Professor and Director of John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre
Clifton Campus

Job reference: 008148

Location: Clifton Campus

Closing date: 22/02/2021

Salary : Competitive

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Academic Schools

School/Section : School of Science & Technology

Professor and Director of the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre. 

We are building the University of the future. We are doing this through empowering and creating opportunity for all our students and staff so as they may learn, discover and enrich society locally, nationally and internationally. Our success is demonstrated by many accolades, including a TEF Gold Award, The Guardian University of the Year for 2019, The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year in 2018 and the THE University of the Year for 2017. Investment in people and facilities is a cornerstone to our success, including over £60 million in teaching and research facilities in the School of Science and Technology since 2016. 

We seek to appoint a committed, professorial level academic, with excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, as Director of the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre (JvGCRC). You will lead its mission to turn discovery into health by accelerating the translation of basic science towards patient tailored therapies. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future strategy of the Centre to enable continued excellence and impact, whilst developing our staff to reach their potential. You will also undertake personal research, in an area relevant to the Centre. This vacancy has arisen due to the retirement of the previous post holder. 

In 2008, the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation generously endowed Nottingham Trent University with a research grant of £8 million to establish a dedicated cancer research facility. Investigators in the JvGCRC work in an area of great societal need. Our ambitions revolve around understanding cancer tumour biology (e.g. acute myeloid leukaemia, Prostate, Breast and Colon Cancer) developing cancer immunotherapy and vaccines using both in vivo and in vitro onsite pre-clinical facilities, defining molecular complexity, tumour microenvironment, and biomarker discovery for clinical use.  The JvGCRC prioritises initiatives in personalised cancer medicine using onsite ‘omics’ technologies (Nanostring, Geomx digital spatial profiler, proteomics, RT-PCR, flow cytometer, genomic facilities), informatics/big data (HPC), and interfaces with clinical activities through national and international collaborators. The Centre also undertakes commercial work with partners. The JvGCRC is a stand-alone purpose-built research facility within the School of Science and Technology, which has an outstanding reputation for teaching and innovation.  The School is home to multiple state-of-the-art research facilities, including the newly established £24M Medical Technologies Innovation Facility, and the new £23M Engineering building.

Closing Date: 22 Feb 2021

1st Stage Interview Date: 15 March 2021

2nd Stage Interview Date: 13 April 2021

If you have queries about this role, please contact Professor Philip McTernan, Associate Dean for Research via email at 

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.


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