Postdoctoral Fellow in Heart Failure and Type 2 Diabetes
University of Leicester Department:Cardiovascular Sciences
United Kingdom



Vacancy ID:1116
Department:Cardiovascular Sciences
Vacancy terms:Open ended contract subject to fixed term funding. Funding is available for three years, not beyond 31 October 2023
Salary details:Grade 8 £39,609 to £48,677 per annum (non-clinical) or up to £47,139 per annum (clinical)
Hours per week:40
Advert closes midnight on:20 Jun 2019


About the role

We are recruiting for an NIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in Heart Failure and Type 2 Diabetes. The candidate can be a clinical OR non clinical postdoctoral fellow. Separate job descriptions for each post are provided on the right hand side.

The post is part of a package of support provided by the NIHR in relation to the Research Professorship awarded to Prof McCann. The appointee will join a dynamic and rapidly expanding research group which has secured £7 million in research grants in the last 12 months. The post is based at Glenfield Hospital in an outstanding environment, including a NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), a BHF funded Clinical Research Centre, a BHF Accelerator centre award, the Van Geest Biomarker facility, a NIHR Clinical Research Facility including a dedicated 3T MRI research scanner (Siemens Skyra, with an additional BHF funded Siemens Vida being installed in 2019) and clinical physiology labs/consulting rooms.

The successful candidate will work closely with Professor Gerry McCann and other staff working on a programme of research around the early detection, diagnosis and prevention of heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes. The primary project is to develop a clinical risk score for the presence of subclinical cardiovascular dysfunction detected by cardiac MRI in a multi-ethnic cohort of asymptomatic adults with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes (PREDICT study).

You will co-supervise a clinical research fellow working on this project and a non-clinical PhD student undertaking a feasibility study of low-calorie meal replacement plan in patients who have diabetes with Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction. Other work packages of the research programme include a biomarker diagnosis of early heart failure and intervention studies of patients with subclinical cardiac dysfunction. You will lead on validating our data on the UK Biobank population and other cohorts. This work is one of the flagship projects of the NIHR Leicester BRC and you will work closely with colleagues in the Leicester Diabetes Centre and the Leicester Precision Medicine Institute.

About you

Clinical applicants should have an MB BS or equivalent, full GMC registration, a licence to practice, PhD/MD in a related subject (Diabetes/Imaging/Heart Failure), MRCP or equivalent, Good Clinical Practice certificate or ability to obtain, a sound knowledge of cardiac imaging and previous training and experience in cardiology at ST5 or above or equivalent.

Non-Clinical applicants require a PhD in a related discipline (e.g. Diabetes/Imaging/Heart Failure), substantial postdoctoral experience, a proven ability to project manage, the ability to work with minimal supervision, proven ability to write high-quality manuscripts and a Good Clinical Practice certificate or ability to obtain.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Prof Gerry McCann on or 0116 258 3038.

Interviews are anticipated to take place on the morning of 3 July or the afternoon of 5 July 2019.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. Our strength is built on the talent of our scholars, drawn to us by a mutual passion for discovery. We seek to embed an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit into our research culture, and to create an environment in which both disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinarity thrive.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 because the appointee will have substantial access to young people and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, an appointment to this post will be subject to checking and appropriate clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The successful applicant for this post will, therefore, be required to give consent for the University to check with the DBS for the existence and content of any criminal record in the form of an Enhanced Disclosure for clinical appointees or a Standard Disclosure for non clinical appointees. Information received from the DBS and the police will be kept in strict confidence and will be destroyed once the University is satisfied in this regard.

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