Research Fellow

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Fellow
School of Healthcare Sciences

Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences is seeking to appoint an ambitious and well organised Research Fellow who will work directly with Velindre University NHS Trust, to pursue excellence in applied cancer care research and inspire others to do the same.

The Velindre Research Fellow will receive professorial mentorship to strengthen their personal profile of research, publication and collaboration. This will include the opportunity to manage a research project, taking responsibility for the research idea, design, delivery, reporting and dissemination. The project is expected to be about cancer care in vulnerable people with the potential to inform an improvement or innovation in cancer care.
Cardiff University is one of the UK's leading research universities. The School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University is committed to the development of impactful healthcare knowledge that directly improves health outcomes and healthcare for patients and families. 

We are working in partnership with Velindre University NHS Hospital Trust to develop research capacity in cancer nurses and allied healthcare professionals building on existing strength. The successful applicant will work closely with and be directly responsible to Jane Hopkinson, Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care, lead for the All Wales Cancer Nurse and Allied Health Professional Research Network, and lead for the Healthcare Sciences Cancer Research Group. They will work with people who have a cancer diagnosis, both as research partners and as research participants. Experience of working with people with cancer would be an advantage.
Informal enquiries about the post may be directed to Professor Jane Hopkinson ( ) 

The post is part-time (28 hours) and is fixed-term until 30 September 2023

Salary: £42,792 - £49,553 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 7)

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Closing date: Sunday, 3 January 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

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

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • To independently develop research objectives and undertake research within the context of cancer treatment and care, to include seeking research funding for own or joint research and acting as a PI as required.
  • To generate and pursue independent and original research ideas in the field of research and support the initiation of new lines of research in related areas
  • To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective national and international publications, research seminars, meetings and conferences
  • 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 supervise and develop other research staff within own and related research projects
  • To provide guidance to students in own specialist area, including supervising postgraduate projects
  • To participate in School administration and research activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and Velindre University NHS Hospital Trust research strategies, including enhancement of their regional and national profile.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions 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.
  • To support senior colleagues in resolving issues and devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely formal reporting and financial control.
  • To engage with the annual appraisal process and undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To abide by legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, health and safety, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in cancer care or a related subject area or relevant industrial experience
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within cancer treatment and care
  • Growing national reputation within academic field
  • Proven substantial record of publications in high-impact national journals.
  • Proven ability to attain competitive research funding along with a strong portfolio of research grants
  • Communication and Team Working
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
  • Proven ability to lead and develop a research team
  • Proven ability to attract MSc and PhD students
  • Other
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working skills, with evidence of consistency in meeting work deadlines
  • Willing and able to travel to research and work sites as necessary
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Relevant professional qualification(s)
  • Evidence of conducting research in the context of the NHS and/or collaborations with industry
  •  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community
  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration

  • Additional Information

    NOTE: It is the School's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process candidates must provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting your supporting statement/attaching it to your application, that you refer to the vacancy number e.g. yourname_supporting information_10275BR. If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application may not be progressed.

    Job Category

    Academic - Research

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