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Lead Respiratory Research Physiologist

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist, Researcher
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity is available for an individual to lead the respiratory physiology research portfolio at Royal Papworth Hospital. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated individual to support both commercial and academic research activity within the Clinical Research Facility in the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart & Lung Research Institute and the Respiratory Physiology department at Royal Papworth Hospital. You will have responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of commercial research trials through identifying available capacity and training appropriate staff to complete research specific tasks.

You will support respiratory physiologists fulfil their research potential by advising on trial design, trial delivery, data analysis, abstract preparation, presentation of results to national and international meetings and publication preparation and submission. You will have your own research portfolio with the expectation of identifying appropriate grants, preparing submissions, gaining ethics approval and presenting the findings nationally and internationally. In addition there will be line management responsibility of other research physiologists within the department. Previous experience of working in a respiratory physiology department is essential as well as previous research experience.

Main duties of the job

As the Lead Respiratory Research Physiologist your main role will be to deliver on the department's commercial and non-commercial research portfolio. You will support junior staff members in their own research development through training on ethics submissions, preparation of abstracts and manuscripts. You should have a strong research background with evidence of previous presentation of research outputs in presentation form or in peer-revied publications.

You will liaise with department research stakeholders to ensure the service being provided continues to meet their needs. Being able to demonstrate effective communication with individuals outside of your current department would be essential.

On occasions your role will also include the performance and interpretation of basic to more complex assessments of respiratory function, such as challenge testing and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate degree (minimum MSc) in science-related subject
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council or similar statutory/voluntary regulatory body


  • Management and/or Leadership qualification
  • Current up to date Good Clinical Practice certificate



  • Demonstrable experience of assisting and/or leading research services
  • Previous experience of working as a Respiratory Healthcare Science Specialist/Senior Respiratory Physiologist
  • Knowledge of conducting respiratory research through devising research projects, collecting data, analysing results and preparing manuscripts for publication into peer-reviewed journals
  • Previous experience of assisting with developing, reviewing and implementing departmental policies and procedures


  • Experience of presenting results of translational research to national and international scientific meetings
  • Line management of junior healthcare scientists
  • Experience in performing and interpreting lung function and CPETs utilising SentrySuite software

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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