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Lecturer in Childhood Cancer or Haematology Research

Requisition ID:  20242

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  24-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



Lecturer Grade F: £36,382 to £40,927 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum


Closing Date: 27 June 2022


The Role

The main purpose of this role is to further Newcastle’s international reputation in molecular oncology, through providing leadership in the delivery of high-quality research and teaching focused on haematology or childhood cancer. 

You will be a member of the Newcastle University Centre for Cancer (NU Cancer) and will drive a laboratory-based research programme in haematology or childhood cancer at its Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre. The Wolfson Centre comprises over 90 basic, translational, and clinical researchers, providing excellent opportunities for collaboration, and has strong links with clinical colleagues at the Great North Children’s Hospital. Specific areas of research focus identified for recruitment include developmental biology, molecular oncology, in vivo modelling and/or pre-clinical research. However, high-quality applications in other areas of haematology and childhood cancer will be considered.

You will be expected to develop your own independent programme of research as well as forging close collaborative links with colleagues at the University and in the NHS Trust who are already actively pursuing research on haematological malignancies or childhood cancers. This research activity will be established by you attracting high quality grant income as both a lead and co-applicant on grant applications to the major funding bodies. In addition, you will make strong contributions to teaching in cancer at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


This is an open ended, full time position. 


If you have any informal enquires about the role, please contact Steve Clifford


Key Accountabilities 

•    Contribute to the leadership of childhood cancer or haematology research and to build a research team that will be internationally renowned in the field
•    Drive programmes of research that illuminate childhood cancer or immunology and to translate this knowledge for the design of novel therapeutic approaches in cancer
•    Apply and potentially develop innovative technologies, where appropriate
•    Consistently publish research in peer reviewed publications at a 3* level, with significant contribution at the 4* level
•    Disseminate research findings through national and international conferences and other avenues
•    Attract funding for research from a range of peer reviewed external sources
•    Where applicable to generate novel intellectual property and to seek to advance that IP for the benefit of cancer patients
•    To contribute towards the development and running of cutting-edge research projects

•    Train and support the next generation of clinical and non-clinical childhood cancer or haematology researchers
•    Supervise postgraduate students (e.g. PhD, MD, Masters)
•    Deliver and promote research-led undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including the supervision of laboratory projects
•    Meet, as needed, with students for pastoral support and guidance

•    Contribute to the strategic development and implementation of childhood cancer or haematology research in the Institute and Faculty
•    Contribute to the leadership of the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre
•    Contribute to NU Cancer’s national and international profile through forming collaborations, involvement in national and international working groups
•    Promote the national and international profile of NU Cancer and raise its profile as a centre that is recognised for its translational research with an emphasis on those of the greatest unmet need
•    Develop and sustain an independent research group that operates with a collaborative team-science ethic and in which all team members are recognised and rewarded for their contributions and are provided the opportunity for career advancement
•    Promote a research culture that encourages and celebrates a rich diversity in its workforce and that upholds the highest standards for its research integrity, data reproducibility and collaborative spirit


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    A track record of publication in leading peer reviewed journals
•    Able to demonstrate delivery of impactful research
•    Experience in successfully preparing competitive proposals for research funding
•    Experience of teaching and/or research supervision of students
•    Evidence of progression toward independence and leadership in research
•    Evidence of public speaking at major international conferences
•    Evidence of engagement with a national or/and international collaborative research network 
•    Evidence of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard

•    A strong background in developmental biology, molecular oncology and/or in vivo and pre-clinical modelling
•    Demonstratable ability to develop and deliver innovative approaches to the design and analysis of pre-clinical, clinical or research studies
•    A demonstrated ability to undertake independent research and to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team to successfully deliver research projects 
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice 
•    Experience with translation of research and/or engagement with industry
•    Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEAO or equivalent qualification for teaching in UK Higher Education


Attributes and Behaviours 
•    Advocate for the University values and guiding principles
•    Well-developed organisational and communication skills
•    Works in partnership with others with good interpersonal skills


•    A PhD in a relevant discipline 


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20242