Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead (Cancer, Surgery and Oral & Dental Health)

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7058628 (Ref.No. MHNCC1181)
Posted: July 22, 2019

Job Description

Do you have the skills, experience and passion to take on a national leadership role to shape the future of cancer, surgery and oral & dental health research across the UK? Would you like to be part of the senior management team of the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network, one of the key components of the most integrated health research system in the world? Do you have the ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders to influence and foster collaborations at the highest level in order to promote the development and delivery of research which directly benefits patients and the public?

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) is part of a world class infrastructure that supports health and social care research across the nation. The University of Leeds is one of five Alliance Partners of the NIHR CRN and hosts both the national Coordinating Centre (CC) and the Specialty Cluster Office responsible for Cancer, Surgery and Oral & Dental health research, one of six Specialty Clusters which fall under the CRN CC’s Medical Directorate. 

The Specialty Cluster Office provides a coordinating function for three clinical specialties led by six National Specialty Leads for Cancer and one each for Surgery and Oral & Dental Health. The National Specialty Leads, who are based across England, bring together research leaders and their communities of clinical practice with wider stakeholders. The Specialty Cluster Office also leads the CRN in Medical Informatics and Data Linkage and other cross-cutting areas of emerging technology and innovation including research dissemination and implementation.

The NIHR CRN Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead, alongside and responsible to the Specialty Cluster Lead, provides senior leadership and is accountable for the delivery of initiatives and activities for the Cluster’s Specialties and cross-cutting areas of emerging technologies and innovation. 

You will be responsible for dealing proactively and positively with people at all levels within research funding bodies, the Association of Medical Research Charities, the life sciences industry (including pharma, biotech, med tech and diagnostics), the medical royal colleges, offices of the UK devolved administrations, clinical trials units, patient groups, relevant sectors of the public and other NIHR infrastructures. You will also work closely with National and Local Clinical Specialty Leads and in particular colleagues in the Medical, Research Delivery and Business Development & Marketing Directorates as well as the wider CRN CC functions.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Matt Seymour (Specialty Cluster Lead) 

Telephone: 07786 250618, email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. We will be happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our employees.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  NIHR CRNCC
Section:  NIHR CRN CC University of Leeds Campus
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 9
Salary:  £50,132 to £58,089 p.a.
Working Time:  100% FTE
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 March 2022)
Release Date:  Friday 19 July 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 18 August 2019
Reference:  MHNCC1181


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