Multicath Research Fellow

Southampton, United Kingdom
£35,326 per annum
22 Sep 2021
End of advertisement period
05 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £35,326 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (6 months)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 12 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1505821CF

What is Multicath:

The Multicath trial is a large, multi-centre, government-funded research trial which is being carried out in partnership with Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit. The post is based at the University of Southampton in University Hospital Southampton.  The trial involves people who self-catheterise (pass a tube into the bladder several times per day) to empty their bladder.  This trial is comparing people who use only sterile disposable catheters with people who use both sterile catheters and a reusable type of catheter. We are identifying and recruiting participants, randomising them to one of the two routes through the trial and then following them up monthly for 12 months.  People using reusable catheters are sent a kit box with all they need in it and all participants are sent information at various stages of the trial. We need an enthusiastic, empathetic research fellow to carry out the trial research activities as part of a larger team. Experience and/or qualifications as a healthcare professional would be desirable but not essential.

Your role:

To undertake research activities within the NIHR MultiCath trial team focusing on recruitment and data collection including participant engagement and support.
Under supervision plan and deliver research activities that form the  MultiCath clinical trial including recruitment, participant engagement, data collection, reporting, completion of data entry, use of systems and  liaison with external bodies and organizations such as the Clinical Research Networks and Primary Care practices.
Manage administrative tasks associated with the research project.
Engage in developmental activities that will enhance the post-holders skills in research.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone wanting to gain experience of clinical research trials and to enhance their CV.

About us:

The University of Southampton (UoS) is in the top 1% worldwide and currently ranks in the top 100 QS World University Rankings (2019). It represents a research-led Academic Institution with strong inter-disciplinary research activity. This research fellow post will be based in the School of Health Sciences, which is at the forefront of world-class teaching and research. It has a culture of collaboration, discovery and excellence, pioneering advances in clinical practice to shape the future of healthcare delivery. The Bladder and Bowel Management group  in the School of Health Science, has an established programme of research focusing on research related to continence products led by Professor Mandy Fader.

To be successful:

  • PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in health/social science related field 
  • Ability to plan and co-ordinate research activities to deadlines and quality standards.
  • Ability to identify and solve problems acting independently and in consultation with the team when appropriate.
  • Able to foster and develop good relationships with colleagues. 
  • Work effectively in a team, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of others to help teamwork development
  • Communicate effectively and empathetically with patients and members of the public.
  • Communicate new and complex information effectively, both verbally and in writing, engaging the interest and enthusiasm of the target audience.

This role requires attendance at the University of Southampton’s School of Health Sciences at Southampton General Hospital and is not suitable for home working.

You will be required to follow all Covid related and general Health & Safety procedures.

This position is 0.5WTE to 1.0 WTE for 6 months from 01/10/2021 (start date is flexible). Flexible hours over 3-5 days. This role will require a DBS.

For additional information/informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Professor Mandy Fader, ( or Margaret Macaulay (

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.   The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1505821CF on all correspondence. 

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