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Clinical Research Fellow in Primary Care Cancer Research - Part-time (50% FTE)

The successful candidate will be appointed on the clinical scale £31,614-£54,741/(GP £63,102 - £81,798pa)

Applications are invited for the role of Clinical Research Fellow in the CanTest Collaborative.

CanTest is a five-year international collaboration for capacity building, education and research, funded by Cancer Research UK's first Catalyst Award. The CanTest collaboration is a multi-site programme co-led between Cambridge and Exeter, and including two other UK institutions, Leeds and UCL, and international partners in Houston-US, Seattle-US, Aarhus-Denmark and Melbourne-Australia. CanTest provides an exceptional opportunity for a clinical researcher who intends to pursue a career in cancer detection/diagnostic research, and provides a supportive environment to undertake research into how best cancer should be detected and investigated in the primary care setting. This post is suitable for clinicians who wish to combine research with clinical work in the remaining working week. Applications are welcome from either those with a higher degree, or those proposing to undertake a doctorate (PhD/MD). We are particularly interested in clinicians with experience in diagnostic research, particularly cancer (quantitative or qualitative) and patient safety.

You must be a fully-qualified medical Doctor, have a Degree in Medicine (or equivalent), as well as having the right to work in the UK and be eligible for home/EU PhD fees, and be fluent in English. The post is particularly suitable for a GP wishing to combine clinical and academic practice, though public health physicians, medical oncologists or other medical specialists researching the diagnosis of cancer may also be suitable. You will work on a portfolio of agreed work, with colleagues from all the collaborating universities in the UK and internationally. There will be opportunities to work in some of these institutions. You will also be able to attend and contribute to the International School for Cancer Detection Research in Primary Care, newly established by the CanTest Collaborative.

The financial support offered through this new programme is for research up to five years 50% /half-time work (or pro-rata for part-time working) and includes a clinical equivalent salary, limited research expenses, general training funds and reasonable travel costs. The post holder will be expected to also undertake clinical work. A post-doctoral appointee will be supported to progress to attaining post-doctoral fellowship or other competitive research income as PI towards the end of their tenure, while a pre-doctoral appointee will be expected to register and attain their doctorate during their tenure.

This post requires a Honorary Clinical Contract.

Funds are available until 31st July 2022.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The post holder will be based at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care's Primary Care Unit, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of city centre).

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Dr Fiona Walter by email (

Closing date: 6 July 2017

Interviews are expected to take place in Cambridge during the w/c 17th July 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference SN12378 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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