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Academic Clinical Lecturer posts

Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL) posts are higher level research training posts that are intended for clinicians who have a PhD or MD and who are already undertaking a higher specialist training programme. Specifically, applicants need to have at least submitted their PhD for examination before applying for an ACL post and awarded the PhD or MD before taking up the post.

The positions last for up to four years and provide 50% protected research time and 50% clinical training which will take most people to Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT) or thereabouts. ACLs are employed by the University of Exeter and as such they have full access to the research resources the University of Exeter has to offer. In addition, ACLs must have an honorary contract with the NHS Trusts in which they work to enable them to conduct clinical work.

In addition to an MD or PhD, successful applicants for ACL posts usually have an established area of research interest and a track record of successfully completed research that has led to research publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Some applicants have a track record of grant funding; though not essential to apply for an ACL post, though is a distinct advantage for the selection process.

During the ACL appointment trainees are expected to continue to work in their chosen area and often to exhibit leadership in that research area. As such ACLs are usually expected to develop their own research ideas, design their own research studies, convene teams with the appropriate expertise, apply for funding and lead in the conduct of the research and the dissemination of the research findings.

There will be opportunities to deliver teaching and ACLs are encouraged to take advantage of these. In addition, ACLs have opportunities for training in higher level research skills, such as in research leadership and management.

About half of our ACL positions are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), with the rest funded from a variety of local sources.

Research Supervision

All ACLs have an academic supervisor. By the time trainees become ACLs they have already developed a relationship with their supervisor, but for those who have not, the IAT team will be happy to support the trainee to find an appropriate academic.

Academic mentorship

ACLs are also encouraged to seek separate academic mentorship, independent of the supervisory team, aimed at supporting the individual to develop their career as an independent researcher.

How to apply

ACLs are highly sought-after posts and as such the appointment process is extremely competitive. ACL posts are advertised by HEE via the Oriel system

For further information about these posts please contact: Professor Chris Dickens, who leads the Integrated Academic training team in Exeter.