Cambridge CTU Cancer Theme Lead (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Oncology

An exciting role has opened in the Cancer Team of the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit. If you are looking for a new challenge then come and join one of the best research institutions in Europe to make a difference in cancer research.

You will work in partnership with the CCTC Director and CCTC Business and Operations Manager to lead the trial coordination team on a daily basis, ensuring the design, set up and coordination of high quality, investigator initiated trials (IITs) and translation research studies.

Operationally, you will have oversight of the team's budget and will ensure that staff follow relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), policies and regulations.

The key functions of this role are:

  • Lead the design, set up and coordination of high quality, IITs and translation research studies.
  • Advise researchers on trial design, feasibility, trial management costs and approvals processes.
  • Recruit and line manage a multidisciplinary team, including conducting appraisals, dealing with disciplinary issues, training and career development.
  • Maintain oversight of trial coordination for all trials within the cancer theme (CTIMP and non CTIMP).
  • Deputise for the CCTC Business & Operations Manager where required.
  • Be an active member of the CCTC and CCTU Senior Management teams.

Our current portfolio of ~30 Cambridge University Hospitals sponsored trials includes Phase I-IV studies and biomarker studies. These studies encompass both single centre, feasibility studies and large, multi-centre trials.

As you will lead a team of ~25 staff responsible for statistics, trial coordination and data/sample management, experience in line management and excellent communications skills are essential. In addition, demonstrable practical knowledge of the regulatory requirements for the conduct of CTIMPs is required.

The CCTC (Director: Professor Duncan Jodrell; Business and Operations Manager: Dr Si-houy Lao-Sirieix) benefits from funding from the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Centre, Cancer Research UK (Cambridge is designated a CRUK Major Centre) and the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Eastern (Addenbrooke's is a leading contributor to NIHR portfolio studies).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

This appointment requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Feel free to contact us for informal enquiries and visits, via Phyllis Smith on 01223 254430 or

The closing date is 16 November 2016.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RD09844 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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