University of Cambridge Academic Clinical Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine

Applications are invited for a new Academic Clinical Lectureship in Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Cambridge funded by the NIHR – IAT programme.

This post offers an unrivalled opportunity to undertake high quality research within an outstanding academic and clinical environment. Applicants should be medically qualified, have full GMC registration, and already hold or have submitted a PhD/DPhil/MD. The appointment will be for four years and, if you do not already hold a PhD/DPhil/MD at the time of application, will be subject to confirmation of the award before commencement of post.

The Clinical Lecturer will be required to undertake research, clinical work and training and also teaching duties as assigned by the Head of Department. The field of research will be determined by the successful applicant, in discussion with the Head of Department, Prof Kenneth Smith and Head of Division, Prof David Menon.

The Clinical Lectureship is aimed at doctors with a PhD/MD (or equivalent), who already have core specialty training experience, have gained the FFICM and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine. It provides opportunities for post-higher degree research and facilitates applications for further research funding and postdoctoral academic training for doctors working towards completion of specialty training. Clinical Lecturers (CLs) spend 50% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 50% undertaking research. It is expected that CLs will complete their specialty training during the period of the Lectureship.

The post holder will be expected to develop a distinctive research plan that allows application for an Intermediate Fellowship/Clinician Scientist Grant in the second half of their time in post. The speciality training programme to be followed will be determined by the successful applicant in discussion with relevant members of the operational board of the Deanery Postgraduate School of Intensive Care Medicine.

Academic Intensive Care in Cambridge

The University Division of Anaesthesia was formally established in 1991 on the Addenbrooke’s site with Professor J Gareth Jones as the first Head of Department. The Prodessorship of Anaesthesia is currently occupied by Professor Menon. Other established University posts at Consultant level include three University Lecturers: one in Neurocritical care (Dr Jonathan Coles), one in Pain medicine (Dr Michael Lee), and one in Intensive Care medicine (Dr Charlotte Summers). The Division currently has two other Clinical Lecturers in addition to the one currently being advertised (Dr Andrew Conway Morris and Dr Alasdair Jubb). The department currently supports a variety of PhD students and postgraduate/post-doctoral researchers. Departmental facilities are housed adjacent to the NHS Anaesthetic Department, the Main Operating theatres, and the John V Farman Intensive Care Unit. In addition to office space, the Department contains an Image Processing Lab (funded by the Royal Society and supported by a departmental Gigabit network), and laboratory facilities.

The University Division of Anaesthesia has a substantial track record in nurturing clinical academics. Over the last 10 years, the department has produced eight PhDs (many funded through competitive national Research Training Fellowships from the MRC and Wellcome Trust), two Clinician Scientists, three Senior Lecturers, and two Professors. We have established research programs in traumatic brain injury, the biology of critical illness (particularly acute respiratory distress syndrome, nosocomial infection and epigenetics of critical illness), consciousness and coma, and pain medicine. We were awarded the first ever NIHR funded ACF (2009) and ACL (2011) posts in ICM. Previous appointees to these posts have gone on to obtain intermediate and postdoctoral fellowships, international academic recognition (e.g. Fulbright and Churchill Scholarships, Niels Lassen Young Investigator Award), and one has now been appointed to a substantive clinical academic post.

A description of some of our current areas of research is available on our divisional website. While an appointee to this post could participate in one of the research programs described, we would be very happy to explore the possibility that post-doctoral clinicians appointed to this post might develop new and fruitful collaborations with the wide range of biomedical science available in Cambridge.

Further information:

Queries in the first instance should be directed to Ann Enticknap