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Clinical Scientist Radiotherapy Research Lead

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Applications are invited for a Band 8a Research Lead in the Radiotherapy Physics Unit (RPU) at Bristol Oncology and Haematology Centre.

This is an exciting new post providing leadership to our varied research initiatives, to encourage research and source funding opportunities. We are looking for an experienced Medical Physicist with a research background to join us in the Radiotherapy Physics Unit.

RPU also provides physics support to clinical trials and teaching on UWE and The Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) radiotherapy courses.

Radiotherapy in Bristol is provided by a professional and friendly multi-disciplinary team who are responsible for delivering a diverse and interesting range of treatment techniques. Bristol Cancer Institute is a specialist cancer centre delivering first class radiotherapy services to the population of the South West. The centre has 5 Elekta Versa HD linear accelerators with CBCT, 2 Philips Big Bore CT scanners, Gamma Knife, Varian HDR Brachytherapy and an expanding Molecular Radiotherapy service. We have recently commissioned SGRT (surface guided radiotherapy) system. We are well-known as a centre of clinical excellence and as such we have a proven track record of supporting and mentoring centres within the UK and beyond, providing peer to peer learning in the use of Clarity Ultrasound, Active Breathing Control, SABR, Gamma knife and Molecular radiotherapy.

Main duties of the job

The Radiotherapy Physics Unit (RPU) provides a clinical scientific service to Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) to allow the provision of a radiotherapy service for patients. RPU is also involved in several research activities and is a beta test and reference site for a number of products.

The post holder will be the research lead for RPU, and as such is responsible for co-ordinating and providing leadership for RPU research activities. The post holder will support a research and innovation culture, sourcing funding opportunities and writing grant applications. They will foster links with University of Bristol and University of West of England and companies with an interest in the radiotherapy field.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England.

UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description document for full list of duties but activities would include, managing radiotherapy research programmes, manging Beta testing activities, be the lead scientific link between the University of Bristol and University of West of England, foster research collaborations between academic and industry partners, being involved in sourcing funding and grant writing to produce further research opportunities in the department.

See person specification document for full details. The following are key requirements for the post holder:
  • State Registration with HCPC as a Clinical Scientist specialising in radiotherapy physics.
  • Proven background in radiotherapy research
  • Experience of carrying out project/development work guided by professional best practice, able to work independently and show initiative.
  • Sufficient experience and aptitude to work as an IRMER operator within a range of Radiotherapy Physics practices and procedures.
  • Able to analyse and communicate highly complex information

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • The post holder must have a BSc or equivalent in physics or engineering
  • The post holder must have, a postgraduate qualification in a relevant branch of physics or medical physics to the level of MSc, or equivalent
  • The post holder should have State Registration as a clinical scientist with HCPC


  • PHD in radiotherapy or related field
  • Qualified to work as a Medical Physics Expert, as defined by legislation

Knowledge and Experience


  • Proven background in radiotherapy research
  • Specialist training and practical experience with a wide range of radiotherapy physics specialists areas e.g. dosimetry, treatment planning, brachytherapy. This will have been gained from in-house and on-site manufacturer-provided training, by attending short courses and conferences, and from individual study of the literature
  • The post holder follows protocols for routine procedures but must have the understanding to take appropriate action when results, eg, of equipment calibrations, are unexpected. In development work, the post holder is guided by professional best practice and published work and acts independently and exercise own initiative
  • Should have experience in leading complex projects
  • In-depth understanding of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines [eg IRR99, IR(ME)R, ISO 9001:2015, BSI and ISO standards, professional and regulatory body reports and guidelines}


  • Grant writing experience

Skills and Abilities


  • The post holder must be able to communicate highly complex information, e.g., postgraduate level physics material to other professionals, in spoken and written form
  • The post holder must be able to present scientific papers on complex subjects to large audiences at national/international conferences. Complex subjects include detailed analyses of proposed and new scientific developments involving mathematical and radiation dosimetry algorithms, computer treatment planning algorithms and so on
  • The post holder must be able to prioritise and manage their own work. The post holder is also required to organise research activities, for example co-ordinating all stages of a research project in close contact with all members of the multidisciplinary team (i.e. oncologist, physicists, radiographers, clinical technologists and occasionally company representatives).
  • The post holder must be competent in the use of word processing, spreadsheet and database software in order, for example, to present results of measurements


  • The post holder must have system development skills relevant to radiotherapy computing systems
  • The post holder must have an understanding of and ability to create and use mathematical, computer and dosimetry algorithms in radiotherapy physics

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre

Horfield Road



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