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Clinical Research Associate - John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre

Requisition ID:  4465
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 

 

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: £28,331.00 - £46,098.00 

Closing Date: 21 April 2020

 

The role

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a doctor with a medical degree and GMC licence to practise to work within the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, which has a long tradition of excellence in research, diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases.  The post will be based at the Centre for Life at Newcastle University and is an opportunity to gain experience in clinical trials, paediatrics, neurology and research.

You will support the conduct of  clinical trials and natural history studies in patients with genetic muscle diseases run at the centre. The post will give the opportunity to learn about clinical trial design, outcome measures, regulatory requirements and ethical issues in conducting clinical research in rare diseases and to develop knowledge and competence to conduct GCP compliant clinical research. There will also be the chance to gain a postgraduate qualification in Clinical research or develop a self-funded PhD.  In addition, the successful applicant will be able to participate in a range of different neuromuscular clinics across the northern region and gain exposure to state of the art diagnostic capabilities for genetic diseases.

 

This post is tenable for 2 years. For further information on the centre https://newcastle-muscle.org/

For any queries please contact becky.crow@ncl.ac.uk

 

The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre (JWMDRC) has a long tradition of excellence in research, diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases. The post will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to gain experience in neurology, paediatrics, genetics and clinical research.

 

This will be a key role in the conduct of the centre’s portfolio of clinical research including gene therapy and exon skipping trials, acting as sub-investigator to deliver GCP compliant clinical trials and natural history studies in patients with genetic muscle diseases run in the Research Centre. The role will provide the opportunity to learn about clinical trial design, outcome measures, regulatory requirements and ethical issues in conducting clinical research in rare diseases and to develop knowledge and competence to conduct GCP compliant clinical research.  In addition, the successful candidate will be able to participate in a range of different neuromuscular clinics across the North of England and gain exposure to state of the art diagnostics for neuromuscular diseases and genetic diseases in general. 

 

This post comes with the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in Clinical research or develop a self-funded PhD.

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Support and conduct clinical trials at JWMDRC: patient identification and selection, consenting, recruitment, interaction with patients and their families, conducting study visits and study procedures, reporting of adverse events etc)  under the supervision of senior members of the clinical research team.
  • Participate in specialised clinical and diagnostic activities including the national referral clinics for rare inherited forms of muscular dystrophies and adult and paediatric clinics for local patients with neuromuscular diseases.
  • Continuously review the literature and technology relevant to JWMDRC work, ensuring a good understanding of other on-going work in the field.
  • Support activities associated with JWMDRC led clinical research grants, allowing for insight into networking activities and international collaborations
  • Publish and present high level scientific information including writing and presenting reports relevant to the work being carried out as part of translational research.
  • Support the submission research proposals to funders where appropriate.
  • Regular liaison with the principal investigators and senior members of the research teams to discuss the ongoing research and next possible steps.
  • Support the clinical initiatives of the Neuromuscular Team, including internal and audits and meetings.

 

The Person (Essential)

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

 

  • Understanding of clinical trial methodology and GCP Principles
  • Presentation of work at scientific meetings (desirable)
  • Previous research publications (desirable)

 

Attributes and Behaviour

 

  • Enthusiastic and hard working
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills
  • Team-working skills
  • Excellent information technology and computing skills
  • High level of personal organisation
  • Willingness to undertake work outside of normal working hours
  • Willingness to travel internationally

 

Qualifications

  • MBBS (Medical Doctor, MD) or equivalent from recognised medical school
  • Fully registered with the GMC with licence to practice
  • Good Clinical Practice Training (Desirable)

 

 

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: 4465

 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.