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Clinical Research Fellow x2

Department of Neuroinflammation

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 02nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: StR grade £38,616 - £55,551 per annum or JDPS £42,928 - £56,538 per annum
  • REF: 1880078
  • Closes: 30th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for the posts of Clinical Research Fellow (x2) in the Department of Neuroinflammation, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, to work alongside the study teams of Professor Jeremy Chataway on the OCTOPUS project. Optimal Clinical Trials Platform for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (OCTOPUS) is a multi-arm multi-stage (MAMS) adaptive platform trial that aims to speed up the development of re-purposed or novel treatments to slow or stop the accumulation of disability progression. Treatments tested within the platform will be focused largely on the broad mechanisms of neuroprotection and remyelination.

The trial has been co-designed by an Expert Consortium established by the MS Society composed of experienced clinicians, clinical trial methodologists/statisticians, basic scientists, healthcare professionals and people affected by MS. Its objective has been to design and develop all the components of an efficient clinical trials platform for progression in MS, including treatment selection, methodology/design, outcome measures, and infrastructure (recruitment and engagement). OCTOPUS is led by Professor Jeremy Chataway (UCL, Chief investigator) and Professor Max Parmar (Director of the MRC CTU, UCL, who designed and led the STAMPEDE trial in Prostate Cancer).

The appointees will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day running of the project, involving, but not limited to, consenting participants, data and blood sample collection, clinical assessments and MRI scan appointment organisation. Additionally, with the academic nature of the post the candidates are expected to participate in ongoing and new research projects and will have the opportunity to participate in the acute and long-term assessment and management of people with MS.

The successful candidates will be registered medical practitioner licensed to practise in the UK or eligible to be registered medical practitioners and hold MRCP (UK) or equivalent.

The posts are available from 1 January 2022 and are funded by a grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, for three years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidates will be registered medical practitioner licensed to practise in the UK or eligible to be registered medical practitioners and hold MRCP (UK) or equivalent. Knowledge of the clinical evaluation of patients is essential, as is experience of working with Multiple Sclerosis patients. A very high level of consideration and care for patients and research subjects, excellent oral and written communications skills and strong problem-solving abilities are also required. A GCP research qualification, an understanding of the biology of neurological conditions and/or assessments, and experience of PPE and PPI are desirable.

Honorary contracts will be sought from University College London NHS Foundation Trust, for which a DBS check will be required.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (email: IoN.HRAdmin@ucl.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries welcome to Prof. Jeremy Chataway (email: j.chataway@ucl.ac.uk).

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

30 Nov 2021

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Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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