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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/03/2021.

Clinical Research Fellow - Organ Donation & Transplantation

Job Reference: 918-RX6959

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Clinical Services
£32,478 to £51,069 pa


Salary: £32,478 to £51,069pa dependent on qualifications and experience

Location: Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, 3-year fixed term contract



Applications are invited for the post of NHSBT Clinical Research Fellow in Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT). This post offers an exciting opportunity to pursue high quality and clinically important research in the field of cardiothoracic transplantation.The Fellowship is funded by NHS Blood and Transplant for a fixed term of three years and offers the opportunity to work alongside national and international experts in cardiac and pulmonary transplantation and donor management.


The appointee will undertake supervised research comparing St Thomas cardioplegia and Custodial® HTK solution in adult donor heart preservation for heart transplantation. This is a UK-wide multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). The aim of the trial is to establish the efficacy of Custodial preservative solution used for donor hearts in reducing primary graft dysfunction and its associated high mortality in patients undergoing heart transplantation. This will help to determine the optimum cardioplegic solution for heart preservation prior to transplant.

All 6 UK heart transplant centres have agreed to take part in the RCT. Clinical leads of the national organ retrieval service in all centres will have direct supervision of the conduct of the trial locally.

Work will be under the direction of Mr. Marius Berman, Consultant Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgeon at Papworth Hospital, and Professor John Forsythe, Medical Director, ODT NHSBT. Through their research outputs, the post holder will help inform future policies and guidance on organ preservation.


The post would suit a specialist trainee with good working knowledge of transplantation and commitment to this speciality and can have a surgical, medical or intensive care background. Applicants must have a MBBS (or equivalent medical qualification), be established in specialist training and have full GMC registration with a licence to practise.


The post requires a high calibre individual, motivated to succeed and with the necessary inter-personal and analytical skills to coordinate a large collaborative, cross-disciplinary national project. A demonstrable interest in clinical research and an ability to work within a team are essential. It is expected that the output of this work would lead to high impact publications, national and international oral presentations and the necessary skills to develop a career in transplantation.


The Fellowship includes payment of PhD fees at Cambridge University and travel costs will be afforded by the Royal Papworth Hospital. The base is the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, but the post will require frequent attendance at meetings in London and Bristol.


Informal Enquiries about this post are encouraged and should be directed to Marius Berman (


This advert will close at 23:59hrs on Sunday 28th March 2021

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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