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Clinical Research Associate

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £31,003.00 - £52,090.00per annum
  • REF: 14921
  • Closes: 01st March 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £31,003.00 – £52,090.00per annum

Closing Date: 03/01/2022

The Role

Newcastle Cancer Centre hosts one of nine Cancer Research UK funded Clinical Academic Training Programmes. The NU-CAT programme, in which the successful candidates will undertake a fully funded PhD 3-year fellowship, aims to nurture aspiring clinical academics through their early research career to becoming successful independent researchers and leaders in their chosen cancer related field. The programme, in addition to the individual’s PhD supervisory team, offers a structured individualised mentorship plan, a flexible supportive training environment, access to the wider CRUK centre network of clinical academics and ongoing support and career guidance throughout clinical academic training.

We invite anyone considering a career in academic medicine in a cancer-related field to consider this exciting opportunity to join the NU-CAT programme. Potential NU-CAT PhD candidates will be supported to connect with potential research supervisors within Newcastle University Centre for Cancer to find a project aligned with their interests as part of the application process (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/research/cancer). Candidates with their own project and pre-identified supervisory team are also encouraged to apply.

You will have a medical degree and have completed general professional medical or surgical training at membership level (such as MRCP/MRCS). You will need to be able to demonstrate your ability to develop a research proposal, have excellent time management and problem-solving skills, and demonstrate the potential to develop as a future clinical academic.

Informal enquires to: ruth.plummer@ncl.ac.uk or Alastair.greystoke@ncl.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

• To work as part of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, scientists and support staff, fulfilling the vision of the CRUK Newcastle Cancer Centre to provide the people of the North East of England with access to state-of-the-art cancer treatments and information by undertaking world class translational cancer research in a centre of excellence in partnership with local and national stakeholders.
• To undertake an agreed research project to advance cancer research, to obtain a higher research degree and to achieve a publication record of the kind that will enhance the centre’s research reputation at national and international level that will clearly demonstrate originality an scholarship and provide a foundation for a future clinical academic career.
• To attend and participate in the Centre’s academic activities e.g. laboratory, journal club and research group meetings and weekly seminars, develop research initiatives and original contributions to the research programme wherever possible and will contribute freely to the team research environment in a manner conducive to the success of the research project as a whole. It will be important to keep up to date with specific, clinical and professional issues, in particular developments in the specific area.
• To undertake, if appropriate for the specified research project and with the correct approvals in place, appropriate clinical research activities such as recruitment of patients to translational studies within Consultant-led clinics within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Attendance at relevant cancer multi-disciplinary meetings may provide additional experience in patient management, in addition to providing ongoing education in best clinical practice.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• A Strong and demonstrable interest in clinical cancer research
• Publication record in peer-reviewed journals
• Previous experience in clinical or laboratory-based research
• Analytical and problem solving capability
• Strong commitment to the study of biomedicine and translational science
• Team membership skills within multidisciplinary research teams
• Commitment to continuing professional development
• Ability to communicate complex information with clarity, both verbally and in writing
• Excellent IT skills
• Capacity for original thought
• Demonstrable time management skills
• Ability to take an active role in determining the future direction of research projects.

Attributes and Behaviour
• Ambitious and strive for excellence, with a demonstrable drive to succeed and to produce work of the highest quality
• Conscientious
• Enthusiastic and curious
• Ability to work flexibly, and under pressure

• Medical degree and completion of general professional medical training to allow entry into speciality training (for example MRCP)
• Full GMC registration with a licence to practice

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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