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Job id: 092205. Salary: Clinical Consultant Scale, inclusive of London Weighting allowance.

Posted: 04 July 2024. Closing date: 08 September 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Contact details: Anita Grigoriadis.

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.

About Us

King’s is one of the top UK universities, ranked 35th in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King’s has over 33,000 students from some 190 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2021). As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, King’s is committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King’s is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.

Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (FoLSM) is one of the largest and most successful centres for biomedical research and education in the UK. The Faculty is configured as six Schools and the cross-cutting Centre for Education and has unparalleled expertise in basic, translational and clinical research, deployed to inform and deliver our education programmes, enhance clinical innovation and serve our communities. King’s was ranked 10th in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health in the Times Higher Rankings for 2023. The Faculty holds an Athena SWAN Silver award and has a comprehensive programme of initiatives to support an inclusive environment and culture, and promote diversity across our staff and student communities, as well as the leadership of the Faculty.

King’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre within the School for Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences

King’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC) headed by Professor Anita Grigoriadis (interim) is the academic arm of King’s Health Partners' Comprehensive Cancer Centre (KHP CCC), one of the leading cancer centres in Europe. KHP CCC brings together world-class clinical services, delivered by our NHS partners, research and education for the benefit of cancer patients in south-east London and beyond. Research at the CCC has a strong and broad base of funding, including strategic investments such as the King’s partnership in the Cancer Research UK City of London Centre (CRUK CoL), CRUK RadNet, the KHP Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) and Breast Cancer Now Research Unit, alongside major research programmes delivered in partnership with colleagues in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine (e.g. School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences) and beyond.

Our Research priorities

  • Early detection and treatment of cancer including recurrence after treatment
  • Cancer immunology and immunotherapy
  • Enhancing the knowledge transfer between solid tumour and haematological oncology disciplines
  • Integrative multimodality analysis (including machine learning) for precision medicine

We are committed to training future researchers and currently have over 80 students studying for a PhD in the Centre. We also run a very successful MRes in Translational Cancer Medicine.

King’s Health Partners (KHP) Haematology

King’s Health Partners Haematology brings together haematology clinical services, alongside clinically focused research led by world-renowned academics. We ensure our expertise and knowledge is shared globally through our education and training programme.

The King’s College Hospital (KCH) Department of Haematological Medicine is a leading centre for the care of patients with blood disorders, and provides specialist diagnostic investigations and treatments for a wide range of blood, bone marrow and spleen disorders. As one of the largest centres for haemoglobin disorders in the UK, KCH provides specialist day unit, outpatient and inpatient services to diagnose and treat sickle cell and thalassaemia. The clinical service also offers specialist treatment for all types of anaemia, platelet disorders, polycythaemia (high red cell count), iron metabolism disorders such as haemochromatosis (iron overload) and abnormal white cell count, and offers specialist transfusions advice for pregnant women, patients with special requirements and patients who refuse blood products. Further information on King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical services can be found here.

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About the Role

We wish to appoint an outstanding individual as Clinical Professor in Haematology and Head of the Department of Haematology within the Comprehensive Cancer Centre, School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are especially interested in individuals with an academic track record and interest in either haemato-oncology, stem cell transplantation, advanced therapies (either oncological or non-oncological) or patient stratification. In addition to pursuing their own state-of-the-art programme, the postholder will provide strategic leadership for academic haematology including research, education and mentorship of early career clinical and non-clinical scientists. The role as Head of Section is normally held for five years and is renewable. It would be possible to consider a phased move into the academic leadership role for individuals who would like to first take some time to establish their research programme at King’s. Current research interests in the Section include Leukaemia & Myeloma, Lymphoma, Bone Marrow Failure & Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Clonal Haematopoiesis, Allogeneic Stem cell Transplantation, Molecular Haematology, Sickle cell disease and Venous Thrombosis.

Responsibilities of Head of Department of Haematology:

The Head of Department of Haematology is responsible for academic, strategic and operational leadership within the Department; and will support the Joint Heads of School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences in ensuring the School executes excellence across all its activities. The role holder is expected:

  • To align the Department’s strategic objectives with those of the Faculty, with responsibility for the delivery of these; to optimise the School’s and Faculty’s performance and ongoing sustainability
  • To ensure the Department contributes to the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences’ ambition to excel in education, research, international and knowledge transfer activities, encouraging and fostering collaboration and ensuring consistency of practice and process
  • To represent the Department of Haematology and School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences’ interests in the development of Faculty and university policy, and to be responsible for the implementation of Faculty and university policy within the Department
  • To performance manage staff in the Department
  • To foster a stimulating, innovative and inclusive cultural environment across the Department enabling students and staff to thrive and develop

The Head of Department of Haematology is responsible for the development of the Department and ensuring the structure is appropriate for delivery of the School’s ambitions.

For more detailed information around the responsibility of the Head of Department around Leadership and Planning, Academic Leadership, Research & Knowledge Transfer, Education, Impact and Innovation, People, Finance, Estates, Space and Facilities, and Governance, please contact

The post will be based predominantly on the Denmark Hill campus but will interact closely with colleagues across other King’s Health Partners campuses. An appointment as Honorary Consultant Haematologist will be offered at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. While our strong preference is for a clinical appointment, we are prepared to consider exceptional non-clinical scientists who have a substantial track record in clinical translational research and interactions with clinicians and patient populations.

This is a full time post and you will be offered an indefinite contract.

About You

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

Essential criteria

  1. Undergraduate Medical Degree & PhD or equivalent level in a related subject
  2. Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or equivalent training in haematology (for clinical candidates). GMC Registration if you’re a practicing clinician.
  3. Success in obtaining significant research grant funding, including previously held independent Senior Investigator or equivalent academic leadership positions.
  4. An established international reputation for research evidenced, for example, with an established track record of programmatic funding and high impact publications which includes presenting research at international meetings and research conferences.
  5. Evidence of developing new knowledge, innovative research and broadening the boundaries of therapies in haematology
  6. Evidence of leadership capability or promise
  7. Ability to lead and function within a team and to plan and prioritise workload
  8. Successful supervision of postgraduate research students.
  9. Previous experience of clinical governance
  10. Proven track record in education, research and professional achievement, showing a commitment to high quality and innovation
  11. An excellent communicator, capable of inspiring staff and students and driving forward the Department’s ambitions and strategic aims across the full range of its activities
  12. Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias.

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.

Applications will be shortlisted by a selection committee drawn from across the Faculty and NHS partners. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a two-stage interview process and stakeholder engagement. The final interview panel will take place in early September, chaired by the Senior Vice President (Health).

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is committed to ensuring an inclusive interview process and will reimburse up to £250 towards any additional care costs (for a dependent child or adult) incurred as a result of attending an interview for this position.

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