View Vacancy -- Clinical Research Fellow - LMS 986

Open Date
07/12/2018, 12:00
Close Date
24/02/2019, 23:55
MRC London Institute of Medical Science

The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) is one of three MRC-funded research Institutes in the UK and is a Division of Imperial College London (IC), one of the UK’s top Universities. The LMS, situated on the Hammersmith Hospital campus of IC, employs over 400 researchers and fosters an interactive, interdisciplinary environment that provides a dynamic interface between leading basic and clinical research.

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MRC - 3
£32,782 - £47,064 pa inclusive
Fixed Term
Full Time
1 year

Overall purpose:

The research of the Psychiatric Imaging Group focuses on understanding the neurobiology of mental illnesses and the effects of drugs. The Group conducts studies in healthy volunteer and patient groups using PET and other imaging modalities as well as micro-PET imaging of models of schizophrenia and its risk factors. Current projects include investigating the:

  • neurobiology of risk and the development of psychosis using multi-modal imaging
  • the relationship between neurocognitive function and brain function
  • the effects of environmental risk factors on brain function
  • the neurobiology of negative and mood symptoms
  • drug effects on the brain, including determining why some patients respond to treatment and others don’t

The Group works in close collaboration with the Psychosis Interdisciplinary Research Group at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), Kings College London. The IoP is the largest psychiatric research institution in Europe and Psychosis Studies was ranked world leading in the most recent research assessment exercise.

The post-holder will assist with several on-going projects as well as developing new projects as directed by Professor Oliver Howes. The post may require some time to be spent at the Institute of Psychiatry for specific projects.

Fellows may be eligible for an Honorary clinical contract with an associated NHS Trust and may carry out some clinical work, by agreement, where this assists their research. For this purpose, full registration with the GMC is essential. The post will involve travel to other sites.

The post-holder will be expected to take an active part in the academic activities of the LMS, including contributing to journal club and seminar presentations, and where appropriate to present data at national and international meetings.

This post provides an excellent opportunity to develop and extend research skills, for someone with an interest in clinical research. There is the potential to undertake a PhD/MD depending on eligibility. It would also be an excellent opportunity for an academic clinical fellow to spend an extended period in research.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Identification, and recruitment of patients with mental illnesses and healthy volunteers for PET, MRI and related research
  • Preparing and running research projects
  • Preparation of funding applications, under supervision
  • PET scanning and MRI scanning of patients and healthy volunteers as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Analysis of imaging and other data
  • Administration of research (ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements)
  • Writing up results for publication in journals and presentation at internal, national and international meetings
  • Attend specialist clinical and research meetings as required
  • Teaching and supervision of students as required

Key Responsibilities

  • To facilitate the conduct and smooth running of research within the Group
  • To attend Group and other relevant meetings
  • To maintain knowledge and practice of research in line with governance procedures
  • To attend relevant workshops and development training as necessary
  • Ensure safe care of research volunteers

Education / Qualifications / Training required (will be assessed from application form):


  • MBBS or equivalent

Previous work experience required (will be assessed from application form and at interview):


  • Relevant clinical work

Knowledge and experience (will be assessed from application form and at interview):



  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff
  • Good interpersonal skills with patients/volunteers

Organisational skills


  • Effectively prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Ability to accurately document work and write reports and protocols
  • Attention to detail and focus on high quality work
  • Enthusiasm for psychiatric research and clear career path

Data handling and analysis and critical thinking


  • Basic knowledge of database software (eg Excel) and statistical analysis
  • Potential to think critically about research data and generate research ideas
Please submit your CV with a brief cover letter describing how you fit the person specifications and your motivation for the post, as well as names and contacts of two scientific references.Please quote reference LMS-986.
The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

This opportunity is closed to applications.