Main duties & responsibilities

We are looking to appoint both established leaders in the field of cancer research and those with the ambition and vision to establish themselves as cancer research leaders over the coming years.

We are looking to recruit 5 or more individuals and can accommodate a wide range of interests due to our large patient population. If your expertise is in one of the following areas, then we are particularly interested in speaking to you:

  • Neuro-oncology – either a medical, clinical or surgical oncologist
  • Surgical oncology – either a thoracic, gastrointestinal or genitourinary (inc.urological) surgeon
  • Academic oncology – with expertise in either medical or clinical oncology for common cancers
  • GP with special interest in oncology – particularly around lung, urology, GI tract
  • Epidemiology with a cancer focus
  • Cancer research trialist – such as a statistician or other expert in design and conduct of early or late phase clinical trials

We are keen to receive applications from preprofessorial candidates on a steep upward trajectory who would benefit from the support, infrastructure and patient population we can offer in Sheffield.


You will have the vision and ambition to:

  • Lead a major research group, managing people and resources to deliver an ambitious research vision (as appropriate for the discipline).
  • Develop and lead research activities/programmes of outstanding quality in your disciplinary area.
  • Maintain a sustained track record of income generation to support your work.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the university’s cancer research strategy – by working with basic, translational and/or clinician scientists across the university to build successful programmes.
  • Publish high-quality, innovative, distinctive and significant outputs which are considered to be world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • Regularly contribute to other research-related activities such as conference papers and speaking at conferences.
  • Lead the development of strategies, policies and procedures which have a positive and quantifiable impact on equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide outstanding supervision to research students.
  • Participate actively in the development of the cancer research strategy in the university and the wider cancer research community across the university.
  • Contribute to institution-wide, transinstitutional, national and international research collaborations in oncology research.
  • Take steps to protect intellectual property with colleagues in the Commercialisation & IP team.
  • Promote the highest professional standards so that the reputation of the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is enhanced.
Leadership and management

We aspire to help you become a leader in your field. We will help you develop your career as a leader and help you manage the multiple activities that benefit your group, the wider School and the university. Examples include:

  • External partnership activities/collaborations.
  • Developing institutional policies and practice.
  • Leading activities contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the university.
  • Using position and influence in order to ensure that others engage positively with the university’s cancer research strategy.
  • Leading, developing and motivating colleagues using mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Proactively supporting equality, diversity and inclusion activities.
Teaching & training

As an academic member of staff you will engage in teaching and training the next generation of researchers and healthcare professionals. Your balance of research and teaching will be negotiated each year with the Head of Division as part of the annual Staff Review process, but we expect these roles to have a strong focus on research.