Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology and Diabetes – Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research – 1014 – Clinical Post
Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £33,885 to £58,672.
Full Time / Fixed Term Contract for up to 4 years or until CCT, whichever comes sooner
Closing date 7 July 2021
This position will be based in the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR), College of Medical and Dental Sciences to support the area of endocrinology and diabetes health research and teaching portfolio. The research area has a broad portfolio of clinically based and basic science research across the areas of endocrinology and diabetes.
Research activity will focus upon on one of all potential areas of endocrinology and diabetes. The post provides the opportunity for higher and advanced sub-specialist training in Endocrinology & Diabetes alongside pursuing an academic research career and contribution to teaching in the endocrine specialist module of the established teaching programmes (MBChB, BMedSc, MRes).
The clinical duties of the post will rotate between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Heartland’s Hospital, both part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. During the 50% clinical training allocation of the post, the postholder will have responsibilities for the care of inpatients and outpatients with the full range of endocrinology & diabetes and general medical problems.
The successful applicant will undertake postdoctoral research within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham. The IMSR has one of the nation’s leading track records of obtaining prestigious career development and career establishment fellowships by major funders, including clinician scientist and senior clinical research fellowships from MRC, Wellcome Trust and numerous charities. The IMSR champions the academic clinical integrated training pathway and hosts trainees in adult and paediatric endocrinology and diabetes throughout their career development.
The IMSR offers a highly multi-disciplinary collaborative environment that combines leading excellence in metabolic, endocrine and reproductive research. Our researchers employ a combination of in vitro and in vivo models, human in vivo physiology, innovative metabolome and imaging approaches, experimental medicine studies and clinical trials. We provide access to and advanced training opportunities in both human in vivo and model-based deep metabolic phenotyping, facilitated by state-of-the-art facilities in our adult and paediatric NIHR Clinical research Facilities and a dedicated metabolic mouse phenotyping facility. Research opportunities are enhanced through our cutting-edge facilities for metabolome analysis (Phenome Centre Birmingham https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/phenome-centre/index.aspx and Henry Wellcome NMR Facility, Metabolic Tracer Analysis Core, Steroid Metabolome Analysis Core) and the world-leading advanced imaging platforms of the Centre for Membrane Proteina and Receptors (COMPARE; https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/mds/facilities/compare/compare.aspx ).
The IMSR website https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/metabolism-systems/index.aspx provides an overview of IMSR research. Research within the IMSR focusses on metabolism (major themes: diabetes, obesity and energy metabolism; cancer and immune-metabolism), endocrinology (endocrine tumours; endocrine-related cancer; steroid endocrinology), and maternal and reproductive health (reproductive endocrinology, endocrine aspects of fertility and miscarriage; metabolic health in pregnancy). In addition, there is ready access to collaboration with mathematical modellers and computer scientists through the research incubator sessions of the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB; https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/systems-modelling-and-quantitative-biomedicine/index.aspx ), that is integrated within the IMSR in collaboration with the Schools of Mathematics and Computer Science.
The IMSR is the academic home to 35 internationally and world-leading principal investigators focussing on the areas of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Maternal and Reproductive Health; you can find out more about their research here: www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/metabolism-systems/staff/pis.aspx
Our science is translated into health via the Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) Centre of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDAM). Maternal and Reproductive Research benefits from the National Tommy’s Centre for Miscarriage Care and Research. In addition, the IMSR is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Global Women’s Health. We pride ourselves that we can offer research approaches that can cover the entire translational cascade, from cell-based and animal in vivo model studies through to experimental medicine and clinical trials, providing the opportunity for broad research training and translationally integrated working. The successful applicant will have access to all state-of-the-art technologies and expertise to facilitate the development of their research career at the cutting edge of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Medicine.
We are looking for a highly motivated early career clinician scientist who has recently completed or is about to complete a PhD and aims at an academic clinical career in an area that synergises with ongoing research within the IMSR. Teaching the nation’s next doctors is a key mission of our College and we expect clinical lecturers to engage with teaching activities but this will be a minor component to facilitate adequate postdoctoral research opportunities.
Clinical and Research activity balance
There will be a 50:50 split between clinical and academic sessions, with the allocation of research time flexibly adjusted to the requirements of the specific research project. Time in post is recognised 100% to contribute to CCT accreditation and clinical competencies will be assessed annually at the ARCP assessments in the usual way. The on-call endocrinology and diabetes commitments will be in accordance to the Hospital Specialist Registrar rota.
The post is provided for a maximum of four years, or until CCT is gained, whichever comes first. There is the facility for a potential extension of up to 12 months, which would be applied for in the final 6-12 months.
Description of research component of programme.
There will be flexibility to allow the successful candidate to develop their research interest within any of the research areas (both clinical and basic science/laboratory based work) in collaboration with any of the principal investigators within the Research section.
It is required that prospective candidates have undergone a period of research training and have completed or been awarded a postgraduate degree (usually PhD). The candidate must have a track record with peer reviewed publications and the lecturership will provide the opportunity to prepare for a postdoctoral career development fellowship (e.g. Wellcome/MRC/NIHR postdoctoral or clinician scientist fellowships). We offer individually tailored research supervision and mentoring as well as generic skills training and opportunities for leadership training. All our lecturers are encouraged to take up the offer by the Academy of Medical Sciences to provide them with an external mentor and they receive tailormade support in preparing for the submission of an Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers.
Description of clinical training component of programme
The opportunity of exposure to a full range of Endocrinology and Diabetes training opportunities will be offered. Successful candidates will be on an on-call ‘shift’ rota at intervals of 1 in 10 for both general Endocrinology and Diabetes and where possible on-call duties will be arranged to fall outside academic time, with overall reduction of on calls to reflect the 50% rather than 100% clinical commitment of the training post.
Status: For ‘on-call’ the clinical lecturer, as an SPR will be resident on-call.
Out of Hours commitment: The basic working week is 40 hours. In addition, the post-holder will be expected to undertake out of hours on-call commitment that will vary depending on the duties of the post, but will not exceed the limits defined in the Terms and Conditions of Service paragraph 20.
MRCP (part 2)
Experience at the level of ST3 or greater
Higher degree (PhD or MD) or about to complete a higher degree in a subject area pertinent to endocrinology and diabetes
Hold a NTN
Experience of teaching medical undergraduates
Computer literate with Word, Excel, EndNote
Have good quality publications
Ability to work in a team-orientated environment and to work without friction with colleagues
Motivation and disposition
Committed to a career in academic medicine
Ability to work independently and in a multidisciplinary team
Bright committed and able to produce consistently high quality work within deadlines
Excellent communication skills
MRCP (Part 3)
Experience in small group teaching
Experience in the development of innovative teaching approaches
Experienced in the use of Prism/GraphPad software
Demonstrate the ability to attain funding from peer review grant bodies (i.e. MRC, HTA, etc)
Ability to develop new techniques and assess their worth
The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and DBS clearance prior to appointment.
Further particulars can be found here: http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/MDSFPs.pdf
Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Wiebke Arlt, email: W.Arlt@bham.ac.uk
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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.