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Clinical Research Fellow in Advanced Radiotherapy

Employer
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Manchester
Salary
£43,923 to £63,152 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2024

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A one year fellowship has been created to allow the successful candidate to gain clinical and research experience in Uro-Oncology. The particular emphasis of this fellowship will be towards the technological advances in Radiation Oncology. The fellowship will allow you to gain in depth experience in advanced radiotherapy techniques such as techniques MR-guided radiotherapy and brachytherapy. There will also be the opportunity to gain experience in phase I -III systemic therapy trials. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue original research projects.

This is your opportunity to launch a career in world-leading cancer research. You will play your part in our overall strategy to drive the adoption of more personalised treatment approaches. We are looking for candidates with ambition, commitment and a strong desire to develop a career in cancer research.

Main duties of the job

This position is suitable for individuals who wish to gain specialist training in advanced radiotherapy research. The post holder is required to have obtained a FRCR qualification or equivalent prior to commencing this post.

This post is for 40 hours per week to provide support for Uro-Oncology clinics plus bladder and prostate cancer research taking place in the Radiotherapy Related Research Group within the department of Clinical Oncology.

About us

The Uro-Oncology team involves 9 Consultants, 2 Sub-specialty Trainee and 2 Clinical Fellows. We are supported by a team of 4 Clinical Nurse Specialists. We are friendly, hard-working team focused on delivering high quality patient-centred care. We encourage all members of team to engage in SMDT, clinics and inpatient care.

The Urology (prostate, urothelial & penile only) Research team consists of 3 Clinical Research Nurses, 4 Clinical Trial Coordinators and 1 Research Nurse Team Leader. We have a team of 8 research radiographers led by a team leader who implement radiotherapy (RT) clinical trials including access to advanced technologies such as MR-Linac and protons.

On average, the team can be managing 20 recruiting studies and 20 studies in follow-up with Principal Investigators across clinical oncology and surgery.

We have access to a National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Facility on-site. This facility gives us access to a dedicated unit to treat patients on trials and a research laboratory to process clinical

Radiotherapy Related Research Group has world-leading collaborative researchers in RT immunology, radiobiology, biomarkers, pre-clinical drug RT combination studies, RT physics, computational oncology and Proton Beam Therapy. Its ambition is to drive Phase I-III clinical trials with state-of-the art radiotherapy, alongside imaging and biological prognostic and predictive biomarker development including genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Duties

  1. Carry out data capture and data merger of clinical, radiological and pathological-relevant information at the different stages of the project.
  2. Investigate different adaptive strategies feasibility, scope for margin reduction and normal tissue toxicities.
  3. Coordinate the input of clinical, radiological and pathological data suitable for appropriate statistical modelling.
  4. Work with the clinical and research teams to develop best practice protocols
  5. Work with other clinical oncologists, radiologists, radiotherapy planning specialists, physicists, systematic review methodologists, and statisticians to ensure a collaborative working environment.
  6. Protocol writing and submission of protocol to ethics and R& D
  7. Clinical trial activation
  8. Liaison with clinical trials unit (CTU) and industry partners
  9. Identification of patients eligible for clinical studies
  10. Counselling and obtaining informed consent from patients for study entry
  11. Clinical management of patients for trial-related procedures and treatment
  12. Collection and recording of clinical data
  13. Attendance at follow up research clinic for data collection
  14. Liaison with statistician and data analysis
  15. Produce, or contribute towards, high impact peer-reviewed publications.
  16. Disseminate research findings through presentations at seminars and conferences.
  17. Interact with allied research activities.

Person Specification
Attainments
Essential

  • Postgraduate qualifications in medicine, such as the MRCP or equivalent
  • FRCR or equivalent in Clinical Oncology
  • GMC registration
  • General Oncology training

Desirable

  • Evidence of participation in research and/or publications

Experience
Essential

  • Experience in urologic oncology
  • Experience of working in an academic environment
  • Ability to work with the MDT team
  • Overview of governance, ethics and other regulatory issues (e.g. data transfer agreements)

Desirable

  • Familiarity with modern imaging methodologies used in staging patients with urologic oncology
  • Understanding of technical radiotherapy and functional imaging
  • Track record of significant contribution towards peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Track record of successful grant proposals
  • Knowledge of cancer research
  • Experience with clinical databases
  • Experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

Personal Skills
Essential

  • Experience of working independently and within a team environment to achieve timely and valued objectives
  • Willingness to forge new collaborations and new ways of working
  • Patient friendly
  • Professional demeanor

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