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Clinical Research Fellow

Requisition ID:  15602

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Jan-2022


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: £31,003 - £52,090 per annum, or the equivalent to current NHS salary

Closing Date:   28 February 2022 



The Role


The School of Medical Education (SME) is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and suitably qualified doctor for the role of Clinical Research Fellow. This post is suitable for a doctor who is seeking to develop a clinical academic career in clinical education research.  The salary will be matched to the equivalent current NHS salary. 


You will be based within the School of Medical Education at Newcastle University. You will deliver research activity, register for, and complete a PhD (under staff regulations) in an area of clinical education, which fits with the School’s strategic plan for research. The subject area will be developed in discussion with the postholder, but current areas of research in SME include graduates transition to practice, selection processes (and aspects of widening access in medicine), new approaches to assessment and innovation in teaching/learning. As part of this role you will be expected to contribute to the wider teaching, scholarly and professional activities of the School. The research commitment will equate to approximately 8 sessions, with education delivery accounting for the remaining 2 sessions.


The post is suitable for a doctor who can demonstrate a commitment to medical education. You should have excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills and be passionate about advancing the discipline through high quality research outputs.


The appointment is full time, but less-than-full-time and flexible working arrangements will be considered.


The post tenable for 4 years in the first instance.


Further information about the post can be obtained by contacting Professor Gillian Vance (gillian.vance@newcastle.ac.uk) or Dr Paul Paes (paul.paes@newcastle.ac.uk).


For more information about the Faculty of Medical Sciences please visit: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medicalsciences


For more information about the School of Medical Education please visit: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sme/


The Faculty of Medical Sciences holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for women working in science, and the University holds an HR Excellence in Research award.


Key Accountabilities


•    To complete a PhD in an area of clinical education research, which aligns with the School’s strategic plan for research. Potential subject areas include graduate’ readiness for practise; selection (and widening access in medicine); new approaches to assessment and innovation in teaching/learning,
•    To become actively involved in the research activities of the School and in the building of links between the research programmes and educational delivery in order to ensure the educational offer is cutting edge, evidence-led and generates new avenues of research,
•    To contribute to the delivery of an exceptional educational experience in the MBBS programme by taking an active and significant role in the development and delivery of clinical teaching. Teaching duties will be aligned to years 3-5, supporting one of the Sub Deans or Course Directors,
•    To make a contribution to the pastoral support of students and the selection of students on to the programme,
•    To carry out other management and administrative tasks (eg, quality asssurance processes) as required by line managers and Head of School. 


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Knowledge of medicine applicable to the MBBS programme,
•    Demonstrable clinical skills and experience in medicine,
•    Understanding of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education processes, 
•    Evidence of ability in relevant research skills,
•    Knowledge and understanding of research ethics, good research practice and research governance,
•    Evidence of skills in teaching undergraduate medical students,
•    Evidence of ability to produce deliverables, incuding written outputs within agreed timelines.

•    Experience of carrying out clinical education research,
•    Evidence of excellent communication skills (including presentations to academic/non-academic audiences, written outputs),
•    Peer-reviewed publications in medical journal, 
•    Post Foundation clinical skills and experience.


Attributes and Behaviour


•    Evidence of the ability, and willingness, to work independently and as part of a team,
•    Excellent time management, organisational, and interpersonal skills,
•    Evidence of the ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities,
•    Understanding and commitment to the University’s education strategy, mission and engagement strategy,
•    Commitment to own personal development, including a strong desire to develop educational skills.



•    MBBS (or equivalent),
•    Current and full registration with the United Kingdom General Medical Council,

•    Postgraduate professional qualification (eg. Membership of a Royal College),
•    Teaching and/or academic qualification (eg, Masters in Medical Education;  Masters in Research).



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 15602