Clinical Research Fellow in Organ Transplantation
Fixed-term contract, 3 Years
Location: NHSBT Centre - Flexible, but must be within easy access of London and Bristol.
Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Organ Transplantation. This post offers an exciting new opportunity to pursue high quality and clinically important research in the field of transplantation. The Fellowship is funded by NHS Blood and Transplant for a fixed term of
three years and offers the opportunity to work alongside national and international experts in examining organ utilisation and its limiting factors.
The appointee will undertake supervised research using the NHSBT-maintained UK national organ donation and transplantation registry to examine organ utilisation and its limiting factors. The UK transplant registry is one of the largest and most comprehensive transplant databases in the world and the successful candidate will be provided with an outstanding opportunity to advance knowledge of transmitted infection following transplantation of both thoracic and abdominal organs.
Data on non-use of organs would be analysed in detail, exploring centre differences and recommending improved data capture to support future review. As part of the work the appointee would establish close links with the national cancer registries and examine, in particular, the potential transmission of malignancy from donor to recipient and consider how a regular surveillance program could be established. Another aspect of this work would be to examine the role that virology plays in organ utilisation and make recommendations to safely improve organ utilisation from virologically compromised donors (confirmed and suspected). Models will be developed to examine the risks and benefits of implanting higher risk organs versus remaining on the transplant waiting list. Work would be under the direction of Professor John Forsythe and other colleagues at NHSBT.
The post would suit an established SpR/specialist trainee with good working knowledge of transplantation and commitment to this speciality. Applicants must have a MBBS (or equivalent medical qualification) and full GMC registration with a licence to practise.
The post requires a high calibre individual, motivated to succeed and the necessary inter-personal skills to manage a large collaborative, cross-disciplinary national project. A demonstrable interest in clinical research and an ability to work within a team are essential. It is expected that the output of
this work would lead to high impact publications, national and international oral presentations and the necessary skills to develop a career in transplantation.
The base is flexible, but will require frequent attendance at meetings in London and Bristol, so a location in the South East is preferable.
Informal Enquiries about this post are encouraged and should be directed to Chris Callaghan (firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 020 7188 1543).
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This advert will close at midnight on Sunday, 15th October with interviews taking place at the West End Donor Centre, date to be confirmed.
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