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  1. 1. CHAIR IN GASTROENTEROLGY Job Ref: A-573598Department: Institute of Translational Medicine Division: GastroenterologySalary: Negotiable Location: University CampusHours of work: Full Time Grade: ProfessorialTenure: Permanent Closing Date: 25 November 2010 Interview Date: To be confirmed _____________________________________________________Informal enquiries to Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Professor Ian Greer on 0151 795 0422, or the Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Professor Mark Pritchard on 0151 794 5772; email: Application Procedure Applications should comprise: *A completed applicant information form * A copy of your full curriculum vitae *A statement indicating the reasons for applying for this post and how your training and experience is relevant. If you have any particular requirements should you be invited to interview, please make this clear in your application.Submitting ApplicationsApplications may be submitted by e-mail to or by post or in person to: The Director of HumanResources (Recruitment), The University of Liverpool, Hart Building, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQROYAL MAIL – Postal Pricing System. Please ensure that postal applications carry the correct postage according to the weight andmeasurement of the item, as items with insufficient postage will be held and delayed by the Royal Mail. Details of their pricingsystem are available online at or from a Post Office branch.Asylum & Immigration Job Ref: A-573598 Page 1 of 10
  2. 2. The University will comply with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, which requires allemployees to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in this country prior to commencingemployment. Please be aware that you will be required to bring your passport (and visa if applicable) tointerview so that it can be copied and verified by a member of the Selection Panel. For posts requiring arecognised degree level or equivalent qualification, and where there is no suitable UK or EuropeanEconomic Area candidate, the University will take the necessary steps to secure UK Border Agencypermission for a foreign national to take up employment.Should a candidate require a Certificate of Sponsorship in order to take up a post they will need to meet theUK Border Agency Tier 2 Points Based Criteria. A self assessment tool can be found on the UK BorderAgency website at: candidate may also be required to undertake an English Language test prior to commencing work at theUniversity. Details of Home Office approved tests can be found information on the eligibility criteria for Certificates of Sponsorship can be found and EqualityThe University of Liverpool is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity. All employees andapplicants for jobs will be considered on their abilities and will not be discriminated against on thegrounds of age, caring responsibilities, colour, disability, employment status, gender, gender identity,marital status, nationality, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socio-economicstatus or any other irrelevant distinction. Training is available to support career progression within theUniversity.Two Ticks Disability : Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)The University of Liverpool is committed to the employment of disabled people, and as part of ourcommitment, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for a postand consider them on their abilities. If your disability prevents you completing the application form by thespecified closing date, or when the vacancy closes early, due to a high volume of applications, pleasecall the Recruitment Team to discuss alternative arrangements.To apply for a post under the disability GIS, you must disclose your disability (as defined by the DisabilityDiscrimination Act, 2005), and mark X in the yes box on the Equal Opportunities Employment Form.This form must be returned with your application form. Full details of the scheme are available you require copies of documentation in alternative formats, for example, large print or Braille, pleasecontact or telephone 0151 794 6771.If you have any other requirements which will help you access the application or interview process oremployment opportunities at the University of Liverpool, please let us know by contacting telephone 0151 794 6771.SmokingThe University has adopted a Code of Practice on Smoking, copies of which are available from theHuman Resources Department website Job Ref: A-573598 Page 2 of 10
  3. 3. 1. Appointment The Chair (Clinical or Non-clinical) will be held in the Department of Gastroenterology within the Institute of Translational Medicine. You will be expected to carry out the normal duties of a University Professor in research, teaching and administration. Clinically qualified individuals will perform clinical sessions at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust where an honorary clinical contract will be held. You will have appropriate clinical qualifications and be eligible for permanent registration with the General Medical Council and to hold an honorary consultant contract. You will participate in undergraduate teaching on MBChB and/or BSc courses according to their background and will be expected to carry out independent research in areas related to the current strengths in Gastroenterology and Translational Medicine. You will have a track record of excellence in research that focuses on the gastrointestinal tract or pancreas in health or disease. Applicants whose research interests complement the existing areas of strength in the Department (which include infectious, inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract) are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should note that appointment at a lower level may be considered for appropriate candidates.2. The Department of Gastroenterology Following the recent restructuring of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, the Department of Gastroenterology has become one of the 6 departments within the Institute of Translational Medicine. Professor Mark Pritchard is the Head of Department. The Institute of Translational Medicine is headed by Prof Kevin Park and also includes the Departments of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Womens and Childrens Health and Biostatistics. During the recent faculty restructuring, the Department of Gastroenterology has expanded to include researchers with interests in clinical aspects of human and veterinary gastroenterology as well as basic science researchers in this field. The Department occupies laboratory and office accommodation in the Henry Wellcome Laboratories, which are on university Campus, adjacent the departments of pharmacology and physiology and close to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital complex. The gastroenterology laboratories (640 m2) have been recently refurbished and are well equipped with confocal/multiphoton microscopy, FACS analysis with cell sorting, a category III laboratory and all standard molecular and cellular biological techniques. There is easy access to DNA array, polymorphic variation and proteomic analysis and electron microscopy. The university has an animal facility and a transgenesis service. Other members of the Department of Gastroenterology work at the Leahurst and Aintree sites, but this Chair will be based on main university campus. Further information about the Institute of translational Medicine can be found at: and the Department of Gastroenterology at The department has 10 academic members as outlined below. In addition there is a full time secretary and technician with several postdoctoral fellows, clinical research fellows, PhD and MRes students. The department has current funding including personal fellowships and grants from Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and CR-UK as well as two projects within the NIHR/BRC for microbial diseases. In addition there are clinical lecturer and academic clinical fellow posts associated with the department and Prof Mark Pritchard is also the faculty academic lead for Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT). Job Ref: A-573598 Page 3 of 10
  4. 4. Academic Staff (Department of Gastroenterology) Professor Mark Pritchard, Clinical Professor and Head of Department; research interests apoptosis, NF-κB and neuroendocrine tumours. Professor Chris Proudman, Professor of Equine Studies and Deputy Head of Department; research interests in equine gastroenterology and colic. Professor Jon Rhodes, Clinical Professor and President of British Society of Gastroenterology; research interests bacterial mucosal interactions and glycobiology in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. Professor Soraya Shirazi-Beechey, Non-clinical Professor; research interests in nutrition and glucose transport. Dr Barry Campbell, Reader; research interests glycobiology and bacterial/mucosal interactions. Dr Keith Bodger, clinical senior lecturer at University Hospital Aintree; research interest health services research. Dr Melita Gordon, clinical senior lecturer; research interests non-typhoidal salmonella and tropical gastroenterology. Dr Lugang Yu, senior lecturer; research interests nuclear transport, glycobiology and colorectal cancer. Dr John Jenkins, non-clinical lecturer; research interest biomarkers of colon cancer. Dr PJ Noble, lecturer in small animal medicine; research interests small animal gastroenterology and gastric epithelial cell signalling. Dr Paul Collins, clinical lecturer; research interest glycobiology and colorectal cancer. Support staff Mrs Sue Courtney, departmental secretary Mr David Berry, chief technician3. The University Centrally located within the City, the University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research- led institutions. Working with 400 Industry partners, the University is renowned for its research, teaching and Widening Participation initiatives. The University is the UK’s original ‘Red Brick’ institution and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities offering a full range of academic studies in Science and Engineering, Health and Life Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. In the course of its history the University has been associated with no less than eight Nobel Laureates. Liverpool now has over 23,000 registered students and an annual income of almost £180 million, which included £59 million for research. Liverpool University Medical School, always popular amongst undergraduates, has a tradition of innovation. The curriculum has been revamped to accord to the GMC recommendations for a fully integrated course. An important feature of the new course is problem-based learning (PBL), Job Ref: A-573598 Page 4 of 10
  5. 5. in which all academic staff contribute. There are assessments at critical stages during the course, based around objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Liverpool Medical School achieved a 24/24 rating in the 1999 TQA assessment. The University of Liverpool is a designated Cancer Research UK research centre and hosts the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has a worldwide reputation and a current research portfolio in excess of £145 million. There is considerable local expertise in DNA sequencing, proteomics and clinical trial design/analysis (including hosting the Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit and the Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicines Centre). In partnership with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the University hosts a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre in Microbial Diseases, which undertakes translational research for the benefit of patients and the public. Gastroenterology research is a key aspect of the work of the BRC (principally the mechanisms by which bacteria cause chronic conditions, and means to detect and manage these). In partnership with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital the University also hosts a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit in Pancreatic Digestive Diseases (Head Prof R Sutton) and Gastroenterology is also a key collaborator in this venture. These organisations represent fantastic opportunities for future translational research.4. The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals (RLBUH) Trust forms one of the largest single NHS provider trust in the country, with an annual budget in excess of £350 million. The RLBUH is the major teaching hospital associated with the University of Liverpool. There are over 1000 beds covering the major specialties except neurology, neurosurgery, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology, cardiothoracic surgery and plastic surgery, which are situated in Regional Units in nearby hospitals. There are plans for a new hospital on site currently under development and this is due to open in 2016. The Trust has embarked upon an ambitious programme of major strategic change incorporating a £400m Capital development for a new build hospital and facilities. This plan incorporates a dedicated and newly designed endoscopy suite. The Directorate of Gastroenterology at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital is a busy Department containing 54 in-patient bed-base within the hospital, and 18 outpatient clinics (Clinical Director Dr Keith Leiper). The endoscopy unit performs over 14,000 GI endoscopic procedures per annum (4 endoscopy theatres + screening/ERCP facilities in radiology) and hosts one of only three National Training Centres for Endoscopy Currently, 14 consultants (including 2 professors and 3 honorary professors) see a wide variety of Digestive Disease problems. All of the consultants have a specialist interest and expertise in the sub-specialties of Gastroenterology. There are interests in Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Advanced Endoscopy, Neuroendocrine tumours and GI Cancers. The department has a major interest in clinical trials particularly in luminal gastroenterology. There are 3 research nurses in gastroenterology and hepatology. Two consultants (Profs Tony Morris and Jon Rhodes) have recently been Presidents of the British Society of Gastroenterology while another (Prof Sir Ian Gilmore) is President-elect of the Society and also immediate Past President of the Royal College of Physicians of London. There are 10 specialist nurses (3 Nurse Consultants) integrated into the service delivery portfolio which relies heavily on working in teams. Extensive clinical collaborations also exist particularly with gastrointestinal surgery and interventional radiology. Further information can be found at Clinically qualified applicants will be given an honorary contract at RLBUH Trust. They will perform clinical sessions which will be decided in consultation with the Clinical Director based on their subspecialist skills and interests. Opportunities exist in inpatient care, outpatient clinics Job Ref: A-573598 Page 5 of 10
  6. 6. (general or specialised) and endoscopy. Commitments to acute general internal medicine are not required.3. The City The University of Liverpool is in the heart of a vibrant and friendly City. Following the European Capital of Culture year in 2008, the City is experiencing increased investment and development and is emerging as one of the UK’s leading centres for learning, research, culture, entertainment, sport and endeavour. A definite magnet for all sports fans, the City has two Premier League football teams and the famous Aintree racecourse. Away from the city centre stores, there are parks and gardens - many within the boundaries of the University - nature reserves, stately homes, sandy beaches and the beautiful countryside of North Wales, all within easy reach. Liverpool is an exciting place to live and work.5. Duties and Responsibilities  To carry out independent research in Gastroenterology.  To generate research income from research councils and other sources.  To provide leadership in Gastroenterology within the Institute of Translational Medicine.  To contribute to the overall development of research in the Institute of Translational Medicine.  To contribute to and enhance the teaching of Gastroenterology at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, within the Institute of Translational Medicine or within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.  To contribute to administration in the Department, Institute and in the Faculty.  For clinically qualified applicants, to deliver high quality clinical care within the Directorate of Gastroenterology at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. ________________________________6. The appointment is subject to retirement at the age of sixty-five and upon the basis of the Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University for the time being. The terms of appointment will be in accordance with the Education Reform Act, 1988.7. There is a legal requirement that all employees are in membership of a pension scheme. The Occupational Scheme associated with this appointment will normally be the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Under the provisions of this scheme a member of staff currently contributes at a rate of 6.35% of his or her gross salary and the University such sum as may be required to maintain the full benefit of the scheme. Full particulars of the schemes can be obtained, on request, from the Director of Human Resources. An acceptance of this appointment will be taken as an application to join USS and have the appropriate contributions deducted from salary unless the Director of Finance is expressly notified in writing either before commencing employment, within three months of that date or on expiry of three months notice, that the appointee intends to make his or her own pension arrangements.8. It may be possible for a newly appointed member of staff who has not been in USS to have his or her accrued benefits from his or her former superannuation scheme transferred to the Universities Superannuation Scheme. In such a case, USS will be asked to investigate a transfer payment and will provide, on actuarial advice, a proposal for a number of years credit in USS, which such payment would secure. The member of staff is at liberty either to accept this or elect to deal with his or her accrued benefits as determined by the rules of his or her former scheme. Job Ref: A-573598 Page 6 of 10
  7. 7. 9. Should the appointee decide to make his or her own personal pension arrangements, the University will contribute only the minimum employers contribution required by law. No other form of supplementation of pension benefits will be available from the University.10. (a) The University will normally provide financial assistance to newly appointed members of staff (excluding research staff funded from outside sources) who are required to relocate within a reasonable distance of the University. (b) Claims for relocation from any point in the British Isles In normal circumstances claims for reimbursement will not exceed; (i) The full costs of removing furniture and personal effects to the new area; costs of storage incidental to the move will normally be met for a period not exceeding two weeks. The member of staff must personally obtain three written quotations from independent removal companies, if appropriate, or alternatively are permitted to submit claims for carrying out their own removal. The member of staff may choose any of the three companies, however the University will only reimburse the cost of the lowest quotation. The member of staff must submit a receipted invoice. (ii) Any identified costs connected with the move up to a maximum of one month’s gross basic salary (as payable on commencing the appointment attracting eligibility to removal expenses) as specified in your letter of appointment or Statement of Terms and Conditions. Such other expenses may include legal fees, estate agents and surveyor’s fees, preliminary visits to the area to view prospective properties, stamp duty, fixtures and fittings etc. Storage costs for furniture and personal effects may be reimbursed beyond two weeks from within the one month’s gross basic salary claimable by the member of staff. (c) Claims for relocation from Abroad Claims for reimbursement will be considered individually on their merits by the Director of Human Resources but will as far as possible be in line with the procedure set out in (b) above. (d) In making a claim for removal expenses a member of staff must:- (i) have received and accepted a written offer of employment with the University. (ii) acknowledge that should the appointment not last for a period of three years, the University retains the right to reclaim all, or a proportion of the payment made. Up to 6 months 100% reclaim Over 6 months up to 12 months 80% reclaim Over 12 months up to 18 months 60% reclaim Over 18 months up to 24 months 40% reclaim The requirement to repay removal expenses will be waived where a member of staff leaves before three years have expired through any change instigated by the University over which the individual has no direct control. Any claims for relocation should normally be made within three years of taking up an appointment attracting eligibility for removal expenses.11. Heads of Department and Institute in the University are appointed by the Council, normally for a period of at least four years but with the possibility of re-appointment, from among the Professors, Readers and Senior Lecturers in the Department or Institute, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee consisting of the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors. Professor Kevin Park is currently the Head of the Institute of Translational Medicine. Job Ref: A-573598 Page 7 of 10
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  9. 9. EMPLOYEE SPECIFICATIONPost Title: Chair in Gastroenterology Salary: NegotiableDepartment: Institute of Translational Medicine Job Ref: A-573598 Attributes No. Essential Criteria Desirable Criteria (Identified from – Application form/CV/Supporting Statement/Interview/References) (Identified from – Application form/CV/Supporting Statement/Interview/References) 1. EXPERIENCE 1.1 Established record of independent research Experience in undergraduate/postgraduate 1.2 Experience in directing research teams and collaborating with teaching national and international colleagues For clinically qualified applicants: Clinical experience at consultant or equivalent level 2. EDUCATION 2.1 Postgraduate qualification and postdoctoral training in relevant area Experience of training in laboratories in more QUALIFICATIONS of gastroenterology than one institution. TRAINING 2.2 For clinically qualified applicants: Clinically trained to consultant level in Gastroenterology with MRCP or equivalent, CCT or equivalent, and on, or eligible for, admission to GMC Specialist Register 3. SKILLS, GENERAL 3.1 Evidence of publications in high impact journals. An interest in any area of gastroenterology AND SPECIAL 3.2 Evidence of ability to obtain grant funding research relevant to translational medicine. KNOWLEDGE 3.3 Good communication skills 4. PERSONAL 4.1 Evidence of scientific leadership at a local, national and ATTRIBUTES AND international level CIRCUMSTANCES 4.2 Ability to collaborate with other research groups while pursuing independent research interests Job Ref: A-573598 Page 9 of 10
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