If you’re an experienced cancer biologist in higher education, you might be considering your next career move. This job profile breaks down academic jobs in cancer biology from senior lecturer, researcher to clinician.
This profile gives an overview of a lecturer in cancer biology jobs, what it’s like to work in the sector and where to find related jobs at jobs.ac.uk.
What does a Cancer Biologist do?
They study the biological processes underlying cancer initiation and progression. They carry out vital translational research focused on the cellular, molecular, protein and genetic/genomic interactions in normal and cancerous cells to develop life-saving treatments.
Cancer research involves specialists from a wide range of academic and clinical backgrounds. Scientists and clinicians in this field are employed by universities, the health and medical sector, charities and research foundations and the private sector (such as biotech or pharmaceutical companies).
Senior Lecturer jobs in Cancer Biology
Senior lecturers in this field are experienced academics who lead teaching and research activities in a university. They conduct and publish research deliver scientific and medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Leading individual and collaborative research in specific areas of cancer biology.
- Delivery of lectures, tutorials and practical classes across biological sciences related to cancer.
- Shaping the curriculum and managing a team of lecturers, tutors and research staff.
- Publication of research outcomes and application for further funding.
- Collaborating with external stakeholders and partners in research.
- Presenting research at conferences and events worldwide.
- Providing support and mentorship to doctoral students, postdocs and fellows.
How to Become a Senior Lecturer in Cancer Biology
This is a senior-level academic role which demands a wide range of qualifications, experience and knowledge in cancer research and education. Candidates would be required to meet the following essential criteria:
- A PhD in cancer biology, cancer research or a related area.
- A recognised teaching qualification and Advance HE fellowship would also be essential for this level of academic role.
Experience, knowledge and skills
Many years of experience in higher education teaching and research would be essential for this role. Senior lecturers are at the stage in their academic career where they would already have an established record of internationally-recognised and peer-reviewed research outputs, a global network of academic and non-academic contacts and the capability to attract significant future funding.
You would need to demonstrate a track record in delivering high-quality teaching, mentoring and supervision at all levels, as well as evidence of how you would develop innovative and engaging curricula and resources.
Cancer biology spans bio/life sciences and health and medical disciplines, so you would need to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experience across a wide range of settings and areas.
What’s the pay?
A senior lecturer can expect a salary in the range of £43,560 to £52,897 p.a., depending on research success and the ability to lead cancer biology education and training.
What can it lead to?
After several years in post, you could apply for a professorship. Promotion to professor would depend on the visibility and impact of your research and your ability to secure significant funding.
Where can I find Senior Lecturer in Cancer Biology jobs?
In the UK, cancer biology is usually integrated into biosciences undergraduate programmes and taught as a standalone programme at the postgraduate level. Therefore, it is worth starting your job search at institutions which offer this type of programme.
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