Clinical Research Fellow, Asthma

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£32,893 - £43,519 per annum.
03 May 2021
End of advertisement period
14 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 14/05/2021
Salary £32,893 - £43,519 per annum.
Job category/type Research

Job description

We are recruiting for a Clinical Research Fellow who will be hosted jointly within the Centre for Medical Education (CME) in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. The post is funded from a grant provided by the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUKCAR) and is suitable for a medically qualified paediatrician in training. 

The successful applicant will manage a clinical research project in line with the objectives of AUKCAR and, in particular, a study on improving and optimising care to children with asthma who have had a recent exacerbation. The project will involve developing and accessing better ways to train children and their parents to mastery of the skills needed to better self-manage asthma.

The Clinical Research Fellow will develop the clinical research activities for a study which has an overarching aim to reduce the number of acute asthma attacks in children. The study will recruit children with asthma including those entered into the Safe Asthma Discharge Care Pathway and aims to support self-management by way of optimising and ensuring the basics of asthma care are in place (including mastery of inhaler technique and asthma self-management).

The main supervisors with CME will be Dr Dara O’Donoghue and Dr P McCrossan. AUKCAR will provide a 2nd second centre supervisor Dr JY Paton (Univ of Glasgow & York Hill Children’s Hospital).

The successful candidate must have:

  • Medically qualified with full GMC registration/license to practice and MRCP (or equivalent) by the time of commencement in the post.
  • At least 3 years full time equivalent Clinical experience.
  • Experience working in Paediatric Medicine
  • Evidence of previous research, audit or quality improvement activity commensurate with stage in career.

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. The School has the perfect balance of world-class teaching resources and internationally recognised research infrastructure and comprises of three education and three research centres. 

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation and talent based on excellence. Throughout the University, our academics collaborate across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. The University holds an Athena SWAN Silver award and the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of our commitment and success in addressing gender equality, representation, progression and success for all our staff.

We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (Innovate UK), 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and most affordable cities in the UK. There is an excellent range of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards and we are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team via email on resourcing@qub.ac.uk.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. Also Protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other. More details on all our networks can be found here.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Mike Shields via email to m.shields@qub.ac.uk.

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