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Early Stage Researcher (Ph.D. student/Clinical Research Fellow) position;
Parasympathetic tone modulation in functional gastrointestinal disorders and dysmotility syndromes
We invite applications for a three-year Early Stage Researcher (Ph.D. student/Clinical Research Fellow) position being part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network NeuroGut.
This project will contribute to the systematic investigation of manipulation of parasympathetic nervous system (vagal) tone in functional gastrointestinal disorders and dysmotility syndrome. This project will utilize a multi-disciplinary approach (autonomic neuroscience, molecular biology, visceral nociceptive pathways and in vivo motility assessments) to systematically investigate the role of vagal tone modulation (physiologically, pharmacologically and electrically) in the treatment of these disorders thereby potentially identifying a completely novel approach to the treatment of these disorders.
The dynamic enthusiastic young researcher will be involved in designing and executing studies investigating the mechanisms and efficacy of vagal tone modulation in the treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders and dysmotility syndromes. A particular focus will be on the role of transcutaneous electrical vagal nerve stimulation. The aim of the project is to further understand the basis of the modulation of vagal nerve tone as a potential treatment for these disorders. The project will employ state of the art autonomic function techniques to record vagal tone as well as psychophysiological responses to visceral pain. It is expected that the candidate will perform a body of research that will contribute to the award of a Ph.D.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- To comprehensively assess patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.
- To ensure that the highest quality data is collected.
- To assist with weekly tertiary referral Neurogastroenterology clinics.
- An Honorary Clinical Registrar contract from Barts Health will be required.
- 2. Teaching and R&D
To provide ad-hoc teaching for doctors, nurses, medical students, other health care professionals and external organisations in both formal and informal settings.
- To maintain study folders in line with guidance from the MHRA and the hospital R&D Department.
- To acquire the knowledge and skills essential for effective research governance.
- Writing appropriate Ethics applications and supporting documents.
- Recruit participants for studies.
- Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group.
- Read academic papers and attend conferences to keep abreast of developments.
- Plan for specific aspects of the research programme and contribute to overall planning of future work of the research team, incorporating issues such as availability of resources, project milestones and overall research aims.
- Continuously monitor and check results. The unpredictability of research means that daily planning needs to accommodate new developments.
- Writing research papers and participating in research meetings locally, nationally and internationally, as appropriate.
- To act as an independent agent in setting up appointments, dealing with referrals and telephone calls and in the general co-ordination of arrangements for patients and/or healthy subjects.
- To ensure the highest standard of record keeping, maintaining accurate and appropriate patient records, including the strict confidentiality of all records.
- To attend Departmental and other meetings as appropriate.
- To act at all times in accordance with the highest professional standards, and to ensure that these are maintained in the delivery of all aspects of patient care.
- To ensure that he/she is covered, at all times, by appropriate medical indemnity.
- As duties and responsibilities change, the job description will be reviewed and amended in consultation with the postholder.
- The postholder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager.
- The postholder will actively follow Queen Mary, University of London policies including Equal Opportunities policies.
- The postholder will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health and Safety Regulations.
Subject to meeting the University Registration requirements, the postholder will be encouraged to study for a higher degree.
- There is funding for this post for three years in the first instance.
You will be expected to register in the PhD programme at Queen Mary University of London.
Highly competitive salary as well as funds to participate in training activities of the NeuroGut network as well as in international conferences.
This position will be hosted in the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. You will be expected to undertake some training at a NeuroGut partner institution or enterprise during your studies.
Please send your CV and a letter of intent to Professor Qasim Aziz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on the NeuroGut Initial Training Network can be found at www.neurogut.eu
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
FP7/People – Marie Curie Actions
TYPE OF CONTRACT
Hours per week
Full time position - 36
ORGANISATION / INSTITUTE CONTACT DATA
Queen Mary University of London
FACULTY / DEPARTMENT / RESEARCH LAB
Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Blizard Institute
26 Ashfield Street
ENVISAGED JOB STARTING DATE
HOW TO APPLY
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
DEGREE: Master degree or equivalent
Essential: S/he will have demonstrable high quality clinical competence in internal medicine and MRCP(UK) or equivalent qualification. S/he will have appropriate experience and be qualified for GMC registration.
Desirable: A pre-clinical scientific BSc degree or equivalent at the level of 2:1 or above.
LANGUAGES LEVEL: Excellent
REQUIRED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
MAIN RESEARCH FIELD
(e.g. medical sciences, biological sciences, etc.)
RESEARCH SUB FIELD
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Candidates should ideally hold a National Training Number in Gastroenterology although applications will be considered from those outside gastroenterology.
Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. The candidate should not possess a Ph.D. and should have less than 4 years of research experience after graduation with a degree allowing to start a Ph.D. thesis.
Essential: Laboratory techniques
Both healthy subjects and patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders/dysmotility syndromes will be used for these studies.
Knowledge of some or all of the following equipment and techniques would be advantageous, but can be acquired in post:-
1. Use of autonomic function testing.
2. Alogmetric measurements.
3. Psychometric assessment.
Research and Clinical Skills
Desirable: To have clinical and/or laboratory research experience as well as previous experience of UK NHS/EU hospital work.
Essential: S/he must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; good communication skills are of the utmost importance as is the ability to work as a member of a team. S/he must be able to use his or her initiative but also be prepared when necessary to follow instructions closely. S/he must have the ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines and the ability to conduct high quality research. S/he will have the ability to analyse and write-up data. S/he will have well-developed leadership, management, and influencing skills.
S/he will have the ability to work collaboratively, harmoniously with clinical and scientific colleagues of all cultures and backgrounds and as part of a team. S/he must be able to take the initiative, be focussed and well-organised, enthusiastic, and eager to learn.
It is essential that the postholder is committed to academic research and to continuous professional development.
Knowledge of practical statistics in medical research. This may be gained by attending courses as part of the QMUL programme whilst in post.
Desirable: Prior knowledge of statistical analysis (SPSS, STATA, SAS) and IT experience (Word, Excel, Access, Endnote).
4. Other requirements
Essential: Membership of relevant professional organisations. Computer literacy and familiarity with Internet resources is also essential.
Please note: This job description reflects the present requirements of the post. As duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description may be reviewed and be subject to amendment, after appropriate consultation with the postholder.