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Director of Research (Clinical) - Genetics of Rare Neurological Disorders (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the role of Director of Research (Clinical) - Genetics of Rare Neurological Disorders in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

The Department has major strengths in the genomics of rare inherited neurological diseases. Research programmes affiliated to the East of England Genomics Medicine Centre, the 100000 Genomes project, and the NIHR Translational BioResource are driving new disease gene discovery, which is improving diagnosis rates. This presents new challenges linked to understanding the disease mechanisms, and the development of new treatments.

The post-holder will provide academic leadership in translational neurogenetics with programmes of clinical and laboratory research focused on understanding how new disease genes cause neurological disorders. It is expected that the post holder will run a clinical/translational research programme within Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust at Honorary Consultant level.

Candidates must be internationally recognised leaders in neurogenetics. They should have experience of leading large, complex research programmes and delivering them on time, to budget and to an excellent standard of scholarship. With an established bibliography of high quality research publications, they will have demonstrable expertise and experience in laboratory and clinical research, and have a licence to practice medicine in the UK at consultant level in a relevant clinical speciality.

The post holder will be based in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 OAH (approximately 2 miles south of city centre).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

This appointment requires an Honorary Clinical Contract.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, CV, and list of publications in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact professor Patrick Chinnery by e-mail (

Closing date for applications is Monday 23 April 2018.

Please quote reference ZE14960 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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