Vacancy Type/Job category
£30,942 - £40,322 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Fixed term contract for 8 months (1st August 2021 – 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 personalisable 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
1. 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, 30 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.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have
recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon
successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted
to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade
Interview Date: TBC
You will undertake research in order to support the work of the department and
develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the
Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful
execution of the project.
Project Specific Responsibilities
• Comprehensive literature review.
• 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
DUTIES & RESPOSIBILITIES:
Research and scholarship
1. Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to
assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint
2. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.
3. Perform basic statistical analysis of dataset and write up results for
4. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research
5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies,
e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research
6. May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies
supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
7. May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other
8. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of
a specialist or highly technical nature.
9. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.
Teaching and Learning Support
1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in
2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of
student research skills.
3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of
Administration and Other Activities
1. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where
necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the
faculty and the University.
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 MSc in health related discipline (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Ability to undertake comprehensive literature review (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 3
Ability to perform basic statistical analysis of a clinical dataset (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 4
Ability to oversee acquisition of patient data in clinical setting (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 5
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant
Essential Criteria 6
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high
quality research output (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of
research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes
Essential Criteria 8
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in
order to generate external funding to support research projects (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content (a,c)
Essential Criteria 10
Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and
training skills (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 11
Good interpersonal skills (a,c)
Essential Criteria 12
Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and contribute
positively to a collegial team environment and to be able to work
Essential Criteria 13
Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work
to tight deadlines (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both
academic and, where relevant, industry audiences (a,c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
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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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25 Jul 2021