Clinical lectureships

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.

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Quick links: Recruitment to clinical lectureships for 2021

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.

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.

NIHR Academy IAT research themes

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 2020-21 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 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 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 have changed 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.

Watch: Support for clinical lecturers at the University of Sheffield

Being able to combine clinical training with academic interests is not always easy - but in Sheffield it's been a great pleasure, and I would really recommend people who are aspiring to become clinical lecturers to apply for positions here in Sheffield.

Dr Peter Novodvorsky

Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes

Recruitment to clinical lectureships: 2021

Applications for a Clinical Lectureship in Cardiology are now open and close on 1st December 2021. See for full details.

If you are interested in the possibility of a clinical lectureship in Sheffield, you are invited to contact the appropriate department at the University or email one of our current clinical lecturers (higher up this page).

F1: Neurology or Cardiology

F2: Gastroenterology

F3: Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Haematology

CL1 Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus or Renal Medicine (NIHR theme Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology)

CL2 General Surgery/General Practice (NIHR theme Older People and Complex Health Needs)

Recruitment for 2021 CL posts will begin in March 2021 but academic leads welcome enquiries from prospective applicants. See ACF pages for contact details. Plain English summaries of NIHR CL themed posts will be available on the NIHR website.  

Recruitment to clinical lectureships will start in March 2021

Please see the University of Sheffield jobs site for current posts and how to apply.

Please note that applications for Academic Clinical Lecturer posts (including NIHR Clinical Lecturer posts) require candidates to hold a current National Training Number (NTN). If a number is not held the candidate would need to clinically benchmark to be able to take up the post. Clinical benchmarking can be achieved through application for specialty training within the national recruitment window where the minimal appointable score must be achieved. Trainees are responsible for ensuring that their clinical application is submitted within the appropriate recruitment round to ensure that they are benchmarked before the date that the post needs to commence. For further information please visit:

For more information about the research undertaken in each specialty, see details in the academic clinical fellowships section.

Where posts are offered in more than one specialty, interviews are held in all the specialties and the post offered to the most successful candidate overall.

Formula posts allow the clinical lecturer to develop a project following their own interests and the strengths of the department.

Competition posts follow a theme specified by NIHR, and the research project will be developed in line with that, while still allowing the CL to develop their own interests within the theme.

Recruitment for 2020 CL posts will begin in March 2020 but academic leads welcome enquiries from prospective applicants. See ACF pages for contact details. Plain English summaries of NIHR CL themed posts will be available on the NIHR website.

As well as the Sheffield clinical lecturer pump priming grant, we encourage CLs to apply for one of the Academy of Medical Sciences starter grants. These grants provide up to £30,000 over 1-2 years for consumables, to support clinical lecturers in developing and strengthening their research careers. Sheffield CLs have been very successful in gaining these grants.

Sheffield clinical lecturers have also reported that mentoring from The Academy of Medical Sciences' Mentoring Scheme has proved very helpful. The scheme is available for free for NIHR or locally-funded NIHR badged clinical lecturers.

Sheffield has recently recruited clinical lecturers in the following specialities:
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cardiology
  • Primary Medical Care
  • Neurology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Clinical Radiology

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