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Clinical Research Fellow in Organ Donation & Transplantation

Job Reference: 918-RM3704

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Statistics and Clinical Studies
Newcastle - Freeman Hospital
£30,605-£48,123 pa



Applications are invited for the post of the NHSBT Cardiothoracic Advisory Group (CTAG) Clinical Research Fellow in Organ Donation and Transplantation. 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 using the NHSBT-maintained UK national organ donation and transplantation registry. The UK Transplant Registry is one of the largest and most comprehensive transplant databases in the world and the successful candidate will be provided with an outstanding opportunity to advance knowledge of organ utilisation and risk/benefit in pulmonary and potentially cardiac transplantation.


Work will be under the direction of Miss Karen Booth, Consultant Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon at the Freeman Hospital, Professor Andrew Fisher, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Newcastle University and Professor John Dark, Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Newcastle University. The post holder will also report to the CTAG Clinical Audit Group who meet four times a year. Through their research outputs, the post holder will help inform future policies and guidance on organ utilisation and donor-recipient allocation.


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 manage 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 Newcastle University and travel costs will be afforded by the Freeman Hospital through charitable funds. The base is Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, 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 Karen Booth (


This advert will close at midnight on 6th January 2019 with interviews taking place at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.


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.

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