Clinical Research Fellow

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

This is a 3-year post that brings clinical research experience and training in cardiovascular science and medicine. The post will include day-to-day delivery of the BIOPEF study, as part of the Glasgow Biomarker Centre of Excellence in Heart Failure, to assess the diagnostic performance of novel biomarker(s) to in patients with suspected heart failure and obesity. This will form the basis of research toward an MD or PhD.

Although research will form the major component of this post, participation in associated clinical duties and teaching may be incorporated.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1.      Support and implement the BIOPEF study, as part of the Glasgow Biomarker Centre of Excellence in Heart Failure, in line with Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and in conjunction with supervisors, collaborators and grant holders.

2.      Support the Research Management and coordination of the clinical research project, working with the Chief Investigator, Clinical Research Nurses and Research Management colleagues.

3.      Lead on participant enrolment, follow-up and co-ordination of study-related procedures to facilitate timely delivery of the BIOPEF study, maintaining GCP and data management.

4.      Develop a research thesis leading to an MD or a PhD and contribute to writing papers for publication in appropriate peer-reviewed journals

5.      Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and departmental research group activities, consistent with the Researcher Development Framework of the UK Research Councils.

6.      Present work at internal and external seminars and national/ international conferences as appropriate to enhance the profile of the research group.

7.      Contribute to the organisation of project-related workshops, seminars or conferences.

8.      Undertake clinical work under an NHS honorary contract.

9.      Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan – Inspiring People – Changing the World.

Knowledge / Qualifications


A1. Primary medical qualification

A2. GMC registration and licence to practise.


B1. Evidence of distinction in career to date e.g. prizes, awards, bursaries.

B2. Original research publications



C1. Strong interpersonal skills, ability to get on well with colleagues.

C2. Self-motivation and the ability to work independently.

C3. Good organisational and IT skills.

C4. Ability to manage research projects.

C5. Ability to work towards Institute objectives.


D1. Excellent communication both oral and written. 

D2. Approachable manner.

D3. Capacity for originality and innovation.



E1. Sufficient clinical experience in clinical cardiology. 

E2. Experience in clinical heart failure, ideally having worked in a dedicated heart failure unit.

E3. Experience in clinical use of echocardiography.


F1. Experience in research and research participant recruitment. 

F2. Experience in undergraduate teaching or postgraduate teaching.

F3. Experience / training in exercise echocardiography

Job Features

General Information Clinical Research Fellowships offer medical graduates the opportunity for training in a range of research methodologies relevant to modern biomedical science and related specialities. Most Clinical Fellows will undertake research training to consolidate career prospects, by participating in relevant research, which will usually form part of a further qualification or Higher degree (MSc, MD, PhD). The post should make individuals competitive for future NHS teaching hospital appointment or Academic Lecturer/Clinician Scientist awards.

Research Training

On registration in the Graduate School, the Clinical Research Fellows will have a mentor assigned. The mentor will usually become the supervisor for any matriculated Higher degree (see below). Clinical Research Fellows are encouraged to attend workshops and training in generic transferable skills organised by the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Graduate School. Full details of the programme are available at Regular attendance and contributions to research meetings of their group is expected.

Higher Degrees 

Clinical Research Fellows will usually undertake study towards a higher degree in the University of Glasgow. In the first instance the university usually requires this to be an MSc where funding beyond one year is uncertain or until assessment of progress during year one justifies transfer to a PhD programme (without delaying final submission). In addition to an academic supervisor, all postgraduate students will have an independent adviser. Either the adviser or supervisor must be a member of full-time University academic staff.

Clinical Work To pursue clinical work, an honorary position will be sought from the relevant NHS Service. This will usually be at the grade of Honorary specialist trainee (or equivalent). Clinical activities may be limited to those required for research training such as recruitment to trials and conduct of clinical research. However, limited additional clinical experience will usually be available subject to the agreement of the supervisor and NHS Services Clinical Director, with in-patient and out-patient experience in Medicine and relevant Specialties. Where any clinical activities of a Service nature extend beyond the usual working week, confirmation in advance of any such responsibilities and agreement on additional payments must be obtained from appropriate NHS Services management. The individual will have a contract with the NHS Services via the appropriate directorate/division, which will specify the agreed amount of clinical work and the level of remuneration. Since the funding for this post does not include an element for clinical training or NHS service work, any such clinical work must be arranged to avoid impacting substantially on research time.

Funding Sources

This post will be funded by a research grant from Roche Diagnostics, managed by the School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health. Salary will be on specialist registrar equivalent scale. As noted above, there may be opportunities for additional salary supplements providing NHS cover in Cardiology (by negotiation with local NHS management and subject to prioritisation of research). In relation to such supplements, the University will act as Paymaster only.

Research Training Base

The Clinical Research Fellow will be based in the School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health (SCMH) of the University of Glasgow.

Research Supervision

Details of the institute and its supervisorial pool can be found at University of Glasgow – Schools – School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health – About us


There will be no regular commitment to teaching but research fellows are encouraged to contribute to both problem-based learning and clinical teaching sessions for undergraduate medical students when research commitments allow.

Assessment of Progress

All those matriculated for Higher Degrees will be subject to the Postgraduate School of the College for progress monitoring. This is completed according to the regulations set down in the University Calendar. Written progress reports on projects on a monthly basis. Research in Progress presentations, at least annually, to the Institute. – Reports/manuscripts of results of clinical trials undertaken, as appropriate. General assessment during clinical work and meetings. Annual interview by independent assessors.


Research fellows will either return to run-through NHS training, or may become eligible for an academic training post.


For further information regarding Glasgow and the University: For further information regarding the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences:

The Graduate School of the College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences supports all aspects of postgraduate training and development. Its Clinical Academic Training Advisory Committee (CATAC) (Chair, Professor Christian Delles) arranges mentorship and support for Clinical Lecturers and Clinical Academic Fellows within the College. The Committee receives annual reports on progress of trainees and will take action where there is evidence of difficulty. Additionally, the Committee arranges annual sessions for clinical trainees that provide access to an informal network of support and more formal sessions on aspects of clinical research and clinical academic training.

All Clinical Lecturers and Clinical Academic Trainees shall have access to the extensive Research Training Programme in generic and transferable skills coordinated by the Graduate School.


It is recommended that the appointee will attend appropriate courses on teaching and learning provided by the Teaching and Learning Service.


The University is committed to undertaking Performance and Development Review (P&DR) for all of its employees with the goal of maximising individual and organisational performance while supporting personal development. Clinical academic staff who hold honorary Specialist/Specialty Registrar (SpR) contracts with the NHS have been opted out of the standard University P&DR framework, on the understanding that the appointee will undergo an Annual Review of Clinical Progress which will be informed by an Annual Academic Progress Report.


Informal enquiries may be made to: Dr Ross Campbell

Email address: [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the Clinical Research Fellow grade, £38,704 – £57,349 per annum. The post will carry an additional entitlement depending on “on-call” responsibilities. This banding payment is paid under a separate arrangement with the NHS for which the University acts as paymaster only.

This post has funding on a full-time basis (35 hours) for 3 years.

Probationary Period

All members of staff are contracted to a 6 month notice period.

Members of staff are normally eligible to contribute to the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) and on appointment shall be deemed to be in membership of the scheme and contributions deducted accordingly, unless the University is advised in writing prior to the commencement of employment of a wish not to join.” Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. It may be possible, if the relevant NHS Superannuation Scheme Criteria are met, for appointees to remain in the NHS Superannuation Scheme while in this post.”

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme

The post for which you are applying is considered ‘registered work’ in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act. It requires the successful applicant to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme member prior to appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act.

If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to PVG Scheme membership. Further information is available at:

Please note it is a criminal offence to apply for a child care position if you are on the Disqualified From Working with Children List.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

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