Clinical Research Fellow

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!


School of Medicine

Clinical Teaching & Research


Clinical Research Fellow (Rheumatology)
Division of Infection & Immunity
School of Medicine

The successful candidate will be undertaking clinical research in Rheumatology concerning biomarkers and treatment of inflammatory arthritis. While the post is initially for one year, there is funding available for the duration to be extended, allowing the research to form the basis for a MD or PhD. The role includes a clinical care component, attending general rheumatology clinics. You will also assist in the teaching and supervision of undergraduates and postgraduates.

The successful candidate will have GMC registration and, ideally, experience of the design, conduct and regulatory applications involved in clinical research. Postgraduate clinical experience is required, including core medical training.

This post is full time (40 hours per week), fixed term for 1 year and available immediately

Salary: £33,385 - £57,805 per annum (Clinical Grade D1 scale)
Date advert posted: Monday, 20 January 2020

Closing date: Thursday, 20 February 2020
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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 who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  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

Such as To conduct research within Rheumatology trial research and contribute to the overall research performance of the Cardiff Regional Experimental Arthritis Treatment and Evaluation (CREATE) Centre and Section of Rheumatology, School and University, carrying out research contributing to improvements in delivery of clinical trials and experimental research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. The post is also designed to generate research proposals that can be submitted to gain funding to undertake a higher research degree.


•Opportunity to partake in translational research in Rheumatology.
•To conduct research within add specialist area and contribute to the overall internationally recognised research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in leading high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals and high-impact conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of research staff and postgraduate/MSc research students
•To independently develop research objectives, projects or proposals for own or joint research including research funding acting as a PI as required. To develop research networks through regular national/international conference/seminar presentations
•To participate in School research activities.

•To assist in the delivery of core musculoskeletal teaching to Medical Undergraduates throughout the five years of the course.
•To assist in the delivery of core musculoskeletal teaching to dental undergraduates.
•To independently contribute to module and curriculum development and lead modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, inspiring students
•To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking paper and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral care of students of Cardiff University
•To supervise the work of students including the supervision of Undergraduate and Master’s students, the co-supervision of PGR’s and acting as a PGR progress review panel member as required
•To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students


• To hold an honorary clinical contract with the Cardiff and Vale trust.
• To provide rheumatology services to the population of Cardiff and Vale at the level of a STR.
• To supervise junior members of staff in the department of Rheumatology.
• To participate in generic training for STR as per the Welsh Postgraduate Deanery.
• To Participate in ARCP as required by the Welsh Postgraduate Deanery.
• To participate in the management / medical audit requirements of the department in liaison with other colleagues and in line with the NHS Trust policy on the implementation of clinical governance.
• To undertake administrative duties associated with NHS clinical activities.
• To comply with all NHS policies and procedures

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Aspiring to a clinical academic career.
  • Eligible for higher clinical training (Evidence of completion of core medical training competencies).
  • Evidence of previous experience of teaching undergraduate medical students.
  • Basic understanding of research principles.
  • Full General Medical Council Registration.
  • Completion of Core Medical Training competencies.
  • Motivation to do either a MSc in Medical Education or a higher degree in basic science translational research in Rheumatology.
  • Undergraduate medical degree, MBBCH or equivalent  
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Membership of Royal College of Physicians
  • Experience in Clinical Rheumatology.
  • Evidence of high academic distinction and potential (initial honours degree, multiple undergraduate prizes).
  • Undergraduate research project, postgraduate research  with high attainment.
  • Introductory research experience at BSc or MSc (first or 2:1 in BSc).

  • Additional Information

    General Duties

    •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.
    •To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the 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 School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
    •To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
    •You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

    Evidencing Criteria

    It is 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, 8663BR.   

    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.

    Job Category

    Academic - Research, Academic - Teaching & Research, Academic - Teaching & Scholarship, Medical & Dental

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