Clinical Research Training Fellowships with PhD

The TRACC Programme Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTFs) enable clinicians who have already completed their medical degree to develop an academic career and obtain a PhD degree. This is done in parallel to their core activities in the clinic and achieved through flexible Clinical Lectureships and personalised mentoring by experienced Clinical Academics.


Vacancy Reference: 099048
Salary: £37,037 - £54,879 per annum

Training and mentoring future academic leaders in cancer research: August 2023 intake

The Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the Cancer Research UK Scotland Centre are seeking to jointly appoint our fifth cohort of highly ambitious individuals who aspire to become the next generation of clinical academic leaders in cancer-focused disciplines. The TRACC Programme is funded by Cancer Research UK and NHS Education for Scotland and commenced in 2019. Vacancies are available for trainees seeking doctoral training and mentorship, and are open to medically qualified trainees in any UK-based cancer-oriented clinical discipline. All candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to a future career in cancer research and in clinical academia, and have a track record appropriate to their career stage in basic and/or translational and/or clinical research.

CRUK TRACC Clinical Lectureships

The TRACC Programme has up to 3 posts available starting in August 2023. All posts provide funding for a full-time, 3-year Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) leading to a PhD in one of the internationally competitive, multidisciplinary research centres in the Universities of Glasgow or Edinburgh. Funding is also provided as a TRACC Clinical Lecturer for a preparatory 'run-in' period of up to 12 months prior to beginning the 3-year PhD project, when clinical training (80%) is combined with protected research time (20%) for planning the PhD project and selecting supervisors, all with the support and mentorship of the TRACC leadership.

The TRACC CRTF involves an 'Out Of Programme for Research' period (OOPR) for 3 years, or longer if working less than full time, during which the PhD project is completed. During the CRTF, up to 10% of time can be used for clinical training as appropriate for the candidate's clinical speciality, and as agreed with the TRACC leadership team and relevant NHS Training Programme Director. Following their CRTF period, trainees continue as a TRACC Clinical Lecturer and complete clinical training in their chosen speciality, again with 20% protected research time included, and with ongoing support and mentorship through the TRACC programme. This period runs until the date of CCT (plus up to 6 months period of grace). TRACC Clinical Lecturers may become eligible for an alternate post-doctoral academic training post (e.g. the schemes competitively awarded for joint 50% clinical training and 50% protected research time).

The TRACC programme is run jointly between the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Candidates should apply though the University of Glasgow system, but this application route will not influence the university or research centre where the research will be undertaken.

For further information, including a copy of the full job description, please go to: or

Enquiries should be directed to one of the TRACC Clinical Training Leads, Prof Richard Wilson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Prof Charlie Gourley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or the TRACC Administrators, Dr Jackie Beesley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications, regardless of your preferred destination institution, should be submitted to the University of Glasgow. For further particulars and to submit an application, please go to: quoting reference 099048.

Closing date: Monday 7 November 2022 (17:00 hrs)
Interviews will be held virtually in late November 2022


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Scheme Summary

The selection of clinical research training fellows and their matching to supervisors/projects will be via a joint Glasgow-Edinburgh selection panel and will be based on established good practice from both partners. The appointed fellows will participate in an induction week, visiting both Edinburgh and Glasgow with structured networking with potential PhD supervisors from both institutions and to match with their clinical and research mentors (see the figure below). The fellows will choose their base location in Glasgow or Edinburgh and register for a PhD at the University of Glasgow or the University of Edinburgh respectively. Postgraduate Deans at both Universities have agreed to provide Clinical Lectureships to facilitate these arrangements. During their pre-doctoral appointment and the PhD period the fellows will be advised and supported through a carefully designed monitoring and mentoring scheme. On appointment each trainee will be allocated a Clinical Mentor, an academically-active clinician from a relevant discipline, who will assist with integrating clinical and research training.

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Eligibility and application procedure

  • Applications are welcomed from trainees in all specialties and from all regions of the UK.
  • All applicants must hold a medical degree.

Essential attributes

  • Aspiring to PhD training that is relevant to cancer.
  • Eligible for higher clinical training.
  • Hold a National Training Number at the time of application or be in the process of applying for one to be in place for the relevant start date.
  • Evidence of high academic distinction and potential (first class honours BSc, honours MBChB, multiple prizes, research papers, etc.).
  • Introductory research experience at BSc or MSc, undergraduate research project, postgraduate research with high attainment.
  • Of a standard likely to be successful in obtaining a Training Fellowship in national open competition.

Application procedure

Recruitment takes place in the autumn for intake in the following August. Vacancies will be advertised via multiple outlets including the following websites:

University’s vacancies’ web pages

Next closing date: Monday 7 November 2022 (17:00 hrs); Vacancy reference: 099048; Apply here:

Applications should be submitted, along with a supporting statement (around 300 words) and full CV, using the University’s online application system. All applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview or not. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in front of a panel including members of the TRACC Programme Management Board and invited external panel members.

Questions about the recruitment procedure and entry requirements are welcomed and should be directed to the administrator of the TRACC Programme CRTF scheme (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).