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Director of the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI)

The School of Clinical Medicine invites applications for the Director of the recently established Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI;

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the HLRI, which is situated in a new building next to Royal Papworth Hospital, and forms part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the centerpiece of the largest biotech cluster in Europe.

Candidates will have an international track record in research relevant to heart or lung disease, and show evidence of strategic leadership skills and the scientific vision necessary to lead the Institute. The Director will be expected to facilitate impact beyond their own immediate area of expertise, and to forge and foster effective partnerships for the institute within the University of Cambridge, nationally and internationally. The appointment will be held with a University Professorship.

Standard professorial responsibilities include teaching and research, examining, supervision, and administration. If the Director is medically qualified they will be eligible to hold an Honorary Consultant Contract to undertake clinical duties with Royal Papworth Hospital and/or Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Candidates will be considered for the post on the basis of selection criteria outlined below, which they are asked to address in their application.

Evidence of research excellence in an area relevant to cardiovascular or respiratory disease.

The ability to set the conditions, systems and culture for accelerating interdisciplinary scientific progress to achieve the vision and goals of the HLRI, including nurturing a collaborative ethos across the Institute's diverse constituent departments and groups.

The ability to provide strategic leadership that will further the academic planning, coordination and strategic development of research relevant to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases across the University and Royal Papworth Hospital, and, where appropriate, facilitate its development across the UK.

Ability to convene and coordinate efforts and allocate resources in an even-handed manner that will secure trust, goodwill, provide clarity, and promote collaboration across the partnership.

A demonstrated ability to promote and work in complex partnerships and to foster collaborative initiatives across disciplines and sectors (e.g. NHS, academia, industry, government).

A willingness and ability to support the range of research subtended by the HLRI, spanning clinical, computational and laboratory science, and experience of planning and supporting cross-disciplinary activity.

Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to manage and interact effectively with staff and students at all levels.

An enthusiastic commitment to the recruitment, training and mentoring of the next generation of researchers, including undergraduates, research students, postdoctoral research fellows and academic clinical trainees.

Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to present effectively to internal and external audiences on behalf of the Institute.

Sound judgement and a capacity to deal with complex inter-related issues that may require skilful handling to secure positive outcomes.

Strong commitment to research integrity and to fostering best practice in research conduct.

Strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the Institute's work.

The Director will be appointed to, or already hold, a Professorial appointment within the University.

Closing Date: Sunday 18 June 2023.

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Applications, consisting of a letter of application together with a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list should be made online no later than Sunday 18 June 2023.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic (; Professor Ken Smith, Head of Department of Medicine ( or Professor John Danesh, Head of Department of Public Health and Primary Care (

Please quote reference RA36786 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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