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NUAcT Clinical Research Fellow

Requisition ID:  23966

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  24-Nov-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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


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.


Salary: Salary will be on an appropriate scale that reflects the candidates current clinical or practitioner salary scale. Further details will be discussed with the successful candidate prior to appointment.


Closing Date:  14 December 2022


Please click here to download the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy.


Please note we will only consider applications which have attached all the supporting documents listed on pages 16 and 17 of the candidate briefing pack.


The Role


The NUAcT scheme aims to find and develop our research leaders of the future. In 2022 we are looking to appoint Fellows in a number of ‘opportunity areas’ which align closely with our research strengths, complementing our existing teams and bringing fresh perspectives to our challenges.


We are looking for early career researchers with an excellent track record for their career stage and a compelling research proposal. As a NUAcT Fellow, you will have the opportunity to lead your own research programme, build an international reputation, and contribute to multi-disciplinary collaborations across the University and beyond.


With the programme’s focus on equality, diversity and inclusion, we are building a diverse cohort of Fellows who will champion others and help us to build a more inclusive research culture across Newcastle University. Our appointments are fully flexible, which means that we can accommodate part-time working as needed.


If you share our vision to enhance our diversity and creativity and work together towards a fully inclusive and collaborative culture where everyone’s ideas thrive, we would be incredibly excited to hear from you.


The Fellowship will support you to:

  • develop your research ideas through protected research time
  • collaborate with top researchers in Newcastle and beyond
  • develop grant applications to underpin your own independent research programme
  • take part in the supervision of doctoral students
  • establish your leadership in your field
  • work with industrial partners
  • form international partnerships with overseas research groups


NUAcT Clinical Research Fellow 


Our NUAcT Clinical Fellows can come from any clinical background and the scheme represents an outstanding opportunity for bespoke career development, supported by the Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP) Academy (the career development programme of the Newcastle Academic Health Sciences Centre). Applications can come from any health related system (hospitals, mental health trusts, primary care, councils (for public health).


The Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, which will be the principal host structure, offers a vibrant research environment for clinical academics across the whole translational pathway from biosciences, through translational and clinical research to population health sciences. Strong collaborative links with local NHS partners under the auspices of NHIP provide opportunity for ground-breaking research which is focused on ultimate patient benefit. Applicants to the NUAcT Clinician Fellowship Scheme should have successfully completed and graduated with a higher research degree, ideally a PhD. They will have a track record of high quality original research publications and have demonstrated an ability to secure research grant or doctoral fellowship funding previously. Applications from nurses, midwives and allied health professions are encouraged. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a clear trajectory towards research independence and be able articulate a clear research vision and ability to create a collaborative network nationally and internationally. Medically qualified applicants will typically be post-certificate of completion of training (CCT) and within 3 years of their CCT date. Pre-CCT applicants may be considered in exceptional circumstances if they are in their final year working towards their CCT. Non-medically qualified clinicians will be experienced clinical practitioners having completed professional training for their clinical discipline. 


Medical applicants must have full GMC registration and a licence to practice in the UK and other clinicians must hold current registration with their relevant professional regulatory body. Successful applicants will be employed by Newcastle University and should expect to spend 80% of their time dedicated to delivery of their research programme and in development of core teaching skills allowing 20% to be used for clinical practice with a suitable NHS or Local Authority partner under an honorary clinical contract. Clinical applicants to the NUAcT Clinician Scientist scheme could potentially have identified a suitable local NHS or local authority partner with whom they will practice. In this case, letters of support from partner organisations confirming willingness to host the applicant for their clinical work are encouraged at the time of application. Potential applicants for the scheme without an existing clinical or practice link are encouraged to contact us to discuss potential practice opportunities. Given the clinical nature of the programme successful applicants will undergo an additional NHS appointment process appropriate to their profession, level and current employment status. This will be required for medical or dental applicants who wish to take up the fellowship at clinical consultant level and may also be appropriate in other settings. A formal offer of place on the scheme can only be made once both steps of the recruitment process are successful.  


This is a fixed term role for a duration of 5 years.


How to apply


Please click here to download the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy


The full list of opportunity areas under each theme and a timeline for recruitment is available on the NUAcT Website


For informal enquiries please contact the NUAcT Team:


The Offer - How we will support you

  • A competitive start-up package will be offered
  • Initial fixed-term appointment for five years (or five years’ full-time equivalent if working part-time) with progression to an open-ended contract subject to successful review
  • Research expenses up to £50k, subject to research programme needs and partner organisation
  • Funding for a 3-year PhD student (UKRI rate for Fee and Stipend, Home (UK) level) associated with the research
  • Dedicated mentors with extensive research expertise and significant project management experience
  • The opportunity to join and participate in our world-class interdisciplinary research centres
  • Extensive training opportunities including a bespoke personal development plan
  • Peer support from a cross disciplinary cohort of talented early career researchers


Key Accountabilties

  • Plan and carry out independent, original research relevant to the strategy of the University, leading to high quality outputs, impact and successful applications for research funding.
  • Initiate and participate in interdisciplinary collaborations, that enable innovative research.
  • Provide guidance and career support to other colleagues and students, including high quality supervision of PhD students, and students undertaking taught programmes.
  • Develop a balanced profile of activities that includes research-led teaching and contributions to the working environment. Whilst the focus of this position is on carrying out independent research, enthusiasm for teaching is expected.
  • Contribute to a positive and inclusive research environment, and actively support the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agenda.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A clear vision for developing an independent research programme including plans to attract external research funding
  • A successful track record of developing and delivering research commensurate with career stage
  • Understanding of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and how the behaviours of individuals can contribute to a positive research culture


  • Experience of collaborative working, for example, through working with different researchers or research groups, or with other partners beyond academia such as industry, policy makers or community partners
  • Understanding how to maximise the impact of research, including through outreach, engagement, and partnership building activities
  • Experience of delivering research-led teaching and supporting the careers of others, for example, through mentoring and supervision

Attributes and Behaviours

  • Willingness to participate in collaborating teams and openness to work in an interdisciplinary way
  • Desire to contribute to a positive research culture aligned to the University’s four Guiding Principlesand its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
  • Willingness to contribute to broader activities that fall within the typical remit of an academic member of staff such as membership of committees, involvement in working groups, EDI activity, outreach, etc
  • Willingness to develop others, for example, through teaching, mentoring, and supervision
  • Motivation to contribute to and benefit from the NUAcT cohort activities



  • PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area of research
  • Medical applicants MUST have full GMC registration and a licence to practice in the UK and other clinicians should hold current registration with their relevant professional regulatory body


It is anticipated that you will move to an open-ended contract at the end of your fixed-term period, subject to successful review against the above criteria.




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 23966