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Respiratory Clinical Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £38,619 to £65,955
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th June 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: 104094

Clinical

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £38,619 to £65,955

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to October 2026

Background

The respiratory research team within the Institute of Applied Health Research manage a range of projects mainly centred on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD). The team have recently published a large randomised controlled trial of integrated care for COPD (INTEGR-COPD, Thorax, 2024) from which there are a range of secondary analyses required to aid adoption in UK practice. These analyses are expected to be sufficient to lead to a higher degree, if desired by the candidate. 

Alongside this there is an exciting array of trials commencing in AATD, from gene therapies at phase 1 to nebulised therapies at phase 3, and an observational study of disease progression in AATD, involving quantitative analysis of CT scans. These tasks require a clinically qualified member of staff.

The respiratory team is led by Professor Alice Turner and Dr Mike Newnham, supported by associate professor and clinical lecturer staff members, as well as postdoctoral, technical and administrative staff. The group sits within a wider team whose focus is on Health Services research, and the candidate will have full access to the resources of these teams to support them in their work.

Role Summary

  • Work within research work packages as part of the respiratory team
  • Contribute to the development of the study protocols, review literature, and contribute to analyses
  • Contribute to writing papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Contribute to systematic reviews
  • Provide clinical input to research activities

Main Duties

  • Curate datasets, analyse and interpret quantitative data, 
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, etc.
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Collect research data through literature reviews and interrogation of databases
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, and presentations at seminars or as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Provide clinical input to research activities
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture

Person Specification

  • Medical degree 
  • Clinical experience of UK primary and secondary care OR integrated care
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Basic understanding of when to use relevant statistical models, techniques and methods
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquires to Alice Turner, a.m.turner@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button above.

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