Group Leader position in Advanced Radiation Oncology

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Group Leader position in Advanced Radiation Oncology

The Medical Sciences Division is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching. We are the largest academic division in the University of Oxford
World-leading programmes, housed in state-of-the-art facilities, cover the full range of scientific endeavour from the molecule to the population. With our NHS partners we also foster the highest possible standards in patient care.
Job description
Overview of the role
This post is for a full-time Research Radiation or Clinical Oncologist at the CRUK/MRC Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology (University of Oxford) and the Department of Oncology, University of Oxford. The holder of this post will be or become an outstanding academic leader and will establish in Oxford an independent, innovative research programme concerning the application of advanced technology in radiation oncology. Research support will include a 5-year, potentially renewable, start-up package, including appropriate salary, office space and equipment, funding for personnel (research physicists, nurses, data managers, fellows, graduate students and technical support) and consumables. A Professorial title in the University may be sought for suitably qualified applicants. This post represents a rare opportunity to develop a new research group in advanced techniques in radiation therapy in an environment where there is a thriving critical mass of scientists and clinical scientists already engaged in research in this area.
The post holder will be expected to develop research in the development and implementation of new approaches to technical radiotherapy. The disease site(s) should align with the clinical priorities of the Gray and the post holder will be expected to develop their own specific focus of clinical practice. In addition it is expected that the post holder will provide leadership in technical radiotherapy development working in collaboration with other academic and NHS clinical oncologists, academic and NHS physicists and therapeutic radiographers.
Responsibilities/duties

  • The post holder will lead and undertake cutting-edge physics and imaging research in the area of Image Guided Radiation Therapy and high precision radiation therapy methods such as IMRT, in collaboration with senior clinical research staff from the OCIC, the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology and the NHS Department of Clinical Oncology;
  • To make a major contribution to clinical trial protocol development and implementation, in collaboration with clinical and radiation therapy research staff;
  • To provide advice and support for research studies, development projects, and clinical trials;
  • To take a lead role in disseminating research results in international journals and/or at (inter)national scientific conferences;
  • To lead grant applications in the area of IGRT and high precision Radiotherapy;
  • Must have an aptitude for leadership including the provision of technical advice and intellectual support to junior scientists, students and visiting workers;
  • Work with Trust staff and colleagues to develop the service, particularly in areas relevant to research and the clinical trial portfolio;
  • Work with the Head of Radiotherapy Physics and the Department of Oncology to advise on the specification and selection of relevant radiotherapy equipment;
  • Participate in the training and supervision of post-doctoral trainees, graduate students and junior scientists working in radiotherapy physics;
  • Where applicable, maintain state registration and an agreed programme of CPD.

General responsibilities

  • To act at all times in the interests of the Institute to ensure good laboratory and clinical practice;
  • To be accountable for their own professional conduct within the Institute;
  • Ensure that work is conducted safely and, in particular, persons undertaking the work do so using appropriate safety procedures and in the dedicated areas;
  • Undertake duties as may be required from time to time that are commensurate with the grade and responsibilities of the post;
  • To conduct him or herself with due regard to the University Equal Opportunities and Data Protection policies.

Selection criteria
Essential

  • Clinical or Radiation Oncologist with FRCR, Certificate of Completion of Training and GMC registration (or international equivalent);
  • Expertise and research interest in technical aspects of radiotherapy (IMRT courses completed);
  • Clinical interest in one of the clinical focus areas of the Gray Institute (lung, gastrointestinal, urological cancers) with ability to take decisions at Consultant level;
  • Excellent leadership, organisational, communication, professional and personal skills sufficient to undertake effectively the role of consultant in Clinical Oncology in a large teaching hospital;
  • Evidence of ability to initiate and deliver self selected projects;
  • Experience of teaching undergraduates and trainees;
  • Publication record in peer reviewed international journals.

Desirable

  • Higher medical degree;
  • Specific expertise in advanced radiotherapy techniques such as IMRT, IGRT, SBRT;
  • Experience of advanced radiotherapy techniques in international centres;
  • Track record of successful grant applications.

Deadline: 2 April 2012

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