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Clinical Research Fellow - MR Linac

Employer
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Manchester
Salary
£43,923 to £63,152 per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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Profession
Medical research, Other medical role
Grade
Fellow
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Hours
Full Time
Setting
Hospital

Job Details

A two year clinical fellowship has been created to allow the applicant to gain experience in advanced radiotherapy and imaging. The particular emphasis of this fellowship will be towards the technological advances in Radiation Oncology. This position could be adapted to an MD if the candidate desired.

The applicant would be involved in developing clinical trials using the MR Linac with a particular focus on urological cancers and would be encouraged to pursue original research projects. It would be expected that such work would lead to abstracts, presentations and publications. There is also the opportunity to gain experience in phase I -III trials through two established research clinics.

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.

The position will start 1st January 2025.

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:

  • FRCR qualification or equivalent
  • IELTS SELT or equivalent (English language test for oversees candidates)

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 Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

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.

Teaching Commitment

The post holder will be expected to take a limited part in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as agreed upon by the supervisors.

Line Management

The post holder will be responsible to Professor Ananya Choudhury, Chair in Clinical Oncology, University of Manchester/Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Hospital

Continuing Professional Development

The Trust supports the requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) as laid down by the GMC and surgical colleges and is committed to providing time and financial support for these activities.

Job Planning

It is anticipated the post-holder will support up to four clinics per week and have the opportunity to spend time in radiotherapy planning. They will be involved in writing abstracts/manuscripts, planning new studies and attending educational meetings.

Please contact Professor Ananya Choudhury by e-mail for further details: ananya.choudhury@nhs.net

The Christie Leader

We have a set of leadership values for our Trust leaders, consisting of

Is patient and staff focused

Creates an inclusive team environment and leads with care and compassion

Empowers and coaches individuals and teams

Is a good communicatorlistens and shares Information and gives regular feedback

Takes responsibility for improving quality and learning and supports Research

Sets a clear vision/purpose for the team

Collaborates and connects with others

Is a strong and fair decision maker

Supports career development and discusses performance

Role models the Christie Commitment principles and behaviours

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential for the post

Desirable for the post

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT*

1. ATTAINMENTS

Educational

Postgraduate qualifications in medicine, such as the MRCP or equivalent.

CE

Qualifications

FRCR or equivalent in Clinical/radiation Oncology.

Good Clinical Practice

CE

Professional Qualifications

IELTS SELT or equivalent (English language test)

GMC registration

CE

Research / Publications

Evidence of participation in research and/or publications

AF/I

2. TRAINING

General Oncology training

AF/I

3. EXPERIENCE

Job Specific

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)

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

AF/I

4. TEACHING

Experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

AF/I

5. PERSONAL SKILLS

Acceptability

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

AF/I/R

Self- reliance

Willingness to learn new skills

Must be resilient and well organized

Ability to work to tight deadlines and manage conflicting workloads

Confident in ability, but knowing own limitations

Hardworking, enthusiastic achiever

Excellent written and oral communication skills

A/I/R

Motivation

Developments in oncology practice, particularly related to urologic oncology

A/I

Abbreviations for Methods of Assessment:

AF Application Form

I Interview

R References

CE Certification Evidence

Person Specification
Qualifications
Essential

  • FRCR or equivalent in Clinical/radiation Oncology
  • IELTS SELT or equivalent (English language test)

Desirable

  • Postgraduate qualifications in medicine, such as the MRCP or equivalent.
  • GMC registration

Research / Publications/ Training
Essential

  • 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
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Must be resilient and well organized
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and manage conflicting workloads
  • Confident in ability, but knowing own limitations
  • Hardworking, enthusiastic achiever
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Developments in oncology practice, particularly related to urologic oncology

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