Clinical Research Fellow - Institute of Cancer & Genomic Sciences - Clinical Post

United Kingdom

Job Description

Position Details

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £35,254 with potential progression once in post to £61,042

Clinical Post

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to 3 years 

Closing date: 15 June 2023 


Role Summary

The appointee will be a PhD student in the area of paediatric oncology and be registered on ‘The Azaylia Foundation PhD Scholarship Programme’. They will undertake project-specific research in this area, on the below project, as part of an established academic team:

Metabolic and Imaging Characteristics of Senescence in Childhood Brain Tumours. Supervised by Dr John Apps and Professor Dan Tennant.

Their main objective is to produce international quality research data and present a thesis for PhD viva voce examination. The post aligns with current strategy in the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences to strengthen in the areas of clinical oncology and translational cancer research in Birmingham. It is an expectation that the appointee will help establish stronger links between the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and The University of Birmingham and enhance, directly, translational research capacity within the Institute.

Main Duties

  • To plan and develop research contributions to subject area using methodologies, critical evaluations, interpretations, analyses and other appropriate techniques 
  • To contribute to writing bids for research grants 
  • To suggest and contribute to the development of research techniques, models and methods in collaboration with colleagues 
  • To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective media such as publication, research seminars, attendance at conferences etc 
  • To provide guidance to other staff and students on own specialist area 
  • To contribute to the production of research reports and publications 
  • To prepare papers for Steering groups and other bodies
  • To analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate ideas based on outcomes
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture

The student will be part of an academic Team comprising at least two senior academics who will act as project supervisors. The team might also comprise post-doctoral fellows, technicians and other PGR students. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • Medical degree, membership of one of the Royal Colleges and higher degree in area of research interest
  • Appropriate levels of speciality training (ST6-ST8) in paediatric oncology
  • Possesses sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge to undertake both clinical responsibilities and research within established research programmes
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Planning and Organising

Plan for the use of research resources as appropriate
Contribute to the planning of research projects
Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort 

Decision Making

The direction of the research will be determined by the academic supervisory team in discussion with the student. 

Internal/External Relationships

Liaise with research and support staff on routine matters and with staff within clinical department 

OH/DBS required

Pre-employment OH&DBS

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and DBS clearance prior to appointment.


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Further particulars can be found here.

For further information please contact Dr John Apps or Professor Dan Tennant