Clinical Research Fellow Psychopharmacology

Employer: Imperial College London
Date Posted: Dec 01, 2020
Employment: Full Time
Focus / Industry: Research
London, England, United Kingdom
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The research programme in Centres for Neuropsychopharmacology & Psychedelic Research [led by Drs Erritzoe and Carhart-Harris and Prof Nutt] 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 Centres for Neuropsychopharmacology and Psychedelic Research at Imperial College, you will report to Dr Erritzoe. The post is for a full-time psychiatrist / anaesthetist who can work full-time within a clinical team in upcoming studies; including 1) an OCD study with psilocybin-assisted therapy, 2) a ketamine study in healthy subject with multi-modal brain imaging focusing on brain plasticity 3) a psilocybin study in chronic pain, and 4) a psychedelic micro dosing study.

Duties And Responsibilities

You will have duties across many areas of these clinical studies 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).

Further Duties Include

  • Take an active role in the setting up and coordination of a clinical research study
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • To maintain accurate and complete recordings of all findings
  • To assist in the data analysis and publication of findings
  • To maintain accurate and timely data collection
  • To run questionnaires and interviews with patients
  • To assist in the process of gaining local regulatory committee approval (ethics and R&D approval).
  • To assist with the writing of reports to research sponsors
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary

Essential requirements

  • You should be trained in psychiatry or anaesthetics, [must have completed a minimum of 2 years of clinical training in at least one of these 2 specialities].
  • You should have knowledge about the therapeutic action of psychedelic drugs, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to collect, organise and record data in a timely and reliable fashion.
  • You should preferably have psychotherapy experience or training related to psychedelic assessed psychotherapy.

Further information
This post is full-time, fixed term from 1 st Feb 2021 until 31 st Jan 2022 with a salary of £49,036, and is based at our Hammersmith Campus and in a new research clinic at St Charles Hospital (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust & Imperial College clinical research collaboration).

Should you require any further details on the role please contact : Dr Erritzoe

For technical issues when applying online please email

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.

Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at or by telephoning 03000 200 190. You may also wish to view the College’s DBS webpage for policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

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Last updated: Dec 01, 2020