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Clinical Research Associate

Requisition ID:  5197

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  24-Dec-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: £30,395.00 - £51,069.00 


Closing Date: 3 February 2021



The Role


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Research Associate to work within the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre (JWMDRC), which has a long tradition of excellence in research, diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases. The role will provide an opportunity for you to gain experience in neurology, paediatrics, genetics and clinical research.


You will play 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. You will have 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, you 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. 


You will have a medical degree, GMC Registration with licence to practise and experience in medical history taking, patient assessment and medical record keeping in accordance with GCP guidelines. You will support the conduct of clinical research at the JWMDRC, including selection of patients, consenting, recruitment, delivery of study visits and procedures and safety monitoring. For clinical research led by JWMDRC, you will be involved in the development of study documents and will participate in the study discussions with partners and sponsors.  You will have the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in Clinical Research or develop a self-funded PhD.


The post is full time, fixed term for 2 years.


For further information on the centre https://newcastle-muscle.org/


For any queries please contact Heather Hilsden on heather.hilsden@ncl.ac.uk     


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 (PIs) 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 (Essenital)

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




  • MB BS (Medical Doctor, MD) or equivalent from recognised medical school
  • GMC registration with license 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.


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.


Requisition ID: 5197