ENT Research Assistant
Cardiff University - Cardiff

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A position is available for a ENT Research Assistant to conduct research in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology in conjunction with Professor Ron Eccles and to assist with conduct of clinical trials as required.

The successful candidate will conduct research in Oto-Rhino Laryngology in conjunction with Professor Ron Eccles, and assist in clinical trials on new medications.

The person appointed may also be eligible to register for an M.Phil postgraduate degree by research, under the supervision of Professor Eccles (subject to approval of candidate’s qualifications by the University).

Applications are invited from Specialist Trainees or Specialist Registrars who are motivated to develop an interest in research.

This post is fixed-term for 1 year.

Salary: £24,766 - £28,685 per annum (Grade 5)

This post is available from 1 August 2013.

Closing date: 31st May 2013

Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.


Job Description
To conduct research in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology in conjunction with Professor Ron Eccles and to assist with conduct of clinical trials as required.
  • To carry out research and assist in clinical trials under the supervision of Professor Ron Eccles.
  • To plan own day to day research activity within the agreed research programme of the Common Cold Centre.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research undertaken at the Common Cold Centre.
  • To write and maintain accurate records of the research being undertaken.
  • To contribute to research papers for publication.
  • To deliver oral and poster presentations as required.
  • To analyse and interpret the results of the research undertaken.
  • To prepare written summaries of the research undertaken.
  • To communicate and present research results within the research group, at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate.
  • To assist in the supervision of undergraduate students research projects.
  • To provide technical advice in relation to the research and the techniques used to other staff members within the wider research team.
  • To take part in knowledge-transfer activities, including collaborative meetings with other research groups.
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.
  • You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Person Specification
NB Recruiters use the person specification as a device for short-listing. Therefore all candidates should include a supporting statement to demonstrate how they meet all of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1.Experience in ENT.
2.Experience in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology.
3.Proven ability to conduct research.
4.Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
5.Excellent organisational skills.
6.Currently undergoing training as an ENT surgeon.
7.Knowledge/experience of collaborative work and translational research
8.Self-motivated and able to work independently with a flexible, responsible approach to working in a multi-tasking environment.

Desirable Criteria
9.Experience of supervising and directing staff and/or students.

Additional Information
Cardiff School of Biosciences
The Cardiff School of Biosciences is best known for the work of its former director, Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS, which was recognized by Sir Martin’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007 (together with Mario Cappechi and Oliver Smithies) "for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells".

Under its current director, Medical Research Council Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, who pioneered patch clamp single channel recordings in epithelial cells and discovered intracellular calcium tunnels in exocrine gland cells, the School provides a dynamic and stimulating research environment with impressive modern facilities and high-calibre research-active staff.

The School of Biosciences has over 350 research-active members working in 4 Research Divisions: Molecular Biosciences, Neuroscience, Organisms and Environment and Pathophysiology and Repair.

Each research division is led by an internationally renowned researcher and division members run dynamic internationally recognized research programmes.

The reputation of the School is reflected in the tens of millions of pounds in research funding that it attracts annually and by the consistently high level of publications in the top international journals (Science, Nature and PNAS) as well as the leading research journals within the sphere of each research division’s discipline.

Major research sponsorship comes from all the relevant research councils including the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, and The National Environmental Research Council, as well as research charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, and Cancer Research UK. The School of Bioscience also collaborates with many industrial partners.

In the authoritative 2010 Annual World University Ranking (based on research strength and performance) compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University ( http://www.arwu.org ), Life Sciences at Cardiff University is in the top 100 worldwide and in the top 10 in the UK.

Programmes of Study
BSc degrees are offered at undergraduate level and MPhil, PhD, MRes and MSc degrees at postgraduate level.

Staff and Students
The Cardiff School of Biosciences is one of the largest bioscience departments in the UK with over 100 academic staff, ~150 research staff, more than 160 postgraduates and ~2000 undergraduate students.

Director of School
Professor Ole H. Petersen CBE FRS

Contact
Biomedical Sciences Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AX, (tel) +44 (0)29 2087 4829, (fax) +44 (0)29 2087 4116.

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