Clinical Research Fellow in Haematology

Oxford, Oxfordshire
11 Dec 2017
31 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Haematology. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 3 years.

Based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, this post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to determine the value of the identification of the optimal matching of donor blood for multitransfused patients (for example with myelodysplastic syndrome or sickle cell disease) by genotype rather than phenotype matching.

This work will build on the work of an established research group, who plan to validate red cell genotyping technology, survey the target populations of multitransfused patients at high risk of red cell alloimmunisation and likely to be problematic for the identification of compatible blood, and establish a feasibility study and proof of principle for genotypically matched chronic transfusion programmes.

It is expected that you will register and submit this work for a higher degree. Training in clinical research and systematic review methodology will be provided. In addition, you will be strongly encouraged to register for a distance learning postgraduate qualification (certificate/diploma/MSc) to equip you with the necessary methodological foundations to understand the principles of study design, the conduct of clinical trials, and the analysis and interpretation of clinical trial data, both for this project and a future career in clinical research.

You will co-ordinate the project under the direct supervision of Professor Murphy and Professor Roberts as well as support from other clinicians, scientists and managers within NHSBT. Support for conducting systematic reviews, national and local audits of practice and laboratory work will be provided by NHSBT clinical and laboratory research groups.

Along with demonstration of skills and knowledge appropriate to the level of training in haematology, it is vital you have an interest in clinical research and effective health care. An interest in bioinformatics or computing applied to biomedicine would be an advantage. You should have the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team and have a good understanding of and ability to implement clinical governance measures. Additional essential expertise expected will include organisational ability, computer literacy and fluent writing skills.

The post would suit an established Specialist Trainee in Haematology looking to undertake clinical research. 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 a DPhil, high impact publications, national and international oral presentations and the necessary skills to develop a career as a clinical researcher in haematology/transfusion medicine. Salary according to qualifications and experience. An honorary Specialist Trainee contract will be sought with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for continuing training in haematology.

Informal Enquiries about this post are encouraged and should be directed to Professor Mike Murphy (; Tel: 01865387902) or Professor David Roberts (; Tel: 01865 387971).

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This vacancy will close at midnight on 7th January 2018, details regarding interview date & time will be confirmed closer to the date.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

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