Clinical Research Training Fellowship for Medics


The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre is now advertising the above fellowship (2 posts are available) for clinical trainees (CT2-ST6 or IMT equivalent) who are committed to developing a career in translational research in the areas of mental health, clinical neuroscience or the interface between physical & mental health. 

The application deadline is Sunday 22 November 2020 with interviews planned for the week commencing 14 December (day to be confirmed).

Potential applicants are advised to read the full Pre-application guidance below.  The job description, person specification and link to apply are now live on the King’s College London website.

Preparatory Fellowships are designed to provide dedicated time, resources and support to bridge the gap between clinical training and a research fellowship, clinical lectureship or other career development award.

The successful candidates will each be offered training and support from a senior research supervisor who will normally take an interest in their development after the placement and guide them through to the next stage of their research career.  The expected outcome is the successful application for a Clinician Training Fellowship with the Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or other funding body; a Clinical Lectureship or other career development award appropriate to the appointee’s previous experience.

The posts are funded by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and the appointees will work closely with lead investigators from that group, thus acquiring skills according to their interests.  The post holder will benefit from expert supervision and access to resources and infrastructure across the organisation.

Two posts are available and we invite applications from candidates who wish to work in any area of the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre’s research activity

We encourage applications from candidates who wish to work on a project based in the NIHR-Wellcome King’s Clinical Research Facility (CRF).  The CRF has projects running across the range of disciplines in psychiatry from schizophrenia, depression, dementia and drug abuse through anxiety and staff responses to patient death. In collaboration with the Centre for Neuroscience Imaging there are ongoing projects that use state-of-the-art neuroimaging, including neurogenetics neurophysiological approaches to measuring brain responses and pharmacological approaches to exploring new treatments and treatment mechanisms.  For a fellowship project based in the CRF it is expected the post-holder will be directly involved in assessment of patients, procedures including infusions requiring close medical monitoring, and have direct involvement with MR imaging. 

Projects must fit the remit of the NIHR Maudsley BRC’s research priorities focused around novel treatments, precision medicine, translational informatics and mental-physical health.

Projects must also fit at least one of the Maudsley BRC’s research themes

Details about the departments at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the research taking place in each department can be found on the King’s College London website: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn

Further information about the work of individual researchers can be found in the King’s College London Research Portal

The exact location of each post will depend on the particular project and supervisory team that the successful candidate has applied to work with.

NOTE:  All projects that involve face-to-face work with participants must have a COVID-19 contingency plan in place in case face-to-face work needs to be paused.

These posts are suitable for clinical specialist trainees currently undertaking clinical training (CT2-ST6 or IMT equivalent) in Psychiatry, Neurology or related disciplines in the UK and who are committed to developing a research career in the UK involving translational research in the areas of mental health, clinical neuroscience or the interface between physical and mental health.

Salary: Funding will cover the post-holder’s current salary, plus £2,162 London Allowance.  The Flexible Pay Premium will be paid where applicable.

Non-pay costs: Funding is available to support the fellow with the cost of additional training, presenting at conferences and reasonable project costs:

  • Funding is available to support presentation at a maximum of two conferences, one of which may be outside the UK. The funding will cover conference registration; travel; accommodation and poster printing costs.
  • Funding cannot be used to purchase computer equipment; this includes desktop computers, laptops; tablets; mobile/smart phone devices.
  • Funding cannot be used to purchase office stationery.

The post holder will be employed by King’s College London on a fixed term contract for a maximum of 12 months (minimum 6 months). The post is full-time for 40 hours per week. Applications for part-time hours will be considered for a minimum of 40% FTE.

Before applying, potential applicants must approach supervisors to discuss projects that can be taken forward for the fellowship and developed further for a full clinical research training fellowship application.  Applicants can propose their own project or develop one suggested by their prospective supervisor.

Projects must fit the remit of the NIHR Maudsley BRC’s research priorities focused around novel treatments, precision medicine, translational informatics and mental-physical health.

Projects must also fit at least one of the Maudsley BRC’s research themes

Details about the departments at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the research taking place in each department can be found on the King’s College London website: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn

Further information about the work of individual researchers can be found in the King’s College London Research Portal

All applications must be submitted via King’s College London on-line application system. 

Prospective applicants should read the full Pre-application guidance below as this provides information about the documentation that will be required when submitting an application for one of these fellowships.

These posts are now being advertised on both the King’s College London and Maudsley BRC websites.  All applications must be submitted via the King’s College London on-line application system. 

Prospective applicants should read 'The application process' section above.

In addition to the on-line form, applications must include the following 5 documents in the order given:

  1. Covering letter (2 pages) to include:
    • Planned start date and duration for the fellowship if awarded (NB: the Fellowship duration must be for a minimum of 6 months and maximum of 12 months)
    • An explanation of how you would use this opportunity to prepare for the next stage of your research career
    • Explanation of choice of host research department and project supervisor
    • Information about existing or planned future fellowship or other funding applications
    • The covering letter should also clearly explain, with evidence, how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification.

  2. CV, including the DOI of any publications and the impact factor of the journal. Publications that have been submitted or that are in preparation should be listed separately. Where you are not first or corresponding author on a paper, please explain, in a few lines, your contribution to the paper and the work reported.

  3. Letter of support from proposed project supervisor.

  4. Outline of the proposed research fellowship (4 pages). To include:
    • The primary research question being addressed and aims
    • Details of the project, including methods
    • Resources required for the project and evidence that you will have access to these
    • A COVID-19 contingency plan in case planned work needs to be paused, particularly where planned work will involve face-to-face interaction with participants. Further guidance is provided here:  https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/support/rgei/covid-19-update-for-researchers
    • elevant training plans for the period of the fellowship
    • Details of how you will involve patients and/or carers in the planning and delivery of your research
    • Your plans for disseminating your research to patients and the public
    • Timeline including your research, training and further funding applications.
    • Budget for non-pay costs including training and reasonable project costs*. All expenditure must be in accordance with King’s College London Finance regulations.

Funding is available to support presentation at a maximum of two conferences, one of which may be outside the UK in accordance with UK Government travel advice. The funding will cover conference registration; travel; accommodation and poster printing costs.  Subsistence costs will not be covered by this funding.

* Funding cannot be used to purchase computer equipment; this includes desktop computers, laptops; tablets; mobile/smart phone devices.

* Funding cannot be used to purchase office stationery.

  1. Completed Appendix A indicating Maudsley BRC research themes and priorities the project will meet   Please see template for Appendix A

Please note:  Applications received without the above specified documents will not be sent forward for shortlisting.

 

The application deadline is Sunday 22 November (23:59). 

Interviews are provisionally planned for the week of 14 December - day to be confirmed.

 

For further information please contact Julia Wootley, Training & Capacity Development Manager:

Julia.wootley@kcl.ac.uk