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Research and innovation associate

Job Reference: 188-OTH1197

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Health science services
Hedge End, Hedge End
£37,570 - £43,772 pa

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the National institute for health research (NIHR) clinical research network (CRN) wessex and wessex academic health science network (AHSN) for a Research and innovation associate. This is a one year fixed term contract.

The post-holder will accelerate patient access to clinical innovations by facilitating high quality research to evaluate the efficacy and impact of innovative technologies. This will include the development of research methodologies to evaluate diagnostic and medical devices. The post-holder will work with clinicians, NHS organisations and industry.

Specifically, the post holder will be responsible for establishing and supporting technology related studies, from establishing initial partnerships, designing study protocols, supporting funding applications, and facilitating set up and coordination of technology related studies.

The post holder will work with clinical investigators, study sponsors, NHS sites, CRN and AHSN management teams and the NIHR clinical research network coordinating centre (CRN CC) to ensure that diagnostic tests and medical devices research is delivered in a consistent and reliable manner.

The post holder will divide their time between the CRN Wessex offices in Hedge End and the Wessex AHSN in Chilworth. In addition, the post holder will be required to work across NHS organisations in the local network.

The successful post holder must be able to work well under pressure, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills combining sensitivity and empathy, and be able to work independently, as well as a member of a team. This post offers the opportunity for personal and professional development and ongoing education.

The NIHR is funded through the department of health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR clinical research network (NIHR CRN) is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS in England, tasked with supporting the rapid set-up and effective conduct of studies, so that researchers can gather the robust evidence needed to improve treatments for NHS patients; there are 15 local clinical research networks (LCRNs). These local networks drive clinical research delivery performance across the locality, and champion the role of clinical research in the NHS at every level. CRN Wessex is and hosted by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

The closing date for applications is the 12 September.

The interview date will be the 20 September

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Carolina Parás, Industry Operations Manager, CRN Wessex


Dr Frank Ratcliff, Associate Director of Industry and Enterprise, Wessex AHSN

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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