Diagnostic radiography academics are qualified and experienced clinicians who teach undergraduate and postgraduate radiography students. They also carry out multi-disciplinary research in a university.
The role of assistant professor is mainly used in the USA, however, the term is becoming more popular in the UK and is roughly equivalent to a senior lectureship or associate professor.
What does an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiography do?
- Undertakes multi-disciplinary, individual and/or collaborative research projects
- Plan and deliver teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate diagnostic radiography students
- Module design and assessment of students
- Small group teaching and supervision of doctoral students
- Works closely with professors and heads of department to further the research and teaching activities of the department
What qualifications and experience do you need?
A PhD is not always necessary for clinical lectureships in diagnostic radiography, although it would be highly desirable. Universities will be looking to hire candidates with extensive experience working as diagnostic radiographers in a healthcare/hospital environment. Registration as a diagnostic radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) would be essential for this role.
Evidence of research expertise in a relevant discipline, with a record of recent publications, would also be essential.
A recognised teaching qualification plus significant teaching experience would be desirable.
What’s the pay?
Salaries for assistant professorships start in the range of £43,434 to £50,296, depending on qualifications and clinical/teaching experience.
What can it lead to?
On gaining experience as an assistant professor, the next step on the academic career path would be associate professor or professor. Promotion would depend on the quality of your teaching practice and research output and publication.
Where can I find jobs?
Most assistant professorships are advertised as full-time and permanent. You will find jobs in university faculties of health sciences, nursing and medicine.