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Clinical Research Training Fellow

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom


You will participate and develop in the exciting Donald Heath pulmonary hypertension research programme. This multi-disciplinary programme combining clinicians and clinician scientists with biologists, physicists and engineers is based at the University of Sheffield and Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. As part of this post you will undertake research towards a PhD, and conduct two clinical sessions per week in the Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit within the Respiratory Medicine Research Directorate at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. The clinical sessions will be organised in a mutually agreeable time to suit the best needs of both the Pulmonary Vascular Clinical Service and your research project. Suggested supervisors and project areas are listed below and application should be submitted in collaboration with a proposed supervisor.

All applications will be considered but priority project areas are Assessment of Magnetic Resonance Imaging during exercise and vasodilator challenge in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Determining the vascular cell source of SMURF1 in pre-clinical models of pulmonary vascular remodelling in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). For further details contact Dr Alex Rothman

Identifying biomarkers to stratify patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension who may benefit from treatment with SMURF1 inhibitors (PAH). For further details contact Dr Alex Rothman

Interested applicants are expected to make contact with their prospective supervisors to discuss the project prior to application. Candidates are required to submit their application via The University of Sheffield online recruitment system, but should also complete the Donald Heath Fellowship application form, available as a download from the advert.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


 The clinical duties will include the equivalent of 2 NHS Sessions per week in the Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit, under the supervision of Professor David Kiely. The schedule will be agreed by all parties.


 Plan, develop, construct and refine existing and new experimental systems, apparatus, or equipment according to specification for research related purposes.

 Carry out project-specific work.

 Research, collate, organise and edit material for inclusion in reports, presentations and other documents.

 Attend training courses as required.

 Record and analyse data for discussion with the project group.

 Present results of research data in oral and written forms to the research group and wider department. Attend project, laboratory and consortium meetings.

 Contribute to the presentation and publication of results.

 Liaise with project partners including NHS and Industry partners as required.

 Read academic papers and attend research seminars to keep abreast of developments.

 Participate in training where required for the project.

 Ensure all equipment stock levels are maintained.

 Ensure patient confidentiality and that all patient records are secure when not in use.

 You will make a full and active contribution to the principles of the ‘Sheffield Academic’. These include the achievement of excellence in applied teaching and research, and scholarly pursuits to make a genuine difference in the subject area and to the University’s achievements as a whole. Further information on the underpinning values of the Sheffield Academic can be found at: Sheffield Academic.

 Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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