Director of Academic Unit
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

The School of Clinical Medicine invites applications for the Director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit. The post holder will hold a Professorship in the School of Clinical Medicine. Individuals whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship may apply. The intention is that the successful candidate takes up the appointment as early as January 2021 or early in the year as agreed.

Applications from non-clinical or clinically qualified individuals are welcome. Clinically qualified individuals would be expected to hold an Honorary Contract to undertake clinical duties with one of the University's NHS partner organisations.

Candidates will have a strong international track record in mitochondrial research, and show evidence of the leadership skills and scientific vision necessary to lead the Unit. They will have a breadth of understanding across the spectrum of basic and translational mitochondria-related science, including clinical application, and the ability to facilitate impact beyond their own immediate area of expertise. They will also have the ability to forge and foster effective partnerships at an institutional level. These themes and others were identified as recommendations in a recent MRC strategic review of mitochondrial biology research and a new Unit Director will be expected to respond to the opportunities presented to deliver an innovative Unit vision and enhance UK mitochondrial research and collaboration.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision, administration and contribution to clinical service delivery (if relevant). The post will be based at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Candidates will be considered for the post on the basis of selection criteria outlined below, which they are asked to address in their application.

  • An outstanding research record of international stature in mitochondrial science;

  • The ability to provide leadership, motivation and strategic direction for the scientific programmes of the Unit (including the Director's own research programme).

  • The vision, leadership experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and further developing a cutting-edge research Unit, and an established record in attracting research grant support;

  • The ability to drive strategic development of mitochondrial science in the University and to facilitate its development within the UK;

  • The ability to manage and interact effectively with staff and students at all levels;

  • An enthusiastic commitment to the recruitment, training and mentoring of the next generation of researchers, including undergraduates, research students, and postdoctoral research fellows;

  • Evidence of the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally across a range of disciplines and industries so as to maximise scientific opportunities for the Unit, and support the rapid translation of its research.

The Professorship will be co-terminous with the MRC Unit Director appointment.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

Clinical Academic Applicants

This is an integrated appointment between the University and relevant NHS Trust / Body. You will therefore also be issued with an Honorary Clinical Contract by tge relevant NHS Trust / Body. You should be aware that if your contract with the NHS Trust / Body is terminated your employment with the University will be terminated, and vice versa.

You will require GMC registration, License to Practice and Medical Defence Cover for the duration of your appointment.

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made to

A report from the MRC strategic review of mitochondrial biology research is available on request.

Salary Scales

Non-clinical Grade 12 (£72,689 to £109,865 per annum)

Clinical £79,860 - £107,668 per annum (depending on seniority)

The closing date for applications is 21 October 2020.

Interviews will take place on 12 November 2020.

If you have any questions about the role please contact Professor Patrick Maxwell via email

For an informal discussion in confidence please contact our recruitment partner Roger Russell at Penna on 07710 701 570 or email

Please quote reference SM24083 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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