Associate Clinical Professor – Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy/Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

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College of Medical and Dental Sciences – Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy/Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £84,559 to £114.003

Clinical Posts – x3 positions available

Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: 25th August 2022


Our Research

We integrate the major academic strengths of fundamental biomedical research with clinical trials of new therapies and surgical protocols. We use the power of genomics to understand the molecular basis of cancer and other diseases so that we can use this knowledge in the development of new clinical trials.
Our cancer research programme provides a better understanding of the genetic abnormalities that underlie the development of cancer. By using high throughput methods to study the whole genome, we are discovering how complex regulatory networks become the targets of cancer genes. Parallel studies of basic molecular mechanisms that control normal cells help us to define the specific pathways that become deregulated in cancer.  Our research programmes in the discovery science arena are wide-ranging and cover cancer cell and stem cell biology, viral oncology (EBV and HPV) and genome biology. These combined approaches allow us to determine how genetic abnormalities lead to cancer and help us to identify molecular pathways that can be used as new targets for novel therapies.
Birmingham has a very strong history of immunology research going back 30 years, and with one of the greatest concentrations of scientists and doctors in the world is well positioned to make a world-leading contribution.  Our research spans many aspects of the immune system, from the formation of white cells within the thymus gland (a small gland in the neck) to clinical trials on patients with diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or viral infections.  Cancer Immunology is one of three research domains within the successful CRUK Centre award of 2017 and the Centre for Immunology and Immunotherapy of Cancer (CIIC), a University of Birmingham-wide grouping facilitating cross-Institute/cross-College development of this theme, has been active since 2012.  Our aim is to make significant contributions to understanding the fundamental processes that underlie the immune response to cancer and to translate this into therapeutic opportunities with our NHS partners. Our plans will see us strengthen national and international collaborations, deepen our interactions with industry and contribute to training within this exciting area of biology.
Birmingham’s Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) is an internationally leading centre for the design and delivery of high-quality, biology-rich, practice-changing cancer trials. CRCTU’s scientific strategy combines world-renowned expertise in complex innovative trial designs with outstanding scientific and clinical expertise to deliver state of the art national and international clinical trials.


Role Summary

We are delighted to be able to offer x3 Associate Clinical Professor (Research and Education) in medical / clinical oncology posts to provide broad-based clinical teaching, administration, and research (subject to meeting the essential criteria).
We are seeking highly motivated individuals committed to further develop their skills in teaching and research in the area of Medical / clinical oncology to join our team.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to play a significant role in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to build on this clinical base and help develop clinical trials, translational medicine and basic science projects through close collaboration with academic staff across Birmingham Health Partners.  The applicant must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and have the appropriate clinical training, qualifications, and experience.
The post will be based in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, with Honorary Consultant status will be provided at the University Hospital Birmingham Trust. The post will facilitate continued development of the medical / clinical oncology service. The successful candidate will be expected to build on this clinical base and help develop research in their field of interest for example; clinical trials, translational medicine data science and/or basic science projects through close collaboration with academic staff across Birmingham Health Partners.


Main Duties

  • To pursue sustained research activity through original research and scholarship, including other research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations and/or consultancy projects and advice, including (as appropriate):
  • contributing to the management of research activities and/or supervising other research staff;
  • leading successful funding bids;
  • consistently publishing internationally excellent research, with some research regarded as world leading, that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality;
  • supervising and examining PhD students, both within the institution and externally;
  • providing expert advice internally and externally;
  • peer reviewing  articles for peer reviewed academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies;



  • You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:
  • making a significant contribution to the pedagogical knowledge base of the subject that advances teaching through the enhancement of practice, the development of teaching resources and/or through practice-based research;
  • leading on the management and the development of approaches to teaching and learning, including designing innovative approaches to digital resources/environments and supporting colleagues to use them that are innovative to the subject area or institution;
  • leading on curriculum design at module and programme level to ensure it is contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging;
  • actively engaging students in curriculum design and sharing evidence of “what works”;
  • making an impactful, high quality contribution to debates about education policy, methods and practices through internal and external publications, subject societies and conference activity;
  • developing an external profile evidenced through engaging in external quality assurance activities related to teaching, e.g. external examining and engaging with/supporting education in other institutions;
  • playing an important and sustained role in the recruitment and admission of students;
  • co-supervising doctoral students to completion;
  • leading the development of teaching, learning and assessment policies and strategies;



Lead activities in the Department/ School and represent the School on College/ University committees or working groups.  Where appropriate to the discipline, this is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below:

  • making an important contribution  to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on research and/or teaching assessment
  • leading a successful international engagement at School or College level;
  • developing and managing staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities
  • making important contributions to the development of the Department’s research and/or learning and teaching strategy
  • contributing significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with sustained high value impact of manifest benefit to the College and the University;
  • promoting a culture (including policies and procedures) that embeds equality and values diversity and inclusion
  • leading, serving on and assisting the work of committees and task and finish groups beyond School/ Research Institute, e.g., Senate, Council, University Education or Research Committee etc.
  • leading external committees, e.g., those associated with public/professional bodies or delivery of activities for an external body at an appropriate level, e.g., chairing sub committees associated with large elements of work
  • leading/project managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. a new research initiative, or a recruitment drive);
  • Making a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline;
  • Contributing to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).


  • identifying wellbeing issues within the School/College/University and developing appropriate solutions to address these;
  • taking collective ownership of challenges faced by the School or College and working with colleagues to develop solutions;
  • Mentoring and coaching of colleagues, particularly those in the early stages of their career.

Clinical Requirements – to be confirmed on appointment

  • To contribute to clinical service provision at an affiliated NHS teaching hospital trust at consultant level in a specialised area of Medical or Clinical Oncology of relevance to research activity.
  • To ensure collaboration fostered between NHS trusts and the University. Such activity will also enable the post-holder to maintain specialist registration in Medical/Clinical Oncology with the General Medical Council (GMC).


Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Eligible for GMC Registration
  • Inclusion on or within 6 months of inclusion on Specialist Register in relevant area of medical or clinical oncology.


Clinical Experience 

The candidate should have attained NHS consultant status or be within 6 months of CCST in the specialty of Medical or Clinical Oncology and will hold an honorary consultant appointment in the specialty of Medical or Clinical Oncology at an affiliated NHS teaching hospital trust at the time of appointment to this post. The candidate will be required to support an on-call rota. Crucially, this post is tumour site agnostic. The specific site(s) that the successful candidate will primarily work in will be dependent upon their previous skills and experience and will be decided with discussion of the Clinical Service Lead for Oncology at UHB.


Learning and Teaching Requirements

  • An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality.  The teaching quality demonstratd to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship.
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity
  • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in the Department/School or College and/or externally
  • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning


Research Requirements
A proven track record in translational and clinical research, basic science and translational medicine evidenced by publication in peer review journals and the award of a higher degree. They will have experience in early phase trials and the ability to drive development of innovative clinical trials with associated translational and biomarker programmes. An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact.  Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline and to the degree of experience of the applicant:

  • High level peer esteem as evidenced by Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
  • An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University


Management and Administration-related Requirements
Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives.  Evidence of success under the following headings:

  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer)
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks
  • Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders
  • Able to use data to identify equality and diversity issues
  • Experience of developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues


Further particulars can be found here:

Informal enquires to Lisa Powell, email:


Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.


Primary Location



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 Immunology and Immunotherapy




Job Posting

 29.07.2022, 12:00:00 AM

Grade (for job description) Clinical academic consultants

Advert Close Date

 25.08.2022, 11:59:00 PM

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