Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for two Medical Officers to join Dstl’s Toxicology, Trauma and Medicine (TTM) Group at Porton Down. TTM Group's work is aimed at preventing or mitigating the lethal and incapacitating effects of chemical agents and toxins, as well as physical and traumatic injuries, by exploring pre- and/or post-exposure medical therapies as well as novel concepts for passive protective measures. The work covers early stage creative research through to advanced drug development and drug licensure.It also includes volunteer studies of the effects that protective measures have on military task performance. You will provide medical support across this range of defence activities, with a particular focus on drug development and licensure. 

We are looking for someone who has: 
• A GMC Licence to Practise. 
• At least two years of post-foundation year 2 experience in a clinical specialty (a CCT in any medical specialty (particularly pharmaceutical medicine), general practice, anaesthetics or critical care, would be highly desirable). 
• Appropriate skills and experience to provide medical oversight of volunteer studies and a commitment to remain clinically current. 
• Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to form strong working relationships with the existing Dstl medical team, scientific staff, military and non-military partners. 
• Knowledge of the regulatory environment associated with developing and licensing drug products. 

In our role, we want you to: 
• Be part of an integrated team, working closely with medical colleagues and scientific research staff. 
• Get involved in numerous projects, e.g. our medical countermeasures research and pharmaceutical development programmes, human volunteer trials within defence research programmes and medical advice to military operations. 
• Develop internal and external networks to ensure knowledge is appropriately shared and exploited within both the military and civilian environments. 
• Maintain your CPD to ensure your advice to projects and relevant external organisations is current. External medical attachments (up to one day each week) to maintain clinical currency would be encouraged and facilitated. 
• Be willing to undertake pharmaceutical medicine specialty training or the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (if not already completed). 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required: 

We would like a medically qualified individual with: 
• A GMC Licence to Practise 
• At least two years of post-foundation year 2 experience in a clinical specialty 
• Appropriate skills and experience to provide medical oversight of volunteer studies 
• A commitment to remain clinically current 
• Knowledge of basic science underpinning medicine 
• Awareness of basic research principles 
• An understanding of the legal framework around the conduct of Clinical Trials. 

Working conditions 
• Predominantly based at the Porton Down site. 
• Depending on ongoing work activities, we may ask you to be contactable and available to travel to Porton Down and other trial sites out of hours. 
• Occasional travel to other sites may be required. 
• Dstl may offer up to 20% time for continuing external clinical commitments (e.g. working in the NHS to maintain core clinical competencies in support of the organisation). 
• There may be opportunities for limited overseas travel, depending on project requirements. 

Please see the attached role profile for further information 

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. 

Nationality requirements: Open to Full UK nationals only. Dual Nationals cannot be considered for this position.

Person specification
Please detail why you are applying for this role and how you meet the requirements in terms of knowledge, skills & experience.

Full registration with a licence to practise medicine with the GMC

MBChB or equivalent 

Full registration with a licence to practise medicine with the GMC 
MBChB or equivalent 

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