NIHR GOSH BRC Junior Faculty - Invitation for Expression of Interest for New Members

CLOSED: GOSH BRC is looking to recruit new members of the BRC Junior Faculty, including clinical (nurses, doctors, allied health professionals) and non-clinical researchers in areas of child health research which align with the BRC research themes.

The Junior Faculty is suitable for researchers who have completed a PhD, including post-docs and clinical fellows up to grade 8. Internal GOSH and ICH applicants only.

What is NIHR GOSH BRC?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) funds early translational research, which aims to translate discoveries from basic/discovery science into clinical trials and through to patient benefit and economic benefit. GOSH and UCL’s Institute of Child Health (ICH) were first awarded BRC status by the NIHR in 2007.

In 2016, the GOSH BRC secured £37 million to take it into its third term, which will run from April 2017 to March 2022. GOSH BRC is currently in the process of applying for funding for a fourth term.

GOSH BRC has four main research themes: gene, stem and cellular therapies; genomics and systems medicine; novel therapies and their translation into childhood diseases; and advanced treatments for structural malformation and tissue damage. These are complemented by four cross-cutting themes: GOSH rare disease cohorts; the BRC experimental medicine academy; CRF high-end inpatient trials; and the translational research and enterprise accelerator.

What is BRC Junior Faculty?

GOSH BRC Junior Faculty was established in 2017 at the start of the current NIHR funding round as an interdisciplinary team which works with the Senior BRC Management team. It is embedded in the NIHR GOSH BRC structure as part of the ‘BRC Experimental Medicine Academy’ cross-cutting theme. The committee represents the junior researchers’ views on research direction, education, and career opportunities while it also takes advantage of this learning opportunity to closely work with senior research leads.

Our aim is to attract and support highly capable and motivated clinical and non-clinical researchers and shape training and career development opportunities to build capacity of excellent researchers who will lead innovation in paediatrics in the future. We aim to achieve this through:

  • Representation: to influence strategic decision making at management level.
  • Learning through leading: acquiring management and leadership skills by active involvement in the BRC.
  • Shaping and delivering key components of the career development structure: educational events, paediatric academic mentoring scheme, skills exchange program, targeted (fellowship) funding schemes.

What are the opportunities when joining BRC Junior Faculty?

  • Contribute to shaping the future strategic direction of GOSH BRC.
  • Working with BRC senior leaders by attending BRC science board and representing BRC junior faculty in grant review and interview panels.
  • Shaping and driving career development initiatives and skills training/educational events with a specific focus on translational research.

What are the expectations when joining BRC Junior Faculty?

  • Join our BRC Junior Faculty meetings held every 4-6 weeks (currently held virtually due to the pandemic).
  • Identify training and career support needs and contribute ideas to address these.
  • Join a subgroup organising an event or leading on a specific piece of work (i.e. skills training program, mentoring scheme, internal/external communications).
  • Participate in BRC grant review panels.

More information and how to express your interest

We are looking to recruit new members of the BRC Junior Faculty across the different research themes of the BRC. You can find more information about the NIHR GOSH BRC including the research themes here: https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/research-and-innovation/nihr-great-ormond-street-brc/about-us/our-research-themes. We are also looking to recruit new Junior Faculty members for the Applied Child Health Informatics theme, which is being developed as part of the BRC’s application for a fourth term of funding and is led by Professor Neil Sebire and Dr Pia Hardelid.

We are looking for clinical (nurses, doctors, allied health professionals) and non-clinical researchers in areas of child health research which align with the BRC research themes to join us. If we have a large number of researchers interested in joining BRC Junior Faculty, we will use representation across the different research themes and the ideas you plan to bring to BRC Junior Faculty to select those that will join at this time. The Junior Faculty is suitable for researchers who have completed a PhD, including post-docs and clinical fellows up to grade 8. You do not need to have prior links with the BRC to express your interest.

To express your interest to become a new member please e-mail a short paragraph about why you want to join BRC Junior Faculty – in this please indicate with which BRC research theme your work aligns – and your CV to: BRC@gosh.nhs.uk. Please send your expression of interest by Friday 25 June 2021.

If you would like more information about joining BRC Junior Faculty please contact Haiyan Zhou (non-clinical co-chair, e-mail: haiyan.zhou@ucl.ac.uk) or Karin Straathof (clinical co-chair, e-mail: k.straathof@ucl.ac.uk).