Professor of Cancer Genomics
Clifton Campus

Job reference: 009471

Location: Clifton Campus

Closing date: 28/01/2022

Salary : Competitive

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Academic Schools

School/Section : School of Science & Technology

Professor of Cancer Genomics, John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre

Nottingham Trent University 

Competitive Salary and Benefits 

Guardian University of the Year 2019; Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018; THE 2017 University of the Year; these are just some of the accolades bestowed upon Nottingham Trent University. We are focused on ‘Creating the University of the Future’, transforming the lives of our students and, through them, the world in which we live.

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. 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.

The opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a committed and passionate academic with a clear vision and excellent interpersonal skills, as the new Professor of Cancer Genomics in the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre (JvGCRC). You will develop, lead and inspire research, scholarship and/or practice activity which enhances the profile of JvGCRC and drives our mission to turn discovery into health by accelerating the translation of basic science towards patient tailored therapies. You will undertake personal research in an area relevant to the Centre and be appointable at Professorial level.

The John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre

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.  The JvGCRC is a stand-alone purpose-built research facility within the School of Science and Technology (SST), which has an outstanding reputation for teaching and innovation. SST 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.

The JvGCRC promotes and prioritises initiatives in personalised cancer medicine using onsite ‘omics’ technologies/facilities (NanoString nCounter and GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiling platforms, Proteomics Suite, high-dimensional flow cytometry, 10X Genomics to perform single-cell RNA sequencing), computational biology/bioinformatics/big data analytics, and interfaces with clinical activities through national and international collaborators.

Our ambitions revolve around 1) understanding tumour-host interactions in a variety of models/conditions (e.g., acute myeloid leukaemia, breast, pancreatic and colon cancer, malignant glioma); 2) developing cancer immunotherapy approaches and anti-tumour vaccines using both in vivo and in vitro onsite pre-clinical facilities; 3) leveraging “big data” to resolve the molecular basis of cancer heterogeneity; 4) deciphering the composition and functional orientation of the tumour microenvironment; 5) discovering biomarkers for clinical use.

The Centre also undertakes commercial work with national and international partners and has generated two impact case studies during the previous REF period.

The JvGCRC is a unique, purpose-built scientific facility in the East Midlands helping drive Nottingham Trent University’s health and wellbeing strategic theme.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 28 January 2022.  Applications should consist of:

  • A CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the role and person specifications for the post.
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
  • Please complete the following online Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

​​​​​​​Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ1257

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.

​​​​​​​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.

We’re proud of how far we’ve come. With a shared vision, we are a community of more than 4,000 colleagues, all committed to our goal of becoming ‘the university of the future’. Do you have the passion to help us to go even further?

Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions.