Principal Research Associate/Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

University College London - UCL Division of Medicine - Centre for Rheumatology

The appointment will be on UCL Grade Consultant Clinical Academic. The salary range will be £78,923 - £105,652 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Interventional clinical trials in rheumatology (Inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune rheumatic disease) have been established at UCL/UCLH since 2011. The team has grown from one research nurse in 2011 to a team of 8 including three research nurses, two trial coordinators, a data manager and a clinical fellow supported by Professors Ehrenstein and Isenberg. The remit of this position is to maintain and develop cutting-edge early phase clinical trials with associated translational projects in inflammatory arthritis. One of the key indicators of success will be the development of at least one interventional trials where the post holder is the Chief Investigator. The candidate will be expected to apply for external Grant support to develop a clinical and translational research portfolio. There is the potential to link clinical trials with basic science in order to develop biomarkers of response and further understand the pathogenesis of inflammatory arthritis.

Clinical trials will be undertaken at the UCL/UCLH Clinical Research Facility (CRF), which is supported by the Wellcome Foundation and the Department of Health. Clinical Trials will be prioritised according to the objectives of the CRF, which favour early phase and experimental studies, particularly those led by investigators at UCL. This position will facilitate the development and co-ordination of an internationally competitive Rheumatology Clinical Trials Unit. The portfolio will form an important part of the wider UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.

In addition to the academic activities outlined above, duties will also include Rheumatology Outpatient Clinics caring for patients with inflammatory arthritis, a general rheumatology clinic and musculoskeletal ultrasound assessment. These clinics will be used for recruiting patients for research projects.

This post is funded for 2 years in the first instance.

Medical degree, higher academic degree, MRCP, accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians, CCT in rheumatology, GMC registration, GCP in clinical trials. Experience in (a) all aspects of clinical trials relevant to rheumatology, (b) clinical rheumatology with special interest in inflammatory arthritis but also knowledge of autoimmune rheumatic diseases, (c) musculoskeletal ultrasound. Track record in research.

Ability to organise and prioritise workload, to delegate responsibility as appropriate and to supervise staff. Ability to work effectively within a team environment and on own initiative.

UCL vacancy reference: 1711394

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For an informal discussion please contact Professor David Isenberg ( For any queries regarding this advert or the recruitment process please contact Aisha Carroll (

Closing Date: 12 March 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

Interview Date: TBC

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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