Vacancy Type/Job category
University of Warwick
Full Time, Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2022
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disabling neurological disease.
Approximately 2.5 million individuals are affected worldwide, including
130,000 in the UK. The prognosis of MS varies widely across patients and hence
there is an urgent need to find a robust and personalised monitoring method
that is effective in predicting clinical course and thereby optimising
treatment in individual patients. Recent studies have reported significant
olfactory and gustatory dysfunction in MS patients. This was found to be
related with higher disability index and faster disease progression. This
project, in collaboration with UHCW neurologists, will:
1. Determine which flavours (a combination of tastes and aromas) are most
likely to be affected in early MS and predict disability progression
2. Analyse these real flavours and create accurate simulations of them using
food safe chemicals
3. Evaluate the efficacy of a Flavour Based Test (FBT) for MS through a
6-month longitudinal study
Key Phrases: Longitudinal study, flavour based test for healthcare,
olfactory and gustatory dysfunction
We will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension
scheme, 26 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some
fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent
learning and development opportunities.
At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We
currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick
holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the
advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for
all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities
including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and
onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a
part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised
as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it
is not possible to do so.
Close date: 1 week from advert
Undertaking research in order to support the work of the department and
develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assisting
the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the
successful execution of the project.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
ROLE SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist with a longitudinal cohort study that will include collection of data
on clinical symptomatology.
• Assist with evaluation of specific flavours for early detection of hyposmia
• Comprehensive literature review
Research and scholarship
1. Undertake basic research, for example by preparing, setting up, conducting
and recording the outcome of experiments and field work, developing
questionnaires and conducting surveys.
2. Conduct literature and database searches.
3. Continue to update knowledge and develop skills.
4. Write up results of own research.
5. Contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
Teaching and Learning Support
1. Assist in the supervision of student projects.
2. Give demonstrations to students.
3. Could be expected to contribute to introductory courses, for example on
the use of research methods and equipment.
Administration and Other Activities
1. Participate in department life and may be required to attend departmental
2. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
3. Work within budget constraints.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree or equivalent (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Ability to perform basic statistical analysis of a 'clinical dataset' (a, c,
Essential Criteria 3
Ability to oversee acquisition of patient data in clinical setting (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 4
Ability to undertake comprehensive literature review (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 5
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high
quality research output (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of
research methods and techniques to work within own area (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 7
Strong research potential with the ability or potential to publish high
quality work in relevant field (a, c)
Essential Criteria 8
Range of quantitative and/or qualitative research skills (a, c)
Essential Criteria 9
Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content (a, c)
Essential Criteria 10
Able to work autonomously and as part of a team (a, c)
Essential Criteria 11
Good interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 12
A flexible approach to working (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Good MSc in health related discipline (a)
Desirable Criteria 2
Ability to contribute towards written reports, papers and presentations for
different target audiences (a, c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
University Further Particulars.
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning
environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We
welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected
characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
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sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess
applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick
complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate
unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or
other information revealed. More information is available on the University's
Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.
21 Sep 2021