Salary: Grade E71: £31,931 - £46,215 p.a.
The Nuffield Department of Womens & Reproductive Health is seeking to appoint a Clinical Research Fellow. This post is an excellent opportunity for candidates interested in: a) acquiring experience of clinical research in a global setting, based in a world-class academic unit and b) improving their ultrasound skills in a research active environment (see: www.wrh.ox.ac.uk).
The research and ultrasound scanning is part of an MRC/GCRF-funded collaborative grant (PRECISE), a partnership of 10 universities led by Kings College London. This will establish a pregnancy cohort of 12,000 women across East, West and Southern Africa. Researchers will collect biological samples and information about patients lives, contexts and stories to build a unique and comprehensive data set which can then be used to better understand placental disorders. Of particular interest are preeclampsia, stillbirth and fetal growth restriction as an estimated 23,000 women and one-and-a-quarter million babies (both before and after birth) die of these complications in Africa every year. The postholder will contribute on part of the project that aims to develop and evaluate a low cost device, which uses ultrasound, and which supports gestational age estimation by automatically measuring fetal structures. In the short term it is intended to be used as part of the PRECISE study in order to ensure accurate gestational age estimation for the biological samples; however, the evaluation and assessment will aim at providing evidence for the systems introduction more widely into clinical settings in Low Income Countries, where ultrasound provision is absent or scarce.
This is an interdisciplinary collaboration led by Professor Alison Noble from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Professor Aris Papageorghiou at NDWRH. The postholder will be responsible for assisting in ethics application for the research; contributing to clinical study design; evaluating videos of research scans conducted in the field and measuring fetal structures to validate automatic algorithms; conducting research scans to support technique development; analysing findings and interpreting their clinical relevance and writing the clinical publications (abstracts and journal articles). The applicant will also have the opportunity to evaluate the device in the field and train staff, and limited travel for site visits to Kenya, Gambia and Mozambique is anticipated.
You must be a medical doctor and have, or be eligible for, full GMC registration, have MBBS or equivalent qualification and have successfully completed at least full-time hospital training to ST5 (or equivalent) in obstetrics and gynaecology. Demonstrable prior experience in obstetric ultrasound, basic understanding of research methodology and the ability to travel overseas as described in the job description are also essential for this role.
This position is part-time (15 hours/0.4 FTE) and fixed-term for 2 years. This post is available from January 2019. Applications for flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.
You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 17 December 2018.