Chief Investigator Scheme

The Clinical Trials Network (CTN) aspires to nurture and support interested clinicians with experience in research at a local level, to progress to become grant co-applicants, members of trial clinical investigator groups and ultimately Chief Investigators.

The CTN Chief Investigator scheme is designed for a very small number of leaders of future trials, around five at any one time, who are individually selected at competitive interview from amongst existing members of both the Local and Principal Investigator scheme. The Chief Investigator (CI) scheme will necessarily be based on prior research experience, including recruitment of patients to trials as a trainee, and undertaking the roles of local investigator, local principal investigator and grant co-applicant. In most cases potential CIs will be building upon knowledge, skills and personal attributes already developed through the scheme for local and principal investigators, as well as by working on trials with a more experienced investigator acting as CI and enhanced by attending CI training days organised by the CTN.

Person Specification

Applicants will be existing members of the POMCTN Local or Principal Investigator scheme, with a proven track record of recruitment to clinical trials. They will also ideally have the experience of a complete research cycle as a grant co-applicant, from outline application through to publication and dissemination of results. Previous experience of reviewing topic journal papers, grant applications or similar tasks is desirable. Applications are welcomed from individuals of any clinical background of relevance to perioperative medicine. Those who would like to discuss the position informally before applying can contact the POMCTN Help Desk.


Successful appointments to the POMCTN Chief Investigator Scheme will be expected to attend three training days each year, at which experienced researchers will lead discussions, exchange of views and problem based tutorials covering important practical and theoretical topics in the delivery of multi-centre randomised controlled trials. All relevant topics will be covered over a period of three years. They will be attached to an established chief investigator on an existing clinical trial who will provide mentorship and exposure to the processes and governance of the study, including attendance at appropriate trial committee meetings as an observer. Candidates who have a pre-existing relationship of this type already in place can be accommodated on the scheme.


Broad competencies to be covered in mentor meetings and supplemented by the CI training days include:

  • Project management
  • Developing an Application
  • Trial Design and Methodology
  • Ethics and Approvals
  • Statistics
  • Finance and administration
  • Health economics
  • Academic writing

Job Description

Please Note that Applications for the CI Scheme are currently CLOSED.

 CI Job Description (2017).docx (758 KB)

Those wishing to register an interest in the Chief Investigator Scheme should contact the CTN.