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Date Posted

May 25, 2015


Medical Research Council Unit (MRC)

Job Title

Research Clinician/Obstetrician At Medical Research Council Unit (MRC)

Job Type



The MRC Unit, The Gambia is undertaking a randomised clinical trial that will examine the effects of administering a pneumococcal-conjugate vaccine either to expectant mothers at between 28 and 34 weeks gestation, or to newborn infants, shortly following birth, on pneumococcal carriage (as a surrogate of pneumococcal disease) in early life. The two groups will be compared to the routine 2, 3 and 4 month infant schedule currently recommended by WHO and used in The Gambia. As well as assessing pneumococcal carriage and the immunogenicity of the vaccines (including transplacental and breast milk antibody transfer), safety follow-up of both mothers during pregnancy and also their newborn infants will be central component of the trial.

Research Clinician/Obstetrician 

Essential requirements:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • FWACOG/MRCOG part 1 or equivalent.
  • Significant ongoing clinical obstetric experience including the ability to undertake and oversee dating scans to establish gestational age.
  • The ability to manage obstetric emergencies and pregnancy related complications.
  • Experience in managing staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • A flexible and well-organised approach to work and an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Attentiveness to detail.
  • Willingness to be on-call and work outside the normal working hours.


  • Part 2 FWACOG/MRCOG.
  • Postgraduate qualification (Masters/Doctoral level).
  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience providing obstetric care in a comparable setting.
  • Previous experience in conducting clinical trials according to ICH-GCP.
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access).

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