Professor of Gastro-Intestinal Oncology

University of Glasgow – RI Cancer Sciences

Job Purpose
The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a Professor of Gastro-Intestinal Oncology within the Institute of Cancer Sciences (ICS), in the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences (MVLS). The Professor will lead the expansion and maintenance of major programmes of research in translational and clinical cancer research, with a particular focus on colon cancer. Other gastro-intestinal (GI) or non-GI clinical interests that are relevant to our strategic priorities will also be welcome.

Glasgow offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical cancer research, including world leading basic cancer research at the University of Glasgow and a state of the art cancer treatment centre at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, which serves a population of 2.6m, and sees over 8,500 new patients annually, and houses one of the CR-UK cancer clinical trial units (CTU) and the Glasgow Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC). The Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre and Imaging Centre of Excellence at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, provide further outstanding facilities to support translational and clinical research.

The Professor will play a key role in the continuing strategic expansion of the Institute of Cancer Sciences. The Professor will have a major focus in colon cancer or one of the other key strategic priorities of the Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow, its clinical research programmes (CTU and ECMC), and the CR-UK Glasgow Centre. The Professor will develop a translational and clinical research programme which aligns with the Institute’s precision medicine agenda, and may include genomic medicine, pre-clinical and / or clinical experimental medicine studies, or clinical trials (both early and late phase).

The main aims of the post are:

  • To provide world-class clinically-relevant or translational cancer research in Glasgow, building a cohesive programme of research that complements the strategy and existing programmes within the ICS, most notably in colon cancer. The Professor will take responsibility for the recruitment, management and development of translational or clinical research in colon cancer or other strategic priority clinical areas of interest, in collaboration with the Director of Institute of Cancer Sciences, the Institute Management Group, and existing researchers.
  • To build an internationally competitive and externally funded research programme in translational or clinical cancer research, developing and delivering clinical trials, publishing high impact research papers, communicating this work at international meetings/symposia and participating in review and advisory groups and panels, grant-funding bodies, and Committees.
  • To collaborate with scientific and clinical research groups in Glasgow and beyond to promote the translation of basic cancer research to patient benefit.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Research:

  1. To provide outstanding academic leadership by inspiring the highest standards of clinical and translational research.
  2. To play a leading role in raising the profile and contribute substantially to the Institute’s, the College’s and the University’s recognition in the field, and to further expand and promote translational and clinical cancer research within the ICS.
  3. To further develop and lead an internationally recognised research programme in translational or clinical cancer research, and to develop the resources to support this work by recruiting and maintaining a high performance research group and securing external funding.
  4. To contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile of the ICS by establishing a track record of clinical trials development, publications of international quality in leading high impact journals and contribute to international meetings and taking part in review and granting panels at the national / international level as appropriate.
  5. To ensure that the research team(s) and its members comply with the University’s policies on research quality and conduct and the requirements of all relevant regulatory bodies.

Clinical Duties:
It is expected that the successful candidate will have completed higher specialist training in Medical or Clinical Oncology and will be on the GMC’s specialist register for Medical or Clinical Oncology or will be eligible to be registered (for overseas candidates). The clinical duties of the post-holder and the number of clinical programmed activities will be arranged in discussion with the Director of the Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow, and the Medical Director of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. The successful candidate will be given an Honorary Consultant contract with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. However, the post is predominantly research oriented, and the job plan will be flexible to ensure that it reflects the essential requirement to run an internationally competitive research group. Clinical duties would include responsibility for the management of in-patients and out-patients with malignant disease, and it is expected that this would include a commitment to clinical trials.

Teaching:
The Institute of Cancer Sciences has a strong post-graduate teaching programme and candidates would be expected to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, including contribution to special study modules and clinical bedside teaching in collaboration with the relevant Schools in the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences as required.

Administrative Duties:

  • To participate fully in appropriate committees, and contribute to the management of Institute / College operations.
  • To actively contribute to the development of Institute strategy, priorities, direction and success.
  • To represent Institute activities out with the Institute and University.
  • To contribute to Institute/College working groups, as appropriate.
  • To participate in Institute performance reviews.
  • To contribute to the efficient administration and servicing of the department as required by the Director of Institute.

Standard Terms & Conditions
An honorary consultant contract will be applied for from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, with an associated salary from £78,304 - £105,570 per annum on the New Consultant Contract (NCC) Scotland.

Further payments may be made by the NHS for clinical activity e.g. a clinical EPA, Discretionary Points, Merit Award and/or Availability Supplement, if eligible.

The successful candidate will be free to undertake consultancy work subject to the conditions laid down by the University Court.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of superannuation benefits.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme
The post for which you are applying is considered ‘registered work’ in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act. It requires the successful applicant to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme member prior to appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act.

If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to PVG Scheme membership. Further information is available at: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/pvg/pvg_index.html.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial) in accordance with the University Court's policies.

PERFORMANCE AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW
The University of Glasgow is committed to undertaking Performance & Development Review (P&DR) for all of its employees with the goal of maximising individual and organisational performance while supporting personal development. Senior Clinical academic staff who hold honorary consultant contracts with the NHS have been opted out of the standard University P&DR framework, on the understanding that the NHS scheme that consultants are required to participate in is broadly comparable and will cover academic responsibilities. Details of these arrangements, which are in line with the new consultant contract, can be accessed from: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/policies/p-z/pdrindex/clinacadschemes/clinicalacademic/.

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