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Clinical Fellow (ICGNMD)

Requisition ID:  5453

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Nov-2020


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £50,068 


Closing Date: 13 December 2020

The Role


This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a clinical research project in a world-renowned centre for research in neuromuscular or mitochondrial disease. You will be appointed as part of the MRC funded International Centre for Genomic Medicine in Neuromuscular Diseases (ICGNMD) and will be based in the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre or the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research in Newcastle University. The ICGNMD is an international project to better understand the genetic basis of human neuromuscular and mitochondrial disease and involves partners in Brazil, South Africa, India and Turkey. You will have access to phenotypic and genetic data from thousands of international and UK patients and the opportunity to develop a PhD project that links with a collaborating overseas centre and/or colleagues in London (UCL) and Cambridge. There will be a choice of PhD projects spanning mitochondrial diseases, muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, inherited neuropathies, channelopathies and congenital myopathies. You will gain a comprehensive training in neuromuscular and mitochondrial disease and are most likely to approach this opportunity from a clinical background in adult medicine (neurology), paediatrics or clinical genetics.


The post is full time, fixed term basis for 3 years.


For informal enquiries regarding the role, please contact Professor Bobby McFarland: Robert.McFarland@ncl.ac.uk 


Information about the Faculty of Medical Sciences is available at: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medicalsciences/


Key Accountabilities


  • Register and undertake a clinical research project leading to the award of PhD
  • Develop clinical skills in neuromuscular and mitochondrial disease to enable detailed phenotyping of subjects
  • Take responsibility for detailed, attentive data collection, curation and good research governance
  • Develop skills in the collation, analysis and interpretation of bioinformatic (specifically genetic and phenotypic) data including use of REDCap database
  • Work with colleagues in bioinformatics to enhance statistical and bioinformatic skill set
  • Where possible, establish links with overseas collaborators
  • Develop a coherent and comprehensive strategy for disseminating the results of the research project and the scientific writing and presentation skills to achieve this aim


The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Early career (~ST1) medical trainee
  • Interest in pursuing an academic career
  • Training in paediatrics or adult medicine (likely neurology or clinical genetics)
  • Interest in neurology and neuromuscular diseases


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Inquisitive, enthusiastic and rigorous in approach
  • Keen to learn new skills and improve old ones
  • Shows initiative and adaptability
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and bedside manner




  • MBBS or equivalent medical undergraduate degree
  • Full General Medical Council (GMC) registration with a license to practise
  • Previous experience in neuromuscular disease and research methodologies desirable but not essential



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5453