Clinical Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Medicine

Applications are invited for a clinical research associate post, alongside a PhD in Medicine, to undertake research within the prestigious Experimental Medicine Initiative to Explore New Therapies (EMINENT) ( programme; a unique partnership between UK academia and GSK aimed at increasing understanding of human disease mechanisms through experimental medicine.

Jointly funded by the MRC and GSK, EMINENT affords investigators from the University of Cambridge, University College London (UCL), the University of Glasgow, the University of Newcastle and Imperial College London unprecedented access to GSK's un-licenced clinic-ready asset portfolio, technology and drug discovery expertise to enable experimental medicine studies aimed at enhancing mechanistic disease understanding and accelerating therapeutic advances in under-served disease areas.

The development of a cadre of clinician scientists holding a rich base of knowledge and skills developed within a unique industrial-academic research environment represents a key objective for the EMINENT programme.

This Post

This innovative studentship is a partnership between the University of Cambridge, NIHR-BRC, Department of Medicine and Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), and provides an unrivalled opportunity to undertake high quality clinical research in the field of intensive care / respiratory medicine, in collaboration with GSK. It will appeal to clinicians with a subspecialty interest and experience in intensive care medicine, respiratory medicine or anaesthesia. The post is available from 1st October 2017, and the award covers a clinical stipend for three years, plus consumables and PhD registration and college fees.

The Project

The project is a unique opportunity to join the collaboration between the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Respiratory R&D Division of GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage. The successful candidate will join Dr Charlotte Summers' research team at the University of Cambridge, with an aim to complete their doctoral studies.

The project seeks to develop stratified interventions for patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome by discovering new disease endotypes, seeking to identify new target mechanisms using biostatistical analysis, and testing potential mechanisms/therapies in novel human experimental systems.  This project will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to apply their strengths to intensive care and experimental medicine, and a unique hands-on perspective of translational medicine.

The successful applicant will be required to spend time embedded with GSK, Stevenage and other academic collaborators. The structured mentoring and training environment will allow the candidate to develop as an academic clinician, with expertise in designing and conducting experimental medicine studies. 

It is essential that the applicant is fully registered with the GMC, and desirable that they already hold a National Training Number.  Successful application to the University of Cambridge, Medicine PhD course required.

For general queries on EMINENT please contact Professor Edwin Chilvers (Director), on 01223 762007; and for informal queries regarding this post, please contact Dr Charlotte Summers (01223 762007).

For further information on EMINENT go to:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

This appointment requires an Honorary Clinical Contract.

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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, CV, list of publications, current and future research plans (two sides of A4 only) and the Clinical Research additional information form in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

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

The closing date for applications is the 3rd September 2017 with interviews yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RC12959 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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