Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Cancer Clinical Trials

United Kingdom
Jan 12, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

The University wishes to appoint an academic paediatric oncologist or haematologist with appropriate academic stature and profile of a Senior Clinical Lecturer. This is a new post within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham and will be based within the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) within the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences. Children’s Cancer Trials are a major focus of research within the CRCTU; the Unit’s Children’s Cancer Trials Team (CCTT) delivers the majority of the paediatric cancer national trials portfolio. Led by Profs Kearns and Wheatley, the portfolio is now the largest within CRCTU, with the greatest areas of growth in the design and delivery of early phase trials, in adaptive and Bayesian designs and in the UK leadership of international trials. The primary purpose of the post is to enhance clinical trials research and education within the area of paediatric oncology and haematology and the appointee will be expected to provide leadership and innovation in the further development of the Children’s Cancer


Trials portfolio

The successful applicant will have demonstrated a firm commitment to a clinical academic career and an interest in clinical trials research. The applicants will have a track record in delivering clinical trials and a published record of research achievement in areas related to paediatric oncology and /or haematology. The capability for local, national and international research collaborations with other research groups is desirable. An on-going research programme and track record in paediatric oncology research would be highly desirable.

We seek an individual with a relevant PhD, or equivalent, in an area allied to oncology or haematology. The applicant must have ideally completed Higher Specialist Training in Paediatric oncology or haematology (CCST) and be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). The successful candidate will also be expected to develop and play a leading role in the delivery of undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate.

An NHS clinical attachment and honorary contract will be arranged through the Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The final job plan will be negotiated with the successful candidate.


Person Specification


  • Eligible for GMC registration
  • Eligible for inclusion on Specialist Register in Paediatrics (Paediatric Oncology) or Haematology, or within six months of this.
  • Post registration qualification (MRCPCH, MRCPATH or equivalent by examination)
  • Higher Degree (MD, PhD,)
  • Child protection training to minimum of level 2



  • Wide experience in tertiary paediatric oncology or Haematology
  • Evidence of commitment to an academic career in paediatric oncology or Haematology
  • Appropriate progression of career to date
  • Experience in clinical teaching



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to seek and offer advice appropriately
  • Perseverance and effectiveness in problem solving
  • Capacity to assess and manage undifferentiated clinical problems
  • Commitment to teaching and training
  • Ability to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and to non-medical staff
  • Evidence of good leadership, organisational and management skills.
  • An understanding of clinical research governance
  • Understanding of clinical trials methodology



  • National academic profile in clinical trials research with the potential for developing local, national and international research collaborations
  • Commitment to development of clinical research for children and adolescents in oncology and haematology that will fully complement/strengthen existing research themes in the CRCTU and Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
  • A track record in obtaining research funding from national funding bodies.
  • Established track record of first author or last author publications in leading National and International Journals
  • Evidence of National/International reputation for research
  • Evidence of successfully delivering research projects



  • Capacity to build strong and effective relationships with patients, families and colleagues
  • A commitment to personal / unit CPD
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Capacity to gain confidence and trust from others
  • Ability to respond to and cope with change
  • Ability to cope with pressure from unexpected or urgent clinical situations.
  • The ability to lead a professional team
  • The ability to organise workload and prioritise competing demands
  • Honesty and integrity



  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development
  • Participate and facilitate and contribute to departmental clinical governance strategy regular audit and monitoring of standards of care


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