Preparatory Clinical Research Training Fellowship for Medics

 
The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre will soon be advertising the above fellowship (2 posts are available) for clinical trainees (CT2 - ST6) 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 aim of this guidance is to explain the scheme and what potential applicants will need to do before they apply.  The application deadline is still to be confirmed but will be no earlier than Sunday 15th December 2019.  Once confirmed, the date will be circulated and included in the advertising for the post.  Potential applicants are advised to read the full Pre-application Guidance document.

 

What is the purpose of these fellowships?

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

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 particularly welcome 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. 

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

 

Who should apply?

Applications are invited from clinical specialist trainees (CT2 - ST6) who are undergoing clinical training in the UK, and who are committed to developing a research career in the UK in the areas of mental health, clinical neuroscience or the interface between physical & mental health.

 

What funding is available?

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.

 

The application process

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. 

We anticipate these posts will be advertised from the week commencing 18th November 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.  This page will be updated to include a link to the job pack and on-line application form when these are available.

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

 

The application deadline is still to be confirmed but will be no earlier than Sunday 15th December 2019.

Applications must be submitted via the King's College London online system.
This page will be updated to include a link to the job pack and on-line application system when these are available.

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

Julia.wootley@kcl.ac.uk  0207 848 0745