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Current opportunities to join the Usher Institute.

 A summary of current Usher Institute vacancies is provided below. Applications usually close at 5pm on the noted date.

Please note that all Usher Institute vacancies are advertised on the vacancies section of the University of Edinburgh Jobs website, where it is possible to set up personalised email notifications for future vacancies of interest.​

Trial Manager

Closing Date: 11-Dec-2019

This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Trial Manager to join Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU), a leading registered trials unit based within the Usher Institute at Edinburgh BioQuarter. ECTU has a proven track record on delivering research and answering important questions about treatment and service delivery within the NHS. We work closely with patient groups and clinicians who are outstanding in their field.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organised person who is able to work independently, managing your own workload and work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Applicants will have experience of setting-up and management of clinical trials and will possess good problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

The post holder will take the lead in supporting the Chief Investigator in the planning, direction, operational management and completion of the trial, preparing reports for funders and regulatory bodies and day-to-day management of the trial. The Trial Manager will be instrumental in ensuring that the research is properly conducted according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the Research Governance Framework.

If you have substantial experience in trial administration and/or trial management we would like to hear from you!

This post is full-time (35 hours/week), available immediately for 2 years in the first instance (subject to on-going research funding).

Salary:  UE07 £33,797 to £40,322  

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IMPACT-ACE Research and Education Administration Coordinator

Closing Date: 16-Dec-2019

We are looking to appoint to the post of IMPACT-ACE Research and Education Administration Co-Ordinator. The successful candidate would provide administrative support for research projects within the IMPACT-ACE research group led by Dr. Milly Lo based in Child Life and Health and the Usher Institute within University of Edinburgh. The post will also provide support for finance and teaching administration within Child Life and Health, including the MSc in Paediatric Emergency Medicine Distance Learning Programme. This work demands close attention to detail, discretion and the ability to prioritise and use good judgement and initiative.

The candidate should have previous experience in a similar role and excellent communication and organisational skills. The ability to use initiative, to cope under pressure, to maintain confidentiality, to meet tight deadlines and show flexibility is also required. Finally, a high level of competence with Microsoft Office, email and the internet is essential.

Child Life and Health is currently located at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Sciennes Road with relocation to the newly built Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at the Edinburgh BioQuarter due in Autumn 2020.

This is a full time, fixed-term post. Job sharing and flexible work patterns are possible.

Salary:  UE05 £23,067 to £26,715  

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 19-Dec-2019

We wish to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow at the Usher Institute. Reporting to, and working with, Dr Saturnino Luz you will conduct research, including implementation and testing of software, as part of an EC funded programme, SAAM project (Supporting Active Aging through Multimodal coaching). The post holder will co-ordinate a work package to research and test advanced sensing, monitoring, and support mechanisms for monitoring/assessment of older users’ physical and cognitive well-being, and provide recommendations for further system use and development.

You will have a PhD (or near completion) in Informatics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or related area, or substantial equivalent experience and a good first degree in a relevant subject. You will also have demonstrable experience of machine learning methods for analysis of language and time-based data, and in managing and processing large, heterogeneous data sets. Excellent computer programming skills (C/C++, Java, Matlab, Python, R), with a knowledge of the main machine learning libraries and packages and a demonstrable ability in drafting project reports, papers, and peer-reviewed publications commensurate with an appointment at this level are also crucial to the post.

This is a full time post, 35hrs per week. The post will be taken up as soon as possible and will be fixed term until 30th September 2020, further extension possible pending further funding.

Salary:  UE07 £33,797 to £40,322  

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Chief Operating Officer (COO) - Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health (BREATHE)

Closing Date: 06-Jan-2020

We wish to appoint an outstanding Chief Operating Officer who will be a senior player in delivering a new Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health (BREATHE). As part of the UK’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, BREATHE was awarded £4.6M in August 2019 to deliver the respiratory hub. Our vision is to transform the UK’s respiratory health through creating Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) respiratory rich datasets; providing expert support to catalyse their responsible use in respiratory research and innovation.

BREATHE is a UK wide consortium involving many of the UK’s leading respiratory academics, and key collaborators from the government, industry and the third sector. The respiratory DIH will be led by Professor Aziz Sheikh and will based in and co-ordinated from the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh with satellite offices based at Imperial College London (Dr Jennifer Quint), Leicester (Professor Martin Tobin) and Swansea Universities (Professor David Ford).

Working closely with the leadership team, the post holder will be a senior player in shaping the future of the Hub, setting the vision for the Hub and ensuring delivery of this ambitious project within very tight timescales. Developing partnerships with multiple stakeholders in the private, public and third sectors, the COO will create the engagement strategy and lead the development of a sustainable business model.

Successful candidate will have significant senior level project or programme management experience and proven ability to create a strategic vision.

The post is available from December 2019, full-time (35 hours) until 31st August 2022. Any extension would be subject to a funding review.

Salary:  UE09 £52,559 - £59,135

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Research Nurse

Closing Date: 06-Jan-2020

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a research project within the Usher Institute/ IGMM at the University of Edinburgh. Based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, the successful applicant will be responsible for the identification and recruitment of patients with symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer in a new research study funded by CRUK. Eligible patients will be identified and recruited from NHS endoscopy units, CT scanning units and colorectal units mainly from the Western General Hospital (Edinburgh). Some patients will be recruited from the Royal Infirmary (Edinburgh), Queen Margaret Hospital (Dunfermline) and St John's Hospital (Livingston). The post-holder will be responsible for various aspects of study management including patient recruitment, blood sampling and the collection of study specific information.

Applicants should be a Registered Nurse with relevant post-registration experience in a clinical research environment. You must have a proven ability to work independently and the drive to push projects forward ensuring that relevant guidelines and regulations are adhered to. Attention to detail, excellent communication and organisational skills are essential for this post. In addition, applicants must have their own transport and be prepared to travel within Edinburgh, West Lothian and Dunfermline.

This is a full-time (35 hours per week), fixed term position until 31 January 2021.

Salary:  UE06N £28,331 to £32,816

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Senior Research Manager

Closing Date: 06-Jan-2020

This is an exciting newly created Senior Research Manager post within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU). ECTU is a close collaboration between the clinical academic community affiliated to the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian and is based within the Usher Institute. ECTU is a registered Clinical Trials Unit and supports the development and delivery of research proposals which answer important questions that will have a bearing on treatment and service delivery within the NHS. ECTU’s aim is to ensure the continued delivery of high quality regulated and nonregulated randomised controlled trials.

This new post will require the successful applicant to liaise closely with clinical colleagues to manage and oversee applications for research funding within ECTU. Working closely with other University departments, funders and sponsors they will take a leading role in planning, co-ordinating and costing new funding applications. Utilising excellent communication and strategic skills, together with the ability to organise and motivate others they will plan and develop a portfolio of funding applications.

This post is full-time (35 hours/week) and is fixed term for 2 years in the first instance (subject to on-going funding) from April 2020 (or earlier by negotiation).

Salary:  UE08 £41,526 - £49,553

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