Clinical Research Fellow in Psychopharmacology

Imperial College London Department of Brain Sciences

Job summary

The research programme in Centres for Psychedelic Research focuses on psychopharmacology research with brain imaging (PET, MRI, EEG) as well as the therapeutic potential and mechanisms of psychedelic compounds. As a member of the Centre for Psychedelic Research, you will report to Dr David Erritzoe and Prof David Nutt. The post is for a psychiatrist who can work Part-Time and the main study to support will be our OCD study with...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02774
  • Date posted 1 November 2021
  • Closing date 30 November 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location Hammersmith Campus (map)
  • Position type Part time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,155 – £62,179 (pro rata) plus benefits
  • Department Department of Brain Sciences
  • Category Researcher / Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The research programme in Centres for Psychedelic Research focuses on psychopharmacology research with brain imaging (PET, MRI, EEG) as well as the therapeutic potential and mechanisms of psychedelic compounds.

As a member of the Centre for Psychedelic Research, you will report to Dr David Erritzoe and Prof David Nutt. The post is for a psychiatrist who can work Part-Time and the main study to support will be our OCD study with psilocybin-assisted therapy. You could be asked to assist in following studies: a ketamine (and possibly an arm with a psychedelic) study in healthy subject with multi-modal brain imaging (PET-MRI-EEG) focusing on brain plasticity, a psychedelic microdosing study with EEG acquisition, an anorexia nervosa and a fibromyalgia study both with psilocybin, and DMT & 5-MEO-DMT imaging studies.

Duties and responsibilities

You will have duties across many areas including (but not limited to) patient recruitment, patient screening (both psychological and medical), obtaining consent, providing therapy and support, and patient follow-up. Additional responsibilities include providing medical cover, attending regular team meetings, organising patients schedule in accordance with the protocol, leasing with patient care teams and GPs, timely and accurate data collection, and completing relevant training (e.g., GCP, MRI safety).

Essential requirements

    • Registered with the GMC to practice as a medical doctor in the UK
    • Completed or partially completed (min. core training completed) UK training in psychiatry (or equivalent)
    • Experience in Clinical Research
    • Substantial experience from clinical work and/or clinical research with OCD patients
    • Knowledge of the therapeutic action of psychedelic drugs
    • Ability to liaise with clinical care teams and GPs
    • Ability to offer support to junior members of the research team

Further information

This post is being offered as Part-Time (20 hours per week) and Fixed Term role based at the Hammersmith Campus.

Salary upon appointment will also include an additional London Weighting Allowance of £2,162 per annum (pro rata).

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, at the appropriate level, will be required for the successful candidate.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr David Erritzoe d.erritzoe@imperial.ac.uk.

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