Clinical Lecturer in Plastic Surgery

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 12, 2021


Clinical Lecturer in Plastic Surgery

Job Purpose

This is a fixed term (up to 4 years or up until six months after obtaining CCT) Clinical Lectureship in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing with affiliation to the Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology. Suitable applicants will hold MRCS (UK)/or equivalent and will have completed general professional training in Medicine. The successful candidate will be appointed at the appropriate level of Specialty Registrar and will enter the Scottish Plastic Surgery Training Programme.

Applicants must already have a national training number at the time of taking up the post. It is expected that applicants will already hold a higher research degree (MD / PhD), but in exceptional circumstances talented candidates may be appointed without this qualification, although progression would be dependent upon them successfully recruiting external funding for a higher research degree.

The post will be based within the Institute of Molecular Cell & Systems Biology in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) of the University of Glasgow, but for the purposes of clinical training, rotation to local hospital departments may be required. Research may also be undertaken on other sites. Whilst clinical training will be a major focus of the Lectureship in order to ensure the appointee can successfully complete their certificate of completion of training (CCT) this post will provide an exceptional opportunity for combined clinical and academic training.

The post allows the trainee to combine first class clinical training in relevant clinical areas with research training in the world class academic environment of the University of Glasgow.

Training will be offered in Hand, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and subspecialist training opportunities are available within the region including complex microsurgical reconstruction of congenital, traumatic & oncological defects, including clinical and academic involvement within the Scottish National Brachial Plexus Injury Service, and the National Hand Transplant Service.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


The appointee will have an established interest in research with a record of achievement in an area relevant to existing interests in the School/Institute within the College of MVLS, developing cross-cutting work between the Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment. The appointee will be expected to:

- Develop a programme of research under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Hart, Prof. Ian McInnes, Prof. Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez & Prof. Matt Dalby, in a subject area in basic, translational or clinical science related to the management of limb loss and allotransplantation (composite tissues / tissue engineered constructs).

- Plan, design and implement projects with collaborators as appropriate; and to contribute to and submit grant applications and publications in high quality journals.

- Contribute to the safe and efficient functioning of research facilities.

There are extensive laboratory and clinical facilities for research within the Institute of Molecular Cell & Systems Biology, College of MVLS, and related Schools and Institutes within the University of Glasgow.


It is expected that the Lecturer will take part in the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities. These will include;

- Teaching of clinical skills and other vocational training activities, including seminars and tutorials.

- Lecturers may also contribute to postgraduate taught courses within the Institute of Molecular Cell & Systems Biology, College of MVLS.

- The successful candidate will contribute to the ongoing teaching commitment within the CeMi, including the tissue & cell engineering option (BIOL4124)

- Teaching of medical students on SSM's and elective attachments within the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit

- Plastic Surgery teaching day for the undergraduate medical students

As a part time research post in a craft specialty for which the acquisition of manual skills is critical, it is envisaged that the postholder will have a very limited teaching requirement.

Administrative Duties

The Lecturer will contribute to administrative duties related to research and teaching as directed by their supervisor

Clinical Duties

Clinical duties will be arranged following discussion with the relevant Training Programme Director in Plastic Surgery. The purpose of a Clinical Lectureship is to ensure that candidates acquire a CCT, and appropriate clinical training opportunities will be arranged to ensure that this can occur within the duration of the Lectureship. This may involve candidates in clinical duties in various locations within Glasgow.

Clinical academic training will be the focus of the post with a 80:20 split between clinical and academic activity.

Academic support will be available during all annual research and training assessments to ensure that there is adequate balance between academic and clinical training.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


Essential: A1. MBChB or equivalent and full registration with General Medical Council. (for non UK candidates, GMC registration would be required before taking up the post).

A2. MRCS (UK) or equivalent. A3. Completed general professional training in surgery in general, and early years specialty training in Plastic Surgery.

A4. Applicants must already have a national training number at the time of taking up the post.

Desirable: B1. BMedSci, BSc or equivalent intercalated degree in medicine or related subject.

B2. MD or PhD awarded or submitted.


Essential: C1. Clinical experience in plastic surgery following completion of FY2, with sufficient competency to provide safe on-call cover within a Regional Plastic Surgery and Burns Service. C2. Clinical or relevant laboratory research experience, with immunology / allotransplantation focus.

Desirable: D1. Experience and aptitude for academic plastic surgery

D2. An interest in a sub-speciality related to the research interests represented in the Institute, as described above, including composite tissue allotransplantation.

D3.Previous evidence of oral and poster presentations D4. Evidence of publication or experience in writing D5. An interest in teaching and learning in medicine

Special Aptitudes and Ability


E1. Self-motivation and the ability to work independently.

E2. Good organisational and IT skills.

E3. Ability to manage research projects.

E4. Ability to work towards the Institute, College and University objectives

E5. Excellent communication skills (patients, clinical trial co-ordinators, research staff, line manager


F1. Evidence of distinction in career to date e.g. prizes, awards, bursaries.

Interpersonal Skills


G1. Strong interpersonal skills, ability to get on well with colleagues but also strong ambitions in the field.


H1. Approachable manner.

H2. Capacity for originality and innovation.

Special Factors


J1. Teamwork and interactive skills.

Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria . If you do not address each criteria in the format explained above you will not be shortlisted for interview.

Standard Terms and Conditions Salary will be on the Clinical Academic scale £35,351 - £61,211 per annum.

The post will carry an additional entitlement depending on on-call responsibilities. This banding payment is paid under a separate arrangement with the NHS for which the University acts as paymaster only.

This position is full time and fixed term for up to 4 years.

Members of staff are normally eligible to contribute to the Universities' Superannuation Scheme USS and on appointment shall be deemed to be in membership of the scheme and contributions deducted accordingly, unless the University is advised in writing prior to the commencement of employment of a wish not to join. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. It may be possible, if the relevant NHS Superannuation Scheme Criteria are met, for appointees to remain in the NHS Superannuation Scheme while in this post.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme The post for which you are applying is considered registered work in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act. It requires the successful applicant to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups PVG Scheme member prior to appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act. If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to PVG Scheme membership. Please note it is a criminal offence to apply for a child care position if you are on the Disqualified From Working with Children List.

For informal enquiries, please contact: Professor Matthew Walters, or Professor Andrew Hart,

Closing Date: 12 October 2021

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Vacancy Ref : 066114 Close Date : 12-Oct-2021 23:45