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Clinical Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1216

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  13-Nov-2019


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: £29,799 - £50,068 

Closing Date: 1 January 2020


Newcastle University– CRUK Clinical Academic Training Programme: developing future cancer research  leaders                                                                                                                                                                                    
Newcastle Cancer Centre hosts one of nine Cancer Research UK funded Clinical Academic Training Programmes.  The Newcastle-CRUK Clinical Academic Training (NewCAT) programme launches this year, offering a fully funded 3 year PhD fellowship for clinicians wishing to develop an academic career in cancer research.

The NewCAT programme, in which the successful candidate will undertake a fully funded PhD 3-year fellowship, aims to nurture aspiring clinical academics through their early research career to becoming successful independent researchers and leaders in their chosen cancer related field. The programme, in addition to the individual’s PhD supervisory team, offers a structured individualised mentorship plan, a flexible training supportive environment, access to the wider CRUK centre network of clinical academics and ongoing support and career guidance throughout clinical academic training.

We invite anyone considering a career in academic medicine in a cancer-related field to consider this exciting opportunity to join the NewCAT programme. Potential NewCAT PhD candidates will be invited to explore a number of selected research projects and connect with the named Project Leaders within Newcastle University Centre for Cancer as part of the application process. Candidates with their own project and pre-identified supervisory team will also be considered. 

You will have a medical degree and have completed general professional medical or surgical training at membership level (such as MRCP/MRCS). You will need to be able to demonstrate your ability to develop a research proposal, have excellent time management and problem solving skills, and demonstrate the potential to develop as a future clinical academic.

Informal enquires to: ruth.plummer@ncl.ac.uk or Yvette.drew@ncl.ac.uk

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


This is a Fixed Term post for a period of 3 years.

Key Accountabilities
1.To work as part of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, scientists and support staff, fulfilling the vision of the CRUK Newcastle Cancer Centre to provide the people of the North East of England with access to state-of-the-art cancer treatments and information by undertaking world class translational cancer research in a centre of excellence in partnership with local and national stakeholders.
2.To undertake an agreed research project to advance cancer research, to obtain a higher research degree and to achieve a publication record of the kind that will enhance the Centre’s research reputation at national and international level that will clearly demonstrate originality and scholarship, and provide a foundation for a future clinical academic career.
3.To attend and participate in the Centre’s academic activities e.g. laboratory, journal club and research group meetings and weekly seminars, develop research initiatives and original contributions to the research programme wherever possible and will contribute freely to the team research environment in a manner conducive to the success of the research project as a whole.  It will be important to keep up to date with scientific, clinical and professional issues, in particular developments in the specific area.
4.To undertake, if appropriate for the specified research project and with the correct approvals in place, appropriate clinical research activities such as recruitment of patients to translational studies within Consultant-led clinics within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Attendance at relevant cancer multi-disciplinary meetings may provide additional experience in patient management, in addition to providing ongoing education in best clinical practice.


The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•A strong and demonstrable interest in clinical cancer research
•Publication record in peer-reviewed journals
•Previous experience in clinical or laboratory-based research
Attributes and Behaviour
•Excellent problem solving abilities
•Strong commitment to the study of biomedicine and translational science
•Team membership skills within multidisciplinary research teams
•Commitment to continuing professional development
•Good IT and computing skills
•Excellent communication and presentation skills
•Demonstrable time management skills
•Ability to take an active role in determining the future direction of research projects


•Medical degree and completion of general professional medical training to allow entry into specialty training (for example MRCP)
•GMC Registered or eligible to register


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: 1216