Alzheimer’s Society Clinical Research Training Fellow

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

 


1. Job Details 
Job title: Alzheimer’s Society Clinical Research Training Fellow 
School/Support Department: Clinical Sciences, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences 
Line manager: William Whiteley


2. Job Purpose 
This full-time clinical research fellow position will be held within the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. The post will be three years duration with the expectation to register for a PhD. This project is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. The project may involve recruitment of participants, laboratory work, and analysis of data. Ensuring compliance with the necessary regulatory and governance issues will be an important part of this project.


3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Developing grant applications to further research (15%)

  2. Responsible for planning own research and ensuring necessary ethics and governance approvals, maintaining records of subjects, case record information & results generated as part of study (15%)

  3. Undertake, with full supervision analyses of data, imaging or laboratory specimens suitable for the chosen project. (60%)

  4. Work closely with and in a complementary manner with clinical research team (nurses, study data manager) (5%)

  5. Undertake any other reasonable tasks appropriate to the dementia research portfolio. (5%)


4. Planning and Organising 
The post-holder will plan and manage own programme of research activity on an ongoing basis, to ensure that the research is conducted in accordance with the research timetable agreed with the PhD supervisors. They will also be required to work with members of the research team in planning and scheduling the workload, in accordance with the demands of the overall project.


5. Problem Solving 
The post-holder will be expected to resolve problems relating to research activity with the research team members. Clinical issues will be discussed directly with their supervisor (and if not immediately available her nominated clinical deputy). Full supervision will be provided. Attendance at research group and other relevant meetings will be expected.


6. Decision Making 
Taken independently: Organise own workload according to agreed balance of priorities of main studies, and adapt as necessary, setting of short-term timelines. 
In collaboration with others: Problem solving and data interpretation of research based activities. 
Referred to line-manager: Overall timelines, changes of direction, response to serious and unexpected events, identification of the best way forward and interpretation of complex data 
Level of Direction Given: Supervisor will offer general orientation and advice, in addition to support in developing and implementation of research strategy, but there will be an appropriate degree of independence.


7. Key Contacts/Relationships 

Internal: members of the immediate research team (nursing, non clinical, management), build internal contacts and links to share information, students 
External: Collaborating researchers, external networks to share information and develop links as appropriate


8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job 
A qualification in a clinical domain (medical degree, psychology degree, or in an additional allied health profession) eligible to work in the UK Prior experience with research and/or recruitment of subjects into clinical studies would be helpful but not essential. Willingness to attend a GCP course and participate in generic training for clinical researchers is essential.


Qualifications/Training 
Essential 
• Qualification in a clinical domain (medical degree, psychology degree, or in an additional allied health profession) eligible to work in the UK 
• Able to work well with team

Desirable 
• Track record of scientific writing


Experience 
Essential 
• Previous experience of research studies 
• Work in one of the research domains of the PhD programs

Desirable 
Experience with research and/or recruitment of subjects into clinical studies


Knowledge, Skills and Competencies 
Essential 
Willingness to attend a GCP course and participate in generic training for clinical researchers is essential. 
Understanding of the ethics of medical research is essential.


Personal Attributes 
Essential 
• Proven analytical skills 
• Strong communication skills, and the ability to communicate successfully with patients, carers, healthy volunteers and colleagues 
• Ability to organise and prioritise own work with minimal supervision 
• Ability to work to tight deadlines 
• Ability to work as part of a team


10. Job Context and any other relevant information 
Medical graduates will be appointed to the AM2 salary scale. 
Allied and other health professionals will be appointed to the UE06 salary scale

 

Contact Person : Dr Will Whiteley
Contact Email : william.whiteley@ed.ac.uk


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