicate research to a wide-ranging audience (public, clinicians and academic) through public engagement activities
• To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects
• To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
• To review and synthesise existing research and clinical literature within the field
• To participate in School research activities.


• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial, and public sector organisations, charities, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC)’s and School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the WCRC and the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To support and promote the WCRC strategy.
• To engage with WCRC research partners, including patients, patient and public representatives to develop and promote cancer research. Their role will specifically require engagement with clinicians from cancer centres across Wales, WCTU and scientists within Cardiff University
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• Produce progress reports to funders (Moondance foundation and WCRC)

Job Description continued in Additional Information

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Qualified Medical Practitioner with full GMC Registration and License to Practise

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. Significant experience of clinical or radiation oncology

3. Knowledge of Cancer Immunology

4. Understanding of concepts of advanced technical radiotherapy (IMRT, IGRT, SABR)

5. Proven ability to publish in national journals

6. Demonstrate the capability and drive to succeed in securing research funding

Communication and Team Working

7. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication

8. Proven ability to manage own time and deliver a range of tasks to deadlines

9. Proven ability to use IT to deliver presentations and write reports


10. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work

Desirable Criteria

1. FRCR (Oncology) Part I and II (medical oncologist trainees will be considered as fellowship can be adapted based on training scheme)

2. Knowledge of immunology / cancer immunotherapy

3. Knowledge of grant applications

4. Knowledge of process through R&D for clinical trials

5. Proven ability to work without close supervision

6.  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

7. Clinical oncology experience to STR level

8. Proven publication record

Additional Information

Job Description continued


• Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties.
• Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
• Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but are consistent with the role.

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is the School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 10150BR.

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

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