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Job id: 091049. Salary: Professor: from £80,324 per annum, Senior Lecturer: £62,696 - £71,857. Lecturer: £51,974 - £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 14 June 2024. Closing date: 08 September 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: Medical & Molecular Genetics.

Contact details: Professor Michael Simpson. Michael.simpson@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Guy's Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.

About us:

The Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at King's College London is pleased to announce openings for a series of academic positions, including Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professorial roles. These group leader positions signify King's College London's continued commitment to advancing the field of human genetics, reflecting the university's pioneering history in genetics research and recognising the importance of human genetics in contemporary medical and public health fields.

These roles offer an exciting opportunity to join the thriving human genetics community at a world-class department renowned for its strength in this field. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals with research interests in the areas of population genetics and epidemiology, and functional genomics.

The Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine is a leader in medical education and research, providing a vibrant and supportive environment for its faculty and students. By joining King’s, you will be part of an institution that values innovation, collaboration, and the advancement of knowledge in genetics and beyond.

The Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics is located in the life sciences cluster in historic and vibrant London Bridge. It hosts advanced research facilities for genetic investigations of both common and rare diseases, alongside studies of fundamental mechanisms of gene regulation. With internationally recognised programs in both computational and experimental genetics, the department serves as a hub for interdisciplinary research, encouraging collaboration across various scientific and clinical disciplines and maintaining strong connections with international research communities. 

About the roles:

Successful candidates will lead their own innovative research programs, focusing on the identification and manipulation of genetic mechanisms in human health and disease. Each group leader will be entrusted with leading their research teams and fostering a collaborative and positive research culture. They are expected not only to secure funding and publish impactful scholarly articles but also to lead initiatives with impact beyond academia, influencing public health policy, enhancing health service delivery, and promoting broader societal benefits.

They will be expected to contribute to the vibrant academic community within the department and more broadly across the college. A key aspect of these faculty positions involves education and mentoring, where they will shape the next generation of scientists through their contributions to both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered an indefinite contract.

Additional information for application process

In your application please state which role you are applying for (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professorial) and include the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae - including educational background, professional experience, awards, honours, and relevant skills or certifications.
  • Publication highlights, five selected publications from the last 10 years that you consider your most significant contributions, each with a brief narrative description of the key findings and your role.
  • Research Statement (1-2 pages), an overview of your past research achievements, current projects, and future research plans.
  • Educational Statement (1-2 pages), your philosophy for mentoring and education, your experiences, and an overview of how you would plan to contribute to genetics education. 

About you:

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Lecturer

Essential Criteria:

1.      PhD in human genetics or a closely related field.

2.      Demonstrable potential for securing external funding.

3.      Original peer-reviewed research publications, first or senior author in high-impact journals, showing significant contributions to human genetics.

4.      Clearly articulated vision for high-quality human genetics education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

5.      Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present research findings to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Desirable Criteria:

1.      Experience in mentoring and training postgraduate students.

2.      Proven track record of participation in collaborative research projects.

3.      Strong network within the human genetics research community, including collaborations with international researchers and institutions.

Senior Lecturer

Essential Criteria:

1.      PhD in human genetics or a closely related field.

2.      Established track record of securing external research funding.

3.      Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, including as senior author in high-impact journals, showing significant contributions to human genetics.

4.      Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a research team, fostering a positive research culture and establishing an innovative research environment.

5.      A clear vision for innovation in a human genetics curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

6.      Demonstrated ability to deliver human genetics training through workshops and other educational activities, even if not from a traditional university teaching background.

7.      Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present research findings to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.

8.      Experience in mentoring and training early-career researchers and/or postgraduate students.

Desirable Criteria:

1.      Contributions to public health policy or initiatives that extend the impact of genetic research beyond academia.

2.      History of contributions to the development of academic policies or programs.

3.      Experience in translational research and the ability to bridge basic science with clinical applications.

4.      Strong network within the human genetics research community, including collaborations with international researchers and institutions.

Professor

Essential Criteria:

1.      PhD in human genetics or a closely related field.

2.      National or international recognition in human genetics.

3.      Sustained track-record in securing competitive external funding.

4.      Strong publication record, including as senior author in high-impact journals, showing significant and sustained contribution to human genetics.

5.      Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a research team, fostering a positive research culture and establishing an innovative research environment.

6.      Sustained evidence of mentoring and training early-career researchers and postgraduate students.

7.      A clear vision for innovation in a human genetics curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

8.      Demonstrated ability to deliver human genetics training through workshops and other educational activities, even if not from a traditional university teaching background.

9.      Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present research findings to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Desirable Criteria:

1.      Contributions to public health policy or initiatives that extend the impact of genetic research beyond academia.

2.      History of contributions to the development of academic policies or programs.

3.      Experience in translational research and the ability to bridge basic science with clinical applications.

4.      Strong network within the human genetics research community, including collaborations with international researchers and institutions.

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held during the month of October/November 2024.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.