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Welcome from the Pro-Vice Chancellor
The University of Exeter Medical School is a vibrant, dynamic and friendly place to work, and we are recruiting a large number of academic posts at all grades. We are seeking academic staff with the ambition to match ours.
Whether you are an exceptionally talented early career researcher, Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, we have exciting opportunities for all. Our growth is focused on the remarkable Gillings Professorial Fellowships, our expanding education programmes and the launch of our new Academy of Nursing.
Join Exeter and you’ll join a team whose research quality is ranked in the top 30 world-wide while establishing a tenured career located in a beautiful part of the country.
This site showcases some of the great work our staff and students are doing and offers you the opportunity to find out much more about our Medical School and the support we’d offer you if you join our team. Look here today for a full list of vacancies.
Professor Clive Ballard, Pro-Vice Chancellor
Join our outstanding team!
We are seeking academic staff with the ambition to match ours. Whether you are an internationally renowned professor seeking a Professorial Gillings fellowship or an exceptionally talented early career researcher, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor we have exciting opportunities for you.
We are growing our team and invite applications from talented researchers, educators and clinical academics. Join Exeter and you’ll join a team whose research quality is ranked in the top 30 world-wide while establishing a tenured career located in a beautiful part of the country.
We are particularly interested in:
- Individuals who will contribute to our main areas of research which are: diabetes and associated conditions, brain health and mental health, ageing, health services research, primary care, public health and the environment and human health.
- Individuals with a passion for teaching and educational strengths in anatomy, assessment, student support, fitness to practice or fundamental science.
We will offer generous set up packages for candidates that transfer significant research grants to the University.
Interested? Take a look at our full range of vacancies here.
Medical School teaching roles - register interest
Are you a medically qualified practitioner or academic living in Devon and Cornwall?
Are you interested in passing on your knowledge and experience by teaching our talented medical students at the College of Medicine and Health on a part-time basis?
If so please complete the following form to indicate expressions of interest in any of the following roles and we will get back to you with more details.
Be a pioneer at the University of Exeter Academy of Nursing!
Exeter is the first Russell Group University to develop nursing education in the 21st century. With our clinical and patient colleagues, we have set up the University of Exeter Academy of Nursing. Our Academy will create curious and innovative nurses at the forefront of innovation, research, practice and leadership. Our Academy offers membership and fellowship for nurses; research, leadership; coaching; interprofessional working. Above all it is the crucible for advanced nursing roles including clinical, research, leadership and education.
We will make a difference through educating the world's best nurses. We are building our team. We were commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for our institutional commitment, partnerships and patient and public involvement. Now we need the best nursing academics, researchers and educators.
We are seeking academic staff with the vision to match ours. We are interested in people with expertise in adult and mental health, research in nursing care, fundamental care, leadership, global and public health, practice based learning, clinical skills and simulation. Be at the start of an inaugural nursing programme and drive the translation into practice of our innovative Adult nursing programme.
Interested? We would be delighted to talk. A conversation may establish that Exeter is the right place for you. To find out about current opportunities email: Professor David Richards or call: 01392 724615.
The E3 Diabetes Centre of Excellence
The outstanding world-leading diabetes research at Exeter has recently been recognised in the award of £6 million from Research England as part of ‘Expanding Excellence in England (E3)'. The E3 funding will provide a step change in our capacity to research diabetes facilitating expansion into new fields including Immunology, Cell biology, Experimental medicine, Data Science and Artificial intelligence.
Who we are
The University of Exeter Medical School is renowned for its world leading diabetes research, and is led by Professor Andrew Hattersley FRS CBE; a world leader in the field who has done highly cited and award-winning research particularly in monogenic diabetes, diagnosis of subtypes and precision medicine. In the past 2 decades expertise in genetics has been built on by world leaders such as Professor Tim Frayling, Professor Sian Ellard OBE, and Associate Professor Michael Weedon. Recently innovative research in Type 1 diabetes from Professor Noel Morgan, Associate Professor Sarah Richardson and Dr Richard Oram has changed views internationally.
Exeter are international leaders in Type 2 diabetes therapy response, accurate diagnosis of subtypes and experimental medicine approaches to understand mechanisms. A central feature of diabetes research in Exeter is it aims to be directly clinically relevant. Much of our work has altered diagnosis and treatment throughout the world.
Recruiting for Excellence
As part of our expansion, we are looking to attract world-class, ambitious, academic staff at all levels, particularly those from Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Experimental Medicine, who are excited by the opportunity to apply their discipline expertise in novel approaches to investigate diabetes and join our internationally recognized team. We also encourage applications from people who have not directly worked in Type 1 diabetes but are keen to develop novel exciting research in this area.We will build on our international reputation by combining novel approaches, tools and techniques with Exeter’s current expertise and distinctive patient resources. Collaboration with other colleagues in the College of Medicine and Health, the Living Systems Institute, Centre for Medical Mycology and Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is very much encouraged as is the development of external national and international collaborations both academic and with industry.
We are looking for innovative academics who are as passionate about their future as we are about ours. If you are excited by the opportunity to apply your expertise in novel approaches to investigate diabetes, we would love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
See a full list of our opportunities.
Meet our staff
Take a look at some of our inspiring staff stories to find out about the experience of working here.
Professor Andrew Hattersley FRCP FMedSci FRS CBE
Professor Andrew Hattersley FRS is an outstanding clinical scientist, who is distinguished for his contributions to the understanding of the genetics of diabetes and the application of that knowledge to clinical practice. He became Gillings Chair in Precision Medicine in 2015 and leads the Precision medicine initiative in Exeter working with both scientific and clinical colleagues.
Along with Professor Sian Ellard he set up and currently heads the premier international research team working on monogenic diabetes and has played a major role in the UK research effort into the genetics of type 2 diabetes. He continues to work as a consultant physician in diabetes while at the same time leading a large research team. His research combines state-of-the-art molecular genetics with physiological and clinical investigations in patients. He uses the accidents of nature that cause monogenic diabetes to understand the critical role of the gene product in man, in a similar fashion to many laboratory scientists who study knockout animals. A key theme of his approach is that his scientific discoveries are rapidly and effectively translated into improvements in clinical care.
Professor Lora Fleming, Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health
In addition to her role as Director of the ECEEH, Professor Fleming is Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health in the University of Exeter Medical School. She is a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist with over two decades of experience and expertise in environment and occupational exposures and human health. Professor Fleming worked at the University of Miami for 20 years, and is an Emerita Professor (both the Miller School of Medicine and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.) She is also the recipient of the 2013 Edouard Delcroix Prize and the 2015 Bruun Medal of the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), for her research and other activities in Oceans and Human Health, and a Member the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the NIEHS Gulf Oil Study, and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science Board. She believes it is essential to support a diversity gender, race, experience, roles, sexual orientation and religious beliefs in the workplace.
Professor Lorna Harries
Professor Lorna Harries is a molecular geneticist who gained her PhD at University College London, after which she worked at the Universities of Dundee and Sussex. She arrived in Exeter in 2001 and has stayed ever since. Lorna is interested in all things related to gene expression, and in particular how it can influence ageing and age related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia. She also has an active interest in making science accessible to the general public. She has written over 90 peer-reviewed articles and was awarded the Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Prize Lectureship in 2011. Professor Harries is also co-ordinator of the annual UEMS ‘Men in White’ school outreach with Dr, John Chilton, where year 9 students from Devon to Somerset get hands on experience of working in a laboratory. In her spare time, Lorna enjoys reading, live music, crafts and spending time with her family.
Professor David Richards
Professor Richards has been a mental health nurse for over 30 years. After nursing auxiliary, student and staff nurse experiences he took an 18 month post-registration qualification in nurse behaviour therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital London, specialising in delivering treatments for people with anxiety problems. This was his first exposure to the possibility of working in research and led to a successful academic career.
One very exciting element to Professor Richards’s research expertise is a programme of research to develop, test and evaluate a novel intervention system of essential nursing care. This ‘ESSENCE’ programme is looking to respond to increasing criticisms of nursing, including those in the Francis Report, that nurses have neglected their traditional caring role. He is leading an international group of nurse scientists who believe that good research can deliver the much needed evidence to directly address these criticisms and rediscover the traditional focus of nursing – hands on caring for patients. Findings from Professor Richards ESSENCE research programme will be at the heart of nursing education in University of Exeter Academy of Nursing.
Professor Richards’s work was recognised by the NIHR when it awarded him the status of ‘Senior Investigator’ – one of only four nurses in the group of researchers regarded by NIHR as the top 200 in England.
Professor Karen Mattick
Karen is Professor of Medical Education, Co-Lead for the Centre for Research in Professional Learning at the University of Exeter, and Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. She has over fifteen years’ experience as a medical education researcher and educator, has published over 50 peer-reviewed research papers in medical education and clinical science. Karen is Senior Associate Editor for The Clinical Teacher journal and Director of Awards for the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME). Her academic practice has been recognized in the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012 and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2005. Prior to joining the medical education field, Karen worked for the NHS as a Clinical Scientist, involved in both service delivery and clinical science research.
Dr Sarah Richardson
Sarah is an outstanding Senior Lecturer/Principal Investigator utilising three unique cohorts of type 1 diabetes patient pancreas samples and her research is centred around developing a clearer understanding of the disease processes by which beta cells are targeted and destroyed.
The success of her research enabled her to gain a Diabetes Research Wellness Foundation (DRWF) Non-Clinical Research Fellowship, a 5yr JDRF Career Development Award and more recently an MRC Project Grant. She was the first recipient of the network of Pancreatic Organ Donors (nPOD) Junior Investigator Award, awarded for being a champion of collaborative spirit and data sharing and for dedication to type 1 diabetes research.
Dr Tudor Chinnah
Tudor is a Senior Lecturer in Human Anatomy and Clinical Education and a nationally and internationally recognised Anatomist and Medical Educator. He is the College designated International students’ academic tutor and coordinates the provision of learning and teaching supports for the students and a recipient of a Teaching Excellence Merit Award of the medical school for his contribution in International students’ academic support and was nominated for the 2016 Teaching Awards in the Best Lecturer Category. He is an elected member of the University Senate and has received an ASPIRE Senior Fellowship award and is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Professor Jon Mill, Professor of Epigenetics
Jonathan is Professor of Epigenetics at the University of Exeter Medical School and also heads the Psychiatric Epigenetics group at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He graduated with a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, where he took a particular interest in cannibalism, before undertaking his PhD in psychiatric genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry. After spending three years as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, he returned to the Institute of Psychiatry to establish the Psychiatric Epigenetics group in the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. He was appointed as Professor of Epigenetics at UEMS in September 2012.
Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Tamsin Ford is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical School. She completed her clinical training at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals and her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London supported by a Wellcome Clinical Fellowship. She moved her MRC Clinician Scientist Award to Exeter in 2007. The group of researchers that she leads studies the effectiveness of services and interventions to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, with an increasing focus on schools.
In addition, Tamsin is the lead for the medical school in relation to integrated clinical academic training for junior doctors and medical students; she is also an honorary consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Devon Partnership Trust. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance Service, and a founder member of the Child Outcome Research Consortium (CORC) and on the Board of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).