Assistant Professor in Anatomy

Assistant Professor in Anatomy

Trinity College Dublin - School of Medicine

Dublin, Ireland

The Purpose of the Role

The primary purpose of this post is to contribute to Anatomy teaching, research, and administrative activities in the School of Medicine. The successful applicant will have an established reputation in teaching and research in the anatomical and/or biomedical sciences and will be expected to contribute to both undergraduate anatomy teaching, research, and supervision.


The Discipline of Anatomy teaches undergraduate students of Medicine, Dentistry, Human Health and Disease, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Neuroscience and Radiation Therapy. The preferred candidate will have a profile in research appropriate to career stage, with a view to publishing in international journals and obtaining funding to sustain a research group of postgraduate students. The preferred candidate will support the academic mission of the Discipline of Anatomy and participate in the wider academic life of the College, including committee membership and professional development activities.

Main Responsibilities


  • Contribute to and provide academic leadership in all teaching and related activities in the School and College at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with an emphasis on vertical integration and blended learning;
  • Delivery of high-class teaching and a commitment to the development of innovative and state of the art anatomy teaching options.

Research & Scholarship

  • The preferred candidate will have a proven track record of research in the anatomical and/or biomedical sciences, as evidenced by publications in international journals and an ability to supervise postgraduate research;
  • The preferred candidate will have the capacity to secure research funding and show evidence of a feasible and productive research plan;
  • A record of research dissemination and peer reviewed publication arising from their research and related to anatomy in international high impact journals;
  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues within the school, nationally and internationally as relevant for the development of their research;
  • Contribution to the research component of the schools’ strategic plan.

Administration, Contribution to University and Engagement with Discipline & Society

  • Undertake administrative roles as assigned by the Head of Discipline of Anatomy, and/or Head of School;
  • Organizational skills necessary to the performance of the teaching, research, and administration requirements of the role of Assistant Professor;
  • Ability to establish targets and goals in line with Discipline, School, and College strategies;
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
  • Commitment to professional development.

Person Requirements

The role-holder will require the following knowledge, skills and attributes for successful performance in the role.


  • Excellent academic record and have completed a primary degree and a PhD in an anatomy-related life science subject with significant postgraduate research experience;
  • Academic publications in peer reviewed international journals and/or publications of equal standing of recognized originality and value.

Knowledge & Experience

The successful candidate will be expected to clearly demonstrate the following:

Teaching (Essential)

  • Detailed knowledge of human anatomy as it relates to the Head and Neck, Brain, Musculoskeletal system, and the Trunk;
  • Experience of cadaveric dissection and prosection;
  • Experience in exam preparation, marking and feedback delivery;
  • Experience in lecture and practical class delivery to small and large groups using modern presentation and blended learning methods;
  • Aware of the modes of vertical integration of anatomy across CORU, dental council and IMC accredited professional courses;
  • Experience of University Learning Management Systems/Virtual Learning Environments.

Research & Scholarship (Essential)

  • Previous experience in research and publication in the anatomical and/or the biomedical sciences;
  • Track record of publication and grant applications;
  • Experience of supervising undergraduate dissertations and final year projects.

Research & Scholarship (Desirable)

  • Previous experience in attracting research funding;
  • Experience in supervising PhD, MSc, MD research;
  • Experience of developing new teaching media for labs and lectures, including blended learning modalities;
  • Experience in pedagogical research and its effectiveness to drive research-led teaching;
  • Experience of working collaboratively and effectively in an inter and multidisciplinary environment.

Administration, Contribution to University and Engagement with Discipline & Society (Essential)

  • Ability to undertake administrative responsibilities as required by the Discipline, School, and University;
  • Ability to represent the School and University on appropriate national and international advisory boards and professional bodies;
  • Organizational skills necessary to the performance of teaching, research, and administration requirements of the role of Assistant Professor;
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills;
  • Planning and organizational skills, particularly coordinating processes, and systems.

Personal attributes

  • Capability and confidence to take ownership of problems and seek long term solutions;
  • Career driven, enthusiastic and motivated;
  • Commitment to own professional development.

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