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Clinical Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology

Cardiff University
Cardiff (Caerdydd)
£35,350 - £61,207 per annum
Closing date
16 Oct 2022

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This role is an outstanding opportunity for an aspiring clinical academic to join an internationally-leading Neuroimmunology Imaging research team based at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC).

The post-holder will join a multi-disciplinary research team who are using one of the world’s most advanced MRI scanners (CUBRIC’s National Microstructural Imaging Facility Siemens Connectom scanner) to develop novel in-vivo imaging methods sensitive to neuroinflammation in humans. The role will include undertaking detailed clinical, immunological and neuropsychological assessments, MR Imaging, and clinical responsibility for participants undergoing endotoxin immune challenge within CUBRIC’s dedicated clinical testing facility; as well as working with a team of MR Physicists to conduct advanced neuroimaging analyses, presentations and writing publications. The post-holder will also work on a day-to-day basis supporting the CUBRIC clinical team and provide clinical cover including for any medical emergencies. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to undertake up to one day a week of clinical work related to their clinical specialty at the University Hospital of Wales. 

The post will be based at CUBRIC in central Cardiff and will provide excellent training and experience in experimental medicine, including use of the endotoxin model of mild inflammation, and advanced diffusion MR Imaging. 

Neuroinflammation, is implicated in the pathology of diverse medical, neurological, and psychiatric disorders including depression, neuro-SLE, Alzheimer’s disease and CNS complications of IMIDs. This post would therefore particularly suit someone aiming for an academic career in neurology, psychiatry, clinical immunology, rheumatology, or neuroradiology.

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a clinical academic career and will be expected to register and complete a PhD or other research qualification within the School of Psychology. Candidates must also be fully registered with the GMC at the time of appointment and should hold a RCUK certificate in advanced life support. A DBS check will also be required upon appointment.

The postholder will be given the opportunity to continue clinical work for up to one day per week. Arrangements for honorary appointment with relevant Health Board will be supported.   

This post is full-time and fixed-term until 31 January 2026.  Working hours 40 per week. 

Salary: £35,350 - £61,207 per annum.  It is not expected to appoint above £44,825 per annum, point 6 Clinical D1 scale.

Further information

To discuss the post further please contact Professor Neil Harrison, or Prof Mara Cercignani, or click the Apply button to apply. 

Closing date: Sunday, 16 October 2022

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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