Scientific Director, The CRUK ICR–Imperial Convergence Science Centre

Ref: 4114

Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Imperial College London

London, UK

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Role Managed by:

Caitlin Tickell

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 31/05/2019

Formal Interview Date: To be confirmed

Scientific Director, The CRUK ICR–Imperial Convergence Science Centre, London, UK

The Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Convergence Science Centre, established in 2018, is a strategic partnership between the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Imperial College London. It has a mission to bring together the biological, clinical, engineering and physical sciences to develop new technologies and methodologies to tackle the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is supported through a £13m award from CRUK, which provides the funding to create step changes in cancer research to address unmet medical needs in all cancers, particularly those that are hard to treat. The formation of the Convergence Science Centre provides a unique opportunity to bring together two of the UK’s leading academic research organisations to create a closely integrated and sustainable partnership. With a remit to work across the entirety of both the ICR and Imperial, the Centre will foster new opportunities for collaboration between researchers at the two institutions and to support the clinical translation of novel cancer technologies and therapeutics.

Over the first grant period, the aim is to build a collaborative network, to establish key translational infrastructure, to accelerate clinical implementation of new approaches, and to oversee seed funding projects and training programmes.

Our vision is to build a long-lasting centre that delivers major benefits to people with cancer using a multidisciplinary, convergence science approach to research.


The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and dynamic individual, with an outstanding international reputation and extensive research experience, to become the first Scientific Director of the ICR-Imperial Convergence Science Centre and to play a key role in its development.

This role is crucial to drive the Convergence Science Centre’s aim to become the beacon in the CRUK Centre network for uniting strengths in engineering, physics, chemistry, data science and basic, translation, and clinical cancer research to improve the lives of people with cancer.

You will be a world-class independent researcher, taking forward your own programme of work with direct relevance to convergence cancer science. You will be expected to attract substantial research grant income and have a demonstrable track record of high-impact research outputs.

You will create a world-leading centre of excellence, unique in the UK focusing on convergence science. You will build joint research infrastructure across the two institutions and their partner hospitals to accelerate the translational development of new tools and technologies towards the clinic. The Centre will also provide national leadership, operating as a national hub for the translation of new technologies to the clinic. Training the next generation of convergence scientists and providing them with the skills and confidence to excel in their careers is a key mission for the Centre. You will build networks with other national and international convergence science centres to share best practice and to create a sustainable research network.

A substantial start-up package will be provided for your personal research. It is anticipated that you will have a track record of academic outputs commensurate with a tenured academic position at Professorial level.

Closing date 31 May 2019