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Senior Research Officer

Medical Schools Council

Location:   London
Salary:  £37,270 per annum
  Permanent
Post Type:   Full Time
Closing Date:   Monday 24 August 2020
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:   UUK01320

An exciting new opportunity has been created for an experienced, insightful and conscientious Senior Policy Officer to support clinical research and clinical academic careers in the UK. Working with the field’s leaders, the successful candidate will become the lynchpin between those undertaking research in the UK’s medical schools and university hospitals, and those funding that research. This post urgently needed to optimise the UK’s response to COVID 19.


In the post COVID environment much will need to be done to support clinical academic careers and to optimise information flows between those undertaking this essential research.


The successful person will almost certainly have experience of working in one of the medical research charities, in a university or one of the medical Royal Colleges. The Medical Schools Council’s office is based in Universities UK’s Woburn House, Tavistock Sq in London but all work is currently undertaken remotely and in future flexibility will be possible. 


It is a demanding role in a very busy office, providing support for the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC), chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty. for the MSC’s Research Sub-Committee, for the University Hospital Association’s R & D Directors and for effective communication with doctors undertaking their training in clinical research – either as PhD students, post-docs or more senior research scientists.  The opportunities are significant for the right person as s/he will be given the freedom to determine the most effective means of communication, collaboration and support.  The role is in part supported by four funders: NIHR, MRC, CRUK and the Wellcome Trust.


The role holder will need to develop a detailed understanding of training pathways for doctors undertaking clinical research in the NHS and the mechanisms by which that research is supported. The person will need to liaise with the funders of clinical research in the charities and Government funding agencies. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required and the person must be well organised, diplomatic, energetic and have the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure. It will provide an ideal opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in health or higher education policy as it involves exposure at the highest level to many aspects of education, research and service delivery in medical and dental schools, funding agencies and in university hospitals.  A degree and experience of the clinical research/research funding environment is essential.


Interviews will take place on 03 September 2020.

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