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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 Management Support Officer

Closing Date: 05-Dec-2018

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU). Based within the Usher Institute and the University Of Edinburgh School Of Medicine, ECTU is a close collaboration between the clinical academic community affiliated to the University and NHS Lothian. ECTU 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 delivery of high quality regulated and non-regulated randomised controlled trials.

This post will involve working across a variety of studies and you will join an experienced, diverse team within an established trials unit. You will be responsible for supporting the trial managers throughout the duration of the trial. Tasks will include setting up recruiting sites, tracking study progress, maintaining trial documentation and dealing with queries. You will have at least one years' experience in clinical trials or in a research co-ordination environment.

This post is for two years in the first instance with a start date of March 2019. Applications are invited for this post based at NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter, Little France Road, Edinburgh.

Salary: Ue05 £22,659 - £26,243

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Trial Manager

Closing Date: 10-Dec-2018

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU). Based within the Usher Institute at NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter, ECTU is a close collaboration between the clinical academic community affiliated to the University and NHS Lothian. ECTU 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 delivery of high quality regulated and non-regulated randomised controlled trials. Initially, with a primary responsibility to lead on a NIHR funded study in palliative care but you will be expected to contribute your expertise in support of other studies within ECTU as required.

This role will require close communication with the trial sponsor, clinical trials units, pharmacies and investigators across the UK. You will be educated to postgraduate level and have significant experience in trial administration and/or trial management. Some travel within the UK will be required.

This post is full-time (35 hours/week), available from April 1st 2019 for 2 years in the first instance (subject to on-going research funding).

Salary: Ue07 £33,199 - £39,609

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 27-Dec-2018

The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh

The new NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) is at an exciting development stage and we are seeking a Research Fellow to work with the Platform II academic lead. RESPIRE is funded until March 2021, and has institutional partners in 4 countries (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan).

RESPIRE is funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research, and is a Global Health Research Unit focusing on respiratory health in Asia. It is one of 13 Units funded across the UK, and one of two at the University of Edinburgh. RESPIRE aims to reduce the impact and number of deaths caused by respiratory diseases in Asia in partnership with collaborators from 4 Asian countries – Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan. RESPIRE will map and collate continuing and emerging respiratory challenges; prioritise existing evidence-based interventions that have the potential to be adapted to reduce mortality/morbidity in the partner countries; support local adaption/tailoring of interventions for deployment in low-resource environments and catalyse developmental work in areas of unmet need; support local implementation efforts and evaluation of programmes of work; and identify the best delivery mechanisms for long-term delivery/scaling-up.

It is expected that the post-holders research will influence several of these key aspects of RESPIRE activities, and therefore must have expertise in disease burden estimation, and disease burden in low- and middle-income countries, alongside a strong publication record.

Salary: UE07 £33,199 - £39,609

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Methodology Platform Coordinator (RESPIRE)

Closing Date: 03-Jan-2019

This is an exciting opportunity to join a global health research project on respiratory health where you will coordinate all aspects of the methodological objectives across many global partners. We are seeking an experienced individual with significant senior-level project management experience, with, ideally, an understanding of the underlying methodologies. This post will involve planning, developing, implementing, monitoring and day-to-day management of all methodological aspects (including data science, statistics, health economics, and qualitative themes), of the many and varied portfolio of adopted projects within the RESPIRE portfolio. An important aspect will be creating and sustaining viable networks among the partners, ensuring timely and quality delivery of these exciting projects.

RESPIRE is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health, a £7m 4-year collaborative project led by Professors Aziz Sheikh and Harry Campbell between Edinburgh and partners in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Malaysia. RESPIRE has achieved a highly successful first 18 months with the adoption of several dozen large and small projects, and identified 10 PhDs, across all the partners and regions on both acute and chronic respiratory issues.

The Methodological Platform (led by Professors John Norrie in Edinburgh and Shams El Arifeen in Bangladesh) addresses all the methodological needs of these projects – and future projects within the RESPIRE portfolio. These will be delivered through the RESPIRE Methodological Forum, including a web-based tool for discussing & sharing best practice in study methodology, standardising essential documents and policies/procedures, and providing an interactive repository for study protocols, statistical analysis plans, data management plans, and data sharing.

Salary: UE08 £40,792 to £48,677 

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Learning Technologist and e-Learning Coordinator

Closing Date: 03-Jan-2019

This post will provide specialist professional e-learning technology advice, supporting staff and students to make innovative use of digital services and approaches in learning and teaching. The post-holder will provide a learning design and technology service for the Master of Public Health (MPH) online and on-campus programmes and the Global eHealth online programme, providing specialist advice on learning design and technology to academic and support staff in order to promote innovation in learning and teaching and enhance the student experience. The main focus will be the MPH online programme (80%). The remaining 20% will be for the MPH on campus and the Global eHealth programme. The post will involve: developing and managing a comprehensive support package to online students, course organisers and tutors; organising, supporting and delivering course design initiatives; and contributing proactively to programme operation, management and planning.

Based in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, you will report to the MPH online programme director and work closely with academic and support staff to make the best use of the institutionally supported virtual learning environment (Blackboard Learn) and learning technologies in both course design, build and user experience. You will have proven experience of working with academics and professional staff to use digital services, especially virtual learning environments, as well as an in-depth understanding of digital learning platforms and how they can fully support learning and teaching.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and expert knowledge of a range of digital learning services, particularly virtual learning environments, will be key to this role.

Salary: UE07 £33,199 to £39,609 

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