Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Cancer Genomics)

Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Cancer Genomics)

University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland

Reference number: 037168

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Undergraduate degree (level 8 NFQ).
  • Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in biomedical sciences, biosciences or a closely related discipline.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB

The Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Cancer Genomics) will play a pivotal role in shaping the future development of cancer genomics as a research area at the University of Limerick. The appointee will be one of three founding chairs of the Limerick Cancer Research Centre and will help shape the development of this rapidly growing centre in addition to developing a centre of excellence in cancer genomics for the wider University of Limerick community.

The appointee will also oversee the development of teaching strategies in genomics for biomedical/biosciences at all levels, will develop and review approaches to the teaching of genomics and, where appropriate, will deliver teaching/facilitate learning, assessment and associated marking with particular reference to biomedical/bioscience programmes.

As part of the national Senior Academic Leadership Initiative, we are seeking to appoint a Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Cancer Genomics) to lead the development of cancer genomics at the University of Limerick. This is an interfaculty appointment by the Faculties of Education & Health Sciences and Science + Engineering at the University of Limerick. The successful applicant will be based in the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick and will have an affiliation with the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Cancer Genomics) will join a new strategic initiative in cancer research shared between the University of Limerick and the University Hospital Limerick. This new initiative, the Limerick Cancer Research Centre (LCRC), will harness existing strengths in material sciences, biomedical engineering, mathematics, and computer sciences on the UL campus aligned to investments in excellent basic and clinical cancer research to drive improved data-driven therapeutic decision making through the development of new patient-centred digital disease models.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, a significant publication record and an international research reputation. A record of achieving research funding and leadership is essential, as is significant experience of working in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. We seek candidates with leadership skills and an international track record in the field of cancer genomics. The appointee will be expected to develop a programme of research in the broad area of cancer genomics, with a focus on translational cancer research, and to support their research programme through the acquisition of major national and international funding. We support the appointee in the development of a centre of excellence in cancer genomics for the wider University of Limerick community.

In addition, a commitment to collaborative research with research Institutes and centres across the University of Limerick is desirable. The LCRC works closely with the research Institutes in UL, including the Health Research Institute, the Bernal Institute and Lero (the Irish software research centre). Members of the LCRC also collaborate with the Smart Manufacturing centre Confirm.

The appointee would be expected to secure the publication of key results in leading journals that further develop reputation in the subject area, and to foster collaborations with the wider cancer genomics and clinical cancer community. They would also promote and market the work of the University in the subject area both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will also oversee the development of teaching strategies in genomics for biomedical sciences (GEMS) and biosciences (biological sciences) at all levels including UG, PGT, CPD and PGR. They will deliver teaching to students through lectures, small group teaching sessions, practical classes and associated marking and assessment where appropriate with particular reference to biomedical/bioscience programmes.

Applicants are required to submit a statement of future research (up to 2 pages) and teaching plans (up to 2 pages) that indicate how they will drive the development of an international reputation cancer genomics research and education at the University of Limerick.

This post comes with an excellent start up package, and the opportunity to shape development of genomics research within the University.

Essential Criteria

  • Undergraduate degree (level 8 NFQ).
  • Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in biomedical sciences, biosciences or a closely related discipline.
  • Be able to demonstrate an ambition to contribute significantly to the vision of the newly established Limerick Cancer Research Centre and to the creation of a significant genomics research capability in Limerick.
  • Be familiar with the importance of interdisciplinary working in science and demonstrate a wider appreciation of the research areas within the Graduate Entry Medical School and Biological Sciences.
  • Have an international reputation and demonstrable impact in the application of genomics to cancer research, evidenced by publications in top international journals and significant research income.
  • Evidence of substantial track record in high quality publications in cancer genomics.
  • Evidence of sustained success in obtaining research grant income in cancer genomics.
  • Experienced in leading research projects.
  • Ability to demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of cancer research to patients.
  • Track record of successful supervision of research students, including PhD students.
  • Demonstrable experience of leadership in advancing gender equality.
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership qualities, such as leading research groups, thematic areas, research agendas or academic units.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including academic staff, internally and externally, with clinicians and other health care workers
  • Have excellent communication skills, especially within diverse environments.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to motivate and provide leadership.
  • Experience of curriculum development and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in biomedical sciences/biosciences or related topics..
  • Be familiar with student assessment procedures and different learning methodologies.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of having worked in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop new teaching programmes.
  • Have a track record in laboratory based research.
  • Have expertise in the use and application of cancer models and/or analysis of tissue samples.
  • Have experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in biomedical sciences, biosciences or related topics.

Principal Duties

The successful candidate will be required to develop a research programme which complements existing research themes within the Limerick Cancer Research Centre, and to contribute to the delivery and organisation of teaching, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The successful candidate will also be expected to play an appropriate administrative role within the Department. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to avail of and establish collaborations in the University, as highlighted above.

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