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Clinical Lectureships

What is a Clinical Lectureship?

A Clinical Lectureship offers academic and clinical training to those who have completed a higher degree and have documented satisfactory progress in specialist clinical training.

The academic component of the training period will include postdoctoral research and teaching career development with opportunities to develop an application for a postdoctoral training support (e.g. a Clinician Scientist Award or a project grant). The end of the clinical lectureship is marked by the completion of clinical training and the attainment of a Certificate of Completion of Training and by a period of further high quality postdoctoral training.

Clinical Lectureships available in 2018 and 2019 are available here.

What research is being carried out in Sheffield?

Details on current research can be found on departmental web pages. It is also worth reading the ACF pages for individual specialties, as these give more information on areas of clinical academic research. They also have contact information for the departmental academic leads who would be delighted to discuss your interests further.

Clinical Lecturer Pump Priming Fund

To enable new Clinical Lecturers to hit the ground running, we offer a competitive, reviewed pump priming scheme for CLs in their first year. Awards of up to £4000 are available to fund activities which will greatly increase the chances of successful follow-on funding, primarily for intermediate career development awards, and specifically from sources which will increase the likelihood of securing a tenured Senior CL post longer-term.

Who can apply for a Clinical Lectureship?

Individuals who have obtained a higher degree (PhD or MD) and achieved ST2 competencies.

How do I apply for a Clinical Lectureship?

Details of the available Clinical Lectureships for 2018-19 recruitment will be listed on the NIHR website. Sheffield posts can be found on the University's job site. Recruitment commences each year on 1st March and continues throughout the year.

Most of our posts are funded by NIHR but the University also funds an increasing number of locally funded posts with the same terms & conditions.

Want to know more? Our current Clinical Lecturers will be happy to discuss lectureships in Sheffield and their experiences. Contact:

Dr Peter Novodvorsky holds a locally funded Clinical Lectureship in Diabetes and started his post in 2017.

Dr James Alix was an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Neurophysiology and is now a Senior Clinical Lecturer in SiTRAN.

Dr Sally Thomas has been an NIHR CL in Haematology since 2016.

Dr Habiba Kapaya has held an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in Obstetrics & Gynaecology since 2014.

Dr Tom Darton started his NIHR Clinical Lectureship in Infectious Diseases in 2015 and is now a Florey Advanced Fellow.

Dr Charlotte Elder has held an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in Paediatrics since 2015 and is now a consultant and Senior Clinical Lecturer. 

Dr Elizabeth Walton has held an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in General Practice since 2016.

What next after a Clinical Lectureship?

A Clinical Lectureship runs for four years or until CCT, although individuals may obtain alternative funding (e.g. a Clinician Scientist scheme) prior to this. NIHR rules are changing in 2019 to allow extensions of posts for a period beyond CCT, which will allow more flexibility in fitting academic work into clinical training.

At the end of a successful Clinical Lectureship an individual may apply for a Senior Clinical Lectureship or an externally funded Fellowship from a body such as the MRC or The Wellcome Trust.

A day in the life of a Clinical Lecturer - Dr Clare Wood-Allum, Clinical Lecturer in Neurology

Current Clinical Lecturers are working in:

  • Cardiovascular Research Unit
  • Neuroscience, SITraN
  • Endocrinology
  • Reproductive & Developmental Medicine
  • Emergency Care
  • General surgery, with research in Surgical Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • General Practice
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Dental Public Health
  • Urology

Sheffield has recently recruited Clinical Lectureships in the following specialties:

  • General Surgery
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Primary Medical Care
  • Clinical Radiology