Job offer in england Clinical Research Primer at University of Exeter

Are you considering a career as a clinical academic but want to experience life as a researcher before you decide?

This full time post is available on a fixed term basis from 1st August 2019 to 31st January 2020.

Applications from suitably qualified medical graduates are invited for six month biomedical research “primer” projects to be undertaken at the University of Exeter Medical School. These are supported by a Wellcome Trust ‘Institutional Strategic Support Fund’ award to the University of Exeter Medical School. The projects will commence in 2019 and the funding will cover clinical salary and associated project costs.

This opportunity is aimed at exceptionally motivated medically qualified trainees who are at an early stage of their career, but who can demonstrate the capability and drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a career as a clinical academic. The programme is intended to enable talented individuals to cultivate a research area and obtain pilot data important for the development a successful Research Fellowship application. Applicants must be fully-qualified medical doctors and will have started, or be ready to start, their specialist training (in which case the project will be undertaken as an out of programme module). Applicants should also be entitled to work within the European Economic Area (EEA).

Primers will be available in various areas and specialties. Some examples are listed below. Please contact us to discuss your speciality if it is not listed:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes and ageing
  • Environment and human health
  • Health services research
  • Neuroscience and mental health

Projects will be interdisciplinary in nature and so will be co-supervised by clinical and non-clinical members of staff.

The training period is negotiable (range 3-6 months) and will allow time for one clinical session per week, if applicable.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number R59727 in any correspondence

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 21st January 2019.

To apply, please complete an online application form. As part of your supporting statement please explain your reasons for wanting to complete a Clinical Primer Scheme at the University of Exeter (max. 500 words) and provide a brief summary of the area and type of research you are interested in (max. 300 words).

Further information including eligibility criteria is available from the University of Exeter website.

If you have any queries regarding eligibility or wish to discuss the suitability of your speciality, please contact Professor Tamsin Ford

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. Our Inspiring Stories tell you more about how we support our staff, including through a mentoring programme to help our staff learn from the professional and life experience of colleagues and explore opportunities and actions for career progression.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


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