Clinical Research Fellowship PhD Studentship at Imperial College London

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in immunology at Imperial College London. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for three years in UK. The deadline for applying is August 05, 2019.

The ExperimentalMedicineInitiative toExploreNewTherapies (EMINENT) invite applications for a prestigious fully-funded, BRC-MRC-GSK Clinical Research Fellowship-PhD studentship at the Imperial College London.

EMINENT is an MRC-Industry co-funded programme, which brings together investigators and researchers from University College London (UCL), the University of Cambridge, the University of Glasgow, the University of Newcastle, Imperial College London and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to undertake novel science that would not be possible outside such a cross-sector network. Academic researchers gain unprecedented access to GSK’s unlicensed asset portfolio, via collaborative preclinical and experimental medicine studies aimed at enhancing the understanding of disease mechanisms and accelerating the development of novel therapeutics for patients in underserved disease areas.

The overarching aim of EMINENT is to deliver significant scientific progress, to understand disease mechanisms, and develop new therapeutic strategies. Impact and success will be assessed across three key areas: Scientific innovation, network cohesion, and building research capacity through creating a cadre of scientific and clinical leaders promoting the benefits of multiple partner clinical/ preclinical studies holding a rich base of knowledge and skills developed within the unique industrial-academic research environment of EMINENT.

This innovative studentship is a partnership between the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Imperial College, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and GSK, and provides an unrivalled opportunity to undertake high quality research in experimental medicine in collaboration with academic and industrial supervisors. The studentship should particularly appeal to clinicians with a subspecialty interest and experience in respiratory medicine, infectious disease/virology and immunology. The studentship is available from autumn 2019 and the award covers the Fellow's salary for three years, research consumables and PhD fees.

The project will represent a unique opportunity to join the collaboration between Prof Openshaw, colleagues across the EMINENT network, and GSK. The successful candidate will join Imperial College London with the aim of completing their doctoral studies.

The successful applicant will join an experienced team to become skilled in leading the clinical conduct and analysis of human RSV infection challenge studies in older adults, to investigate age-related factors responsible for increased susceptibility to more severe disease in this age group. This will include histological and transcriptomic analysis of lower airway tissue responses to infection to determine the role of dysregulated inflammation with the aim of identifying potential targets or pathways for intervention to improve disease outcome. The project will provide the successful applicants with the opportunity to apply their strengths to pre-clinical and experimental medicine and gain unique hands-on experience in translational medicine.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to spend time embedded within GSK as well as working with academic collaborators. During the industrial placement, applicants will pursue their project work in collaboration with the relevant GSK project teams and gain an understanding of how science influences R&D decision making. The structured mentoring and training programme afforded by EMINENT will allow candidates to develop as academic clinicians enhanced with industry experience in designing and conducting experimental medicine studies.

It is essential that the applicant is fully registered with the GMC, and desirable that they already hold a National Training Number.

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory enhanced for regulated activity Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for the successful candidate. Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at or by telephoning 0870 90 90 811. You may also wish to view the College's policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.

For general queries on EMINENT please contact Dr Charlotte Summers (EMINENT Training Lead) via; and for informal queries regarding a particular post, please contact Prof Peter Openshaw

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