Clinical Research Fellow
Guy Scadding Building, Royal Brompton Campus
INHALE: Personal pollution exposure and effects on the lungs in healthy and asthmatic individuals:
This project is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project that will examine the effect of environmental pollution in West London on respiratory health in healthy individuals and in those suffering from asthma. The responses will be analysed at an individual level using the most up-to-date techniques available. Ultimately, all the data will be used to develop models of the impact of pollution on personal health in both outdoor and indoor urban environments by integrating across biological length scales.
The research will be supervised by Professor Fan Chung at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College, in collaboration with Professor Chris Pain of Earth Sciences, Imperial College. It will be based at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College. The clinical activities will be based at the Royal Brompton Hospital Clinical Studies Unit.
Duties and responsibilities
Your responsibilities will be to (i) recruit healthy and asthmatic individuals for a period of close monitoring of their personal exposure to pollution and of their personal respiratory response to the pollutants and (ii) to obtain biologic samples from these participants for extensive analysis.
You will have overall responsibility for the success of the clinical aspects of this study. You will be given the opportunity to work on other aspects of the study including bench work on the biology of epithelial cells or on microscopic analysis of particulates in cells.
The post will be suitable for physicians who wish to gain experience in management of clinical studies. There will be no clinical duties and no on-call, but you will be encouraged to participate in clinical activities such as participating in clinics in order to maintain your skills. An honorary position will be obtained at the Royal Brompton & HAREFIELD NHS Trust.
You should be a full-time physician registered with the General Medical council with a postgraduate level qualification. You should preferentially be undergoing specialty training in Respiratory or Cardiac medicine, but other specialities are most welcome particularly those in General Medicine.
You should demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills, analytical and problem solving ability. Knowledge of data management and statistical analysis would be an advantage but such training can be provided.
You will be encouraged to register for a higher degree as the large amount of data collected in this study will be highly suited for use towards submission for a PhD/MD degree.
Starting salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. The salary range is £31,127 to £41,300 plus £2,162 London weighting per annum.
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