Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Experimental Medicine

United Kingdom
Oct 17, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Develop and manage a high level research programme and cognate commercialisation activity in diabetic retinopathy, related retinal diseases and vascular stem cell biology under the leadership of Professor Stitt in line with the School/Faculty Research Strategy.



  • Help in the training of students and post-doctoral fellows in practical work where applicable, and advise student on techniques.
  • Contribute to the work of the School through limited teaching and associated tasks within own research specialism.


  • To develop key aspects of Prof Stitt’s research programme that combines molecular pathology and therapeutic development for retinal vascular diseases and vasoregeneration. This includes development and optimisation of complex in vitro and in vivo model systems combined with the use of state-of-the-art imaging technologies and robust indicators of disease initiation and progression.
  • To manage the day to day activity of a complex research programme within the ophthalmology grouping, ensuring quality control, adherence to SOPs, development of new strands activity.
  • Develop a research plan that underpins the development, implementation and management of research and commercialisation activities that map to the goals of the Stitt programme and other related activity.
  • Contribute to high quality publications in refereed journals and presenting at national and international conferences.
  • Develop research proposals and commercialisation opportunities in collaboration with Professor Stitt at local, national and international level.
  • Negotiate and secure funding contracts in research specialism to support collaborative work with colleagues within the School,
  • Global Research Institutes and the Faculty where appropriate.
  • Within the research project, work with Professor Stitt to set research objectives and programme of implementation.
  • Direct, coach and develop research staff and students, where appropriate.
  • Ensure that research projects are completed on time and within budget.

Administration/Contribution to the Community:

  • Contribute to the School/Faculty’s outreach strategy by developing relevant external links and partnerships.
  • Develop links with relevant research groups, industries and external bodies (national and international where relevant) to encourage technology transfer opportunities and create opportunities for future research projects.
  • Carry out designated administrative duties.

Planning and Organising:

  • Plan for and set research objectives for short and medium term over a number of years.
  • Plan for the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate.
  • Contribute to research proposals for submission for external funding.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Mentor colleagues with less experience and provide advice on personal development.
  • Supervise the work of others, for example in research teams and projects.
  • Ensure the development and adherence to SOPs relating to retinal vascular disease and vascular progenitor cell research and related licences/governance.
  • Manage own research, supervisory and administrative demands under general supervision of Prof Stitt.
  • Assist in the development of skills and competence in others (for example through the supervision of research students).
  • Monitor and ensure effective management of assets and budgets allocated as part of the role.
  • Participate in judgements regarding the use of resources within the research programme.

Internal and External Relationships:

  • Supervise research projects of undergraduate and post graduate students.
  • Member of such committees relevant to their administrative or teaching duties.
  • Collaborate with other staff within School/Faculty.
  • Participate in and develop external networks, for example to identify sources of funding, generate income, obtain consultancy projects, or build relationships for future activities.




  • A relevant degree.
  • A PhD in a relevant bioscience.
  • Recognised and relevant qualifications in project management.
  • Substantial research experience in experimental ophthalmology with proven track record in molecular pathology using relevant in vitro and in vivo systems.
  • High-level imaging skills, both in conventional microscopy and in vivo imaging for robust assessment of therapeutic efficacy.
  • A track record of working closely with commercial partners to deliver high-level and robustly regulated research activity within the context of an academic-industry partnership. Demonstration of outputs appropriate to this activity.
  • Evidence of managing complex, inter-disciplinary research projects by engaging with academic and commercial partners towards productive endpoints.
  • Research interests which are complimentary to the ongoing programme in ophthalmology research.
  • Supervise research projects of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Experience and skills in managing and motivating staff.
  • Ability to contribute to major grants/contracts and to devise, advise on and manage research programmes.
  • Demonstrable experience, qualifications and skills in project management.
  • Experience, achievement and growing reputation in the discipline, reflected in relevant national committee memberships and/or involvement in national research events. Ability to communicate complex information effectively.
  • Ability to manage resources.
  • Demonstrable intellectual ability.
  • Ability to supervise work of others in a research team.
  • Willingness to travel to interface with commercial/industrial partners and/or collaborators.
  • Willingness to undertake outreach activities through public engagement and student recruitment activities.



  • PhD in molecular biology, biomedicine biochemistry.
  • Publications in the areas of ophthalmology and vascular disease.
  • Experience in supervising and assessing both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Experience in day to day management and supervision of research students in tertiary level education.



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