Job offer in england Clinical Research Fellow (Cantest) at University of Exeter



This part time (50%) post is available on a fixed term basis for 5 years.

The University of Exeter Medical School is seeking to appoint a medically qualified researcher to join the CanTest Collaborative (see https://www.cantest.org/). CanTest is the first ever CRUK Catalyst Award, and aims to investigate ways to develop and implement new and improved cancer diagnostic tests in general practice. The CanTest collaboration is a multi-site programme co-led by Exeter and Cambridge Universities and includes two other UK institutions, Leeds and UCL and international partners in Houston-US, Seattle-US, Aarhus-Denmark and Melbourne-Australia. This Collaborative provides an exceptional opportunity for a researcher who intends to pursue a career in health service research in cancer detection/diagnostic research, working with leading UK and overseas researchers in this area.

The post

The overall research task is to examine which tests for cancer or risk of future cancer (such as blood tests, imaging tests, decision support tools etc.) can be performed in primary care to inform the development and critique of models of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of diagnostic tests in primary care. This includes existing tests, tests currently in secondary care, and new or emerging tests. We will examine five broad aspects of tests in the whole collaborative: do they perform adequately; are they acceptable to clinicians; are they acceptable to patients; are there specific safety issues arising from them; is usage of the test supported on health-economic grounds? The post holder is expected to lead on one or more of these aspects over a series of candidate tests.

Working within the CanTest team you will have the opportunity to join exciting research collaborations with a range of local, regional, national and international partners, and our close internal and external links will provide excellent opportunities to interact with other economists, statisticians, psychologists, operational research modellers, clinicians, and a wide range of related scientists.

About you

You must be a fully-qualified medical Doctor (GMC registered with license to practice), 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. A Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline is desirable. The post is particularly suitable for a general practitioner 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.

For those without a higher degree, we offer world-class doctoral research training for exceptional clinicians with demonstrated commitment to primary care research. The post provides protected time to develop high quality academic skills and complete a PhD/MD (if not already post-doctoral), whilst continuing clinical activities in the remaining working week.

For further information please contact Prof. Willie Hamilton, e-mail w.hamilton@exeter.ac.uk – email enquiries are preferred as Prof Hamilton is deaf.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.