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Clinical Research Fellow in Medical Retina (VR Component)

Clinical Research Fellow

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Medical Retina
Clinical Research Fellow
12 months fixed term
40 hours per week
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Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust
£34,401.61 per annum (fixed salary)
25/10/2018 23:59

The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) is the 4th oldest working eye hospital in the world and one of the largest in Europe. MREH provides care to over 6 million people and is housed in a new state of the art facility equipped with the latest diagnostic and surgical facilities. The Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab at NIHR/Manchester CRF is equipped with the latest diagnostic and research resources including Optomap digital wide-field multispectral imaging, Microperimetry, 3D Fourier-Domain as well as the new Infra-Red Swept Source DRI Cross-Sectional OCT, En-Face OCT, OCT angiography and Green and Yellow Pascal sub-threshold laser with Endpoint Management, amongst others.


Applications are invited for a Clinical Research Fellow post in Medical Retina (with a VR component). The post will commence in July 2018 and is a one-year fixed term appointment at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, which may be extendable on a yearly basis up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The successful candidate will work with Professor Paulo Stanga and under the direction of Prof Stanga to carry out and complete multiple funded translational research projects.


This post provides clinical and research-focused training in Medical Retina with appointed time for Surgical and Medical Retina Clinics. There is a VR element attached to the post, working closely with Prof Stanga. This includes 1 session of VR surgery and 1 VR clinic session per week. 2 further genetics clinic sessions are also scheduled along with 1 laser clinic and 1 pediatric retina clinic, which is held once a month. Training to obtain the necessary accreditation to perform experimental surgery will also be provided, if necessary.


Research projects include, amongst others, Vitreous-Retinal and Choroidal Imaging using both prototype and newly approved Wide-Field Imaging systems, Swept Source OCT, En-Face OCT and OCT angiography; experimental vitreoretinal surgery with development of a novel hypersonic vitrector, electronic epiretinal implants for artificial vision and gene therapy.


The successful candidate will work in revolutionary product development. MVR Lab/MREH is the only site in the world carrying out a number of these research projects, such as; the development in conjunction with a leader in industry of a novel hypersonic vitrector and the first trial assessing the benefits of an electronic retinal prosthesis (“Bionic Eye”) in AMD as well as a handful of clinical retinal gene therapy treatments.


In addition to joining one or more of these ongoing research projects, depending on the successful candidate’s previous experience and capacity, the successful applicant will also be expected to assist in setting up new projects, attend international annual scientific ophthalmic meetings on behalf of MVR Lab/MREH and produce the required study reports and scientific publications.


The successful applicant will work in the MVR Lab at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester CRF. Individual office space and computer equipment will be provided by the MVR Lab.


The post will present an opportunity for achieving a higher academic degree (cost to be paid by applicant) with the University of Manchester.


This post is ideal for candidates who can already perform cataract surgery and phacoemulsification without supervision and would like to gain initial experience in VR surgery and cutting edge research. A track record of interest and involvement in research is essential. Previous experience of working in an NHS setting is desirable. All applicants must be aware of and have read Prof Stanga and MVR Lab’s previous publications. GMC registration is essential.

Anyone who is interested in applying is encouraged to contact Professor Stanga, Consultant Ophthalmologist, on

Please note that this post does not have educational approval from the Postgraduate Dean, but training will be provided in the same way as for other trainees at the same level.


Important: Non UK candidates need to have passed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and applying doctors should check the General Medical Council webpage to make sure they meet all necessary criteria to obtain a temporary license.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Anyone who is interested in applying is encouraged to contact Professor Stanga on

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0161 276 6198