StAR Research Lecturer - Vascular Biology

RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
August 28 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Post Title: Research Lecturer in Vascular Biology

Reports to: Professor James O'Donnell, Professor of Vascular Biology and Director of the Irish Centre for Vascular Biology

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Salary and package: The salary for these positions is €63,125 until the posts are tenured as permanent academic lectureships (3-5 years).

In addition, RCSI will make an investment of up to €150,000 in your research, including a 4 year PhD studentship and career development investment.

Term of office: Tenure track appointment up to 5 years (pending performance review). Applicants will receive a yearly progress review, and at the end of year 3, a major review will be undertaken to determine whether the position will be converted to a permanent post. The review will be overseen by a committee that is external to the Research Lecturer's academic department.

Vascular Biology

RCSI has identified vascular biology as a key research priority. In terms of developing an integrated national research program in vascular disease, RCSI has recently established an Irish Centre for Vascular Biology. The ICVB already includes more than 100 clinical and basic scientist principal investigators who are spread across all of the major academic teaching hospitals and universities in Ireland. The overall objective of the ICVB is to develop an integrated network of research groups across Ireland engaged in vascular research. This will include both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, and span and unite basic science and clinical research in order to achieve a collective critical mass. The ICVB will serve as a platform to enable a national translational research program focused on delivering novel therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and improvements in clinical management for patients with vascular disease. Within RCSI, there are a number of established PIs already working in vascular biology. These include Prof. O'Donnell (Director of ICVB); Prof Dermot Kenny; Prof Niamh Moran; Prof Dermot Cox; Prof Steve Kerrigan; Dr Roger Preston and Dr Marian Brennan.

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The principal objective of the Research Lecturer post is to participate in the continued development of teaching and world- class research programmes at RCSI. These positions aim to support up-and-coming research leaders to establish world- leading research teams in RCSI. Candidates must already have demonstrated scientific excellence with clear potential of becoming independent research leaders evident by high impact factor publications, fellowships and awards received.

The successful applicant will be expected to obtain significant research funding, such as a Science Foundation Ireland Career Development Award or a European Research Council Starting Grant. In addition, the applicant is expected to publish in leading high impact journals in their discipline, to supervise PhD students and to participate in undergraduate student teaching and training.

Specifics of the Post

Individuals will initially enter the programme with a 5 year contract and will be linked with a senior academic to provide mentorship. Each Research Lecturer may be provided funding for a PhD student that may be jointly supervised by their senior academic advisor, along with some funding for consumables (in total, four years of start-up funding). All Research Lecturers will receive considerable evaluation and feedback every year from both their academic advisor and a Research Institute evaluation committee that monitors their progress. At the end of the 3rd year, the Research Lecturer will receive a major evaluation, and those that have had outstanding performance with regard to quality publications and success in obtaining research income that will ensure independent investigator status may be made permanent. During the non-tenure phase of their contract, Research Lecturers will also have the opportunity to provide dedicated contact teaching hours in a supportive environment per semester so that they might begin to develop their teaching skills in advance of a permanent position.

Upon appointment, the Research Lecturer and their academic sponsor will devise a 5 year plan for both research and teaching at RCSI. It is generally expected that in year 1 the Research Lecturer will have protected time to establish their research programme at RCSI, with contribution to teaching within their academic department commencing in year 2, as coordinated and approved by their Head of Department. Support for a 4 year PhD studentship and research including costs (consumables and travel) is provided with the Research Lectureship, and a description of the PhD thesis project should be provided in the 5 year plan. The senior academic advisor may where appropriate jointly supervise the PhD student's thesis.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Establishing a research programme complementary to ongoing research themes aligned with the RCSI Research Strategy;

  • Participating in the administration and delivery of current teaching programmes, teaching modalities and assessment of undergraduate students;

  • Contributing to the development and introduction of new teaching programmes, teaching modalities and modes of assessment;

  • Securing funding so as to sustain a research group of postgraduate students and other research staff, with resultant publications in journals of high quality/impact;

  • Liaising with colleagues across RCSI international campuses in the facilitation of teaching and research activities;

  • Undergoing programmes of training and development as may be required;

  • Undertaking overseas assignments as may be required from time to time;

  • Performing such other related duties as may be required;

  • Representing the best interests of RCSI at all times.

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