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Clinical Research Fellow in Vaccines, Infectious Diseases & Immunology

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
£55,329 to £63,152 Per Annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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NIHR Clinical Research Facility (CRF) clinical research fellow in field of vaccines, infectious diseases or immunology. Several Fellowships (full and part-time) for adult or paediatric Fellow are open to those training in or wishing to develop a clinical or research interest in vaccines, infectious diseases or immunology, or associated field (such as infections of respiratory disease). This will either be a Junior or Senior role depending on experience and level of current training.

The Southampton National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is the operational centre of translational research at the University of Southampton (UoS) and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The primary role of this post is to assist the Directors and investigators in the running of clinical studies for patients in the CRF and Wessex Research Hubs including early phase clinical trials of vaccines, biological agents and other new drugs.
  • The post holder will therefore be expected to engage as appropriate with all aspects of the development and conduct of studies, including the submission and maintenance of regulatory documents, the recruitment of subjects and providing medical cover.
  • The post holder should work to ensure that all studies are conducted to Good Clinical Practice.
  • Working patterns are flexible depending on the study and visit requirements. Some out of hours working is required and contribution to an on-call study phone rota is required.

  • Individuals who are keen to learn more about clinical research and are interested in the potential of further research training (MD/PhD)
  • Excellent communicators
  • People who can contribute and work well with our multi-professional team within the CRF


Appointment will be made under local contractual terms and conditions of service for Trust appointed (non-training fellow doctors and dentists).

Successful candidates will have an educational framework equivalent to training grade doctors, and there will be a named educational supervisor assigned at the start of the post. The opportunity for Continued Professional Development (CPD) is highly supported and encouraged by the Trust, with options available to take study leave. All licensed doctors must meet the GMC requirements for revalidation and there will be an annual appraisal to support this process.

Grades for Trust appointed (non-training) fellows will be paid a basic salary at a nodal pay point linked to the grade, at the rate set out in the National Medical and Dental pay circular. Basic salary detailed below plus any additional remuneration (as applicable) for hours set out in the doctors work schedule (e.g. additional hours, weekend allowance, and any hours which attract enhanced pay)

Basic Salary - MT04 Basic Salary MT05 �63,152

Salary will be assessed based on experience and skills. Eligibility criteria for appointment to a Nodal Point 5
  • Have a minimum of 6 years of Specialty training
  • Hold relevant higher specialty exam (e.g FRCP, FRCA, FRCS)
  • A portfolio of evidence that demonstrates they meet the criteria for progression (in line with the Curriculum for the speciality similar to deanery trainee

Travelling expenses will not be paid for attending interview

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role. Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible. Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application.

Interviews will be held on TBC

Job Reference: MT1137- MEDICAL This vacancy closes on or before: 25/03/2024

For further information regarding these posts please contact: The NIHR CRF Director Professor Saul Faust ( or Associate Director for Paediatrics Dr Katrina Cathie ( )

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • GMC registration with a licence to practice
  • Postgraduate - MRCPCH or equivalent


  • BSc (or other intercalated degree) other degrees/ qualifications
  • Postgraduate - Undergraduate Awards Higher Degree

Previous or relevant experience


  • Minimum of two years post registration General/Acute (Internal)Medicine/Paediatric experience, of which 18 months must involve admission of acute emergencies and at least 6 months of acute unselected take If relevant: successful completion of a Foundation Programme and of Core Medical Training


  • Additional experience or demonstrated interest in a) Infectious Diseases and/or Immunology or b) beyond 2 years General Medical/Paediatric experience. or c) Some research experience

Previous or relevant experience


  • Appropriate knowledge base, and ability to apply sound clinical judgement to problems

Aptitudes and skills


  • Demonstrate the ability to be calm, compassionate, and able to respond efficiently to various circumstances, which may change rapidly
  • Proven ability to manage acute medical/paediatric emergencies
  • Proven competence in venous sampling and cannulation
  • Capacity to organise oneself and prioritise own work. Demonstrates punctuality, preparation, and self-discipline


  • ALS/APLS Provider

Living the Trust values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Aptitudes and skills


  • Evidence and ability to work effectively in multi professional teams
  • Understanding of equality and diversity and how this affects patients, visitors and staff
  • Evidence and ability to communicate and liaise effectively with patients and colleagues (verbal and written communication skills in English).
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills including ability to prioritise effectively and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to the specialty of research choice

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital


SO16 6YD

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