Academic Clinical Lecturers

Imperial is proud to have one of the largest cohorts of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) trainees in the UK. We currently have approximately 35 NIHR and locally funded Academic Clinical Lecturers in posts across Imperial and Imperial Partners Academic Health Sciences System, who have been successfully running NIHR schemes since their inception in 2006.

Please see below for information on how to apply, eligibility criteria, research, registration, contracts, bursaries and funding.

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Clinical Lecturer (CL) Posts at Imperial College London: 2018/ 2019


There are some important differences to CL posts for the coming year.  As in previous years, all are aimed at providing post-doctoral research training, and ideally to facilitate an application for intermediate research fellowship or clinician scientist application, and progressing a clinical academic career.

NIHR has awarded 7 CL posts to Imperial College London for 2018, and others may be available via individual departments. All applications to these posts should be made through the Oriel online recruitment portal.  HEE manages recruitment to these posts on our behalf and enquiries about the application process should be made directly to HEE

There are 4 CL posts available in a range of clinical specialties which will recruited to in the usual way (so called "formula posts"). These are specific to individual clinical specialties, will be advertised in Oriel under the appropriate specialty, and would allow the candidate to develop a research interest in any area at Imperial College London within that specialty.

In addition we have 3 CL posts available in cross-disciplinary research themes to which candidates from a restricted selection of specialties may apply.   These “themed posts” will be advertised separately, and the application form itself may appear on a different specialty page within Oriel from the specialty you are applying for. These CL posts aim to achieve the same outcome, and are at post-doctoral level, however the proposed research will be restricted to that of the research "theme". Candidates would remain of course as a clinical trainee within their host specialty. One post is in an “acute care” theme aimed at either a GP or anaesthetic trainee, and the second in a “platform science (-omics)” theme and potentially available to an SpR in Paediatrics, O+G or histopathology.

If therefore you win a CL post in a themed post, the research you explore in your CL years MUST be in this broad area at Imperial College London, but does not necessarily have to be that suggested in our outline proposal, although this will be the preferred route. All of our research themes were identified as being major strengths within Imperial College, likely to produce high quality research, and hopefully an outstanding clinical academic future.

Interviews for formula and themed CL posts will be separate: interviews for formula CL posts will be specialty specific, interviewing for all CL posts available in one specialty across London (e.g., Cardiology or General Surgery). Interviews for themed CL posts will be undertaken by research theme, and the best candidates appointed regardless of clinical specialty.

For all CL posts, clinical training will be provided in the NW London rotations, amongst the highest rated programmes in the UK, but may not always be in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust depending on the needs of all trainees within a programme. It is likely (but not yet guaranteed) that these CL posts will become additional to current training programmes which should allow more flexibility of location of clinical training (within ICHT sites if appropriate)

For further details about both types of CL posts available please click the relevant section below.


CL Posts in "Research Themes" 2018/2019

Theme: Acute care: (Research focuses on any aspect of acute care):  available in General Practice or Anaesthetics

The creation of this potential joint bid should support collaborative research across Anaesthetics and General Practice.

Academic Primary Care at Imperial College’s strong research performance led to the joint best score nationally in the “Public Health, Health Services & Primary Care" Panel in the 2014 University REF. There are highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary research programmes, excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and a strong record of providing high-quality training environments which have hosted a series of training fellowships. These have included NIHR Researcher Development, Post-Doctoral, Career Scientist and NIHR Research Professor Awards; MRC and Wellcome Trust Fellowships; and three Harkness Fellowships in Health Policy. Most recently, the department contributed the majority of the successful application from Imperial College London to join the NIHR School for Public Health Research from April 2017. Two members of the primary care department were also investigators on a successful application for an NIHR Patient Safety Centre at ICL. In acute care, we have an extensive programme of research in areas such as the evaluating GP-led urgent care centres and the impact of how acute problems are managed on emergency hospital services. This acute care theme utilises bioinformatics and our spread into local GP practices, urgent care centres and Trusts.

The programme will provide high quality research training capitalising on the extensive links with the local primary care research networks, and the long-standing academic and NHS partnerships in NW London, focussing on research on acute care including the interface between primary care and specialist care. For CLs, the programme will include training in qualitative and quantitative research methods, epidemiology, statistics, trials methodology, medical sociology/health psychology, health policy analysis.

The clinical component of the GP programme will be in general practices and Hospital Trusts in NW London aligned to the training provided by the HEENWL rotational training schemes. Our GP Training Scheme is based in the Department of Primary Care at ICL. NW London has a deprived, multi-ethnic population, and thus offers an excellent location for clinical training.  

Enquiries to

Professor Azeem Majeed, Head of Department, Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Imperial College London. Charing Cross Hospital. London. Tel: 020 7594 3368;


Dr Sonia Saxena, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London Charing Cross Hospital. Tel: 020 7594 3368;



 Anaesthetics & Pain Medicine at Imperial is one of the leading academic anaesthetic departments in Europe. We lead two major strategic initiatives: (1) London Pain Consortium (Wellcome Trust Strategic Award); (2) Centre for Perioperative and Critical Care Research, a cross departmental partnership supported by the NIHR-Imperial BRC. Notable achievements include novel receptor-specific domain antibodies to block inflammatory signalling to prevent acute lung injury; Understanding the effect of anaesthetics on organ function. Our group were the first to discover the neuroprotective effects of xenon. Pre-clinical and early clinical development of the Angiotensin II type 2 receptor antagonist EMA401 as a “first in class” analgesic for neuropathic pain, now being developed by Novartis.

Research opportunities in anaesthetics include: translational research in sepsis/acute lung injury, Developing precision medicine tools in sepsis, testing novel rapid microbiological diagnostics in conjunction with the London NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative; Detailed phenotyping studies (in conjunction with the NIHR-MRC and clinical phenome centres at Imperial); Big Data analysis as part of the NIHR-Heath Informatics Collaborative; Acute pain and peri-operative and critical care.

Anaesthetic training in this post is fully supported by the Imperial School clinical training programme director, and all opportunities exist to complete clinical training in NW London 

Enquiries to

Prof Anthony Gordon, ICU, Charing Cross Hospital. Tel: 020 3313 0657 Email:

Prof Masao Takata, Prof of Molecular Physiology in Critical Care, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Email:

Prof Andrew Rice,  Professor of Pain Research, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Email:  Tel: 020 3315 8816

Prof Daqing Ma,  Professor of Anaesthesia, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Tel: 020 3315 8495 Email:


Theme: Platform science and –omics: available in Paediatrics, O+G or Histopathology

Candidates will identify projects of interest in this theme, and receive cross-departmental training.

Imperial Pathology provides an excellent academic environment with an international reputation for postgraduate training. The recent initiation of Northwest London Pathology (amalgamation of Pathology of three Trusts) provides a large clinical resource. Recently developments have focussed on molecular pathology, and with the 100K genome project (Genomics England), and have an international reputation in molecular pathology in haemato-oncolgy, and various specialist pathologies. Pathology is linked with –omics research across surgery and medicine.

 A Histopathology CL will develop, validate and introduce to clinical practice multi-gene ‘omic’ platforms in different types of cancers. The candidate will also play a key role in developing integrated diagnosis with conventional histopathology diagnoses. Imperial is one of the major contributors of cancer specimens to the 100K genome project. In collaboration with GECIPs, we intend to develop ‘omic’ platforms with intent to transform the current diagnostic practice. Research training will be provided across all these platforms as appropriate and in conjunction with our other NIHR training programmes.

Enquiries to Pathology

Professor Kikkeri Naresh, Professor (Haematopathology) Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital   Tel: 020 3313 3969, Email:

Prof. Jorge Ferrer,Chair in Genetics and Medicine, Section Head, Lead for Genomics and Genetics, Imperial College London, Department of Medicine, Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine, Tel: 020 7594 0968, Email:


 O&G -omics based research success include criteria for miscarriage diagnosis, improved surveillance for IUGR (Lancet 2015), a paradigm shift in understanding miscarriage (Nat Med 2013), a patent for miRNA markers to predict preterm birth, and a link between vaginal microbiome, preterm birth and cervical cerclage.

An O+G CL will focus on preterm labour as largest cause of death of children under five worldwide using –omics analysis including NMR and MS based metabonomics (urine, blood, vaginal fluid), miRomics (miRNA profiling, blood), transcriptomics (myometrium), microbiomics (vaginal swabs and stool).

Enquiries to

Professor Phillip Bennett,  Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College London and consultant at Queen Charlottes Hospital. Hammersmith Hospital Campus.

Tel: 020 759 42176 Email:


Paediatrics has an international reputation for research including the application of multiomic and computational methodologies to infectious, inflammatory and noncommunicable diseases. Paediatrics leads numerous consortia, with grants of more than £30M: on host genetics of severe infection, biomarkers of febrile illness, TB biomarkers, early life asthma. Projects cover the major domains of “-omics” science and bioinformatics, including host and pathogen genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and microbiome research. Recent publications have led to paradigm shifts: transcriptomic signatures for diagnosis, genetics of susceptibility to meningococcal disease, Kawasaki disease and severe childhood asthma and the role of the neonatal gut microbiome in necrotising enterocolitis.

A paediatrics CL will choose from discovery and development of diagnostic gene expression, protein and metabolomic signatures for infectious and inflammatory diseases, and integration of host biomarker signatures with enhanced molecular pathogen diagnostics, relationships between the early life microbiome, lung function later in childhood, and development of asthma, to transcriptomic signatures of neonatal hypoxic encephalopathy and infection.

Enquiries initially to

Dr Gareth Tudor Williams, Reader and Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Section of Paediatrics, Imperial College London Tel: 020 7594 3990 Email:

Possible relevant contacts

Dr Aubrey Cunnnington, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Section of Paediatrics, Medical School Building, St Mary’s Campus, Norfolk Place, London. Tel: 02075943915 Email:

Dr Jethro Herberg, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Section of Paediatrics, Medical School Building, St Mary’s Campus, Norfolk Place, London. Tel: 02075943915 Email:

Professor Beate Kampann,  Professor of Paediatric Infection & Immunity , Section of Paediatrics, Medical School Building, St Mary’s Campus, Norfolk Place, London. Tel:020 7594 2758.


Professor Simon Kroll , Professor of Molecular Infectious Diseases, Section of Paediatrics, Medical School Building, St Mary’s Campus, Norfolk Place, London. Tel: 020 7594 3695


Professor Michael Levin , Chair in Paediatrics & International Child Health, Section of Paediatrics, Medical School Building, St Mary’s Campus, Norfolk Place, London W2 1PG. Tel: 020 7594 3760 Email:

Dr Sudhin Thayyil , Reader in Neonatal Medicine, Hammersmith Campus, Du Cane Road, London. Tel: 020 3313 8515 Email:

Dr Paul Turner, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Paediatric Research Unit, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM), St Mary's Campus, London, W2 1NY. Tel: 020 3312 7892


Professor Neena Modi, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London,Chelsea and Westminster campus, 369 Fulham Road, London SW10 9NH; Tel 020 3315 5101/2



These programmes are fully integrated with clinical training pathways at Imperial Trust. This enables CLs to complete the necessary clinical competencies. All are provided with protected research time. Clinical training is structured and integrated in consultation with Training Programme Directors, in all these specialties. Imperial and its linked DGHs provides all necessary clinical training.






.Recruitment of all ACL opportunities, on the Integrated Academic Training programme, is conducted via Health Education England regions and managed through Oriel, the national NHS online recruitment system.  For Imperial College London, recruitment to ACL posts is coordinated by the London Recruitment team, based in the Operations Department of Health Education South London and overseen by NIHR. Details are available on the NIHR website  and the London LETBs Recruitment website .

Recruitment windows usually open in February for posts starting in the following year. ACL opportunities at Imperial College London are available in different specialties each year.

ACL posts are for a maximum of four years. The end date will be determined either by the end of the four-year period or by the date of a receipt of medical trainee’s Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). The posts are designed to include 50% time carrying out academic research combined with 50% time in clinical training. The ACL awards use clinical training opportunities on current GMC approved training programmes. At Imperial College, these opportunities are available in most GMC defined medical specialties. Once in the programme, London academic trainees are administratively overseen by the Integrated Academic Training Team (IAT) in Health Education South London. The IAT team has good links with (and regularly liaises with) members of the Imperial College AHSC CATO team on matters relating to the administration of NIHR clinical academic training programmes. Day-to-day management is by clinical and academic supervisors and training programme directors at Imperial College.


This programme is aimed at medical trainees who possess a higher degree (PhD/MPhil) and have a commitment to an academic career.  The ultimate aim is to prepare trainees in obtaining a Clinical Scientist Fellowship or a Senior Clinical Lectureship post. Imperial College usually has around seven ACL opportunities available each year in a range of clinical specialties.  


ACLs will have a contract with Imperial College London and an honorary contract with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Honorary contracts normally run concurrently with the substantive contract and are issued to allow trainees to work in the organisation where they do not have a substantive contract.

Contracts will be issued by the relevant HR Department and coordinated at departmental level by Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare Trust. There are a number of requirements, checks and different forms to fill out in order to finalise the contracts and it can take some time to complete, so trainees are advised to make contact early and establish who their departmental administrators are to assist them with these tasks. This is particularly important for trainees who are new to Imperial College or the Trust who will have to complete a more comprehensive process than those who have been employed by Imperial College before.

Clinical Academic trainees will also be required to complete other routine HR new starter and induction formalities, such as collection of ID cards, completion of induction training activities, Information Governance Training and other statutory and mandatory training sessions. 




Funding and bursaries

There are currently two sources of funding available to Imperial NIHR academic clinical lecturers to support their research. Each fund has a distinct purpose, eligibility criteria and application process - both are coordinated through the CATO. Academic trainees are advised to consider their academic training, research consumables and skills development needs early on in their programmes in order to achieve maximum benefit from the funding available. See funding section for further information.

The two funding sources for ACLs are listed below: 

  • National Institute of Health Research Trainee Coordinating Centre Bursary (NIHR TCC)
  • Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Funding


CATO trainee forums and meetings

During the course of each year, the CATO team organises a number of educational events and other activities which clinical academic trainees are strongly encouraged to attend. These are provided to disseminate information, present trainees with opportunities to ask questions, share information and encourage networking, social interaction and support.

Courses and development

During the course of their clinical academic training ACLs are required to attend a range of generic courses to progress their academic and research skills, teaching skills and personal and professional development. These could be courses or workshops delivered internally by Imperial College London (The Graduate School and the Education Development Unit), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, or by external providers and other organisations. In many cases, trainees could apply for NIHR/CATO funding to cover the costs of attending these courses. Further details about potential areas of learning can be found in the AHSC CATO guide (PDF).

Expectations of CLs

In addition to developing generic and research skills, trainees at Imperial undertaking CL posts will be expected to have applied for an intermediate fellowship or clinician scientist award within 2 years of starting their CL post.  This requirement will be monitored.


Support and resources

There are a number of individuals who can help and support doctors during their clinical academic training at Imperial, including the CATO team.

Other clinical academic trainees

Through the events organised by CATO and other occasions arranged by each specialty/division trainees will have an opportunity to meet and network with other trainees following academic programmes at Imperial. Trainees are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities to meet and stay in touch with others who are in similar situations to themselves, to share experiences and offer and benefit from some peer support.

Departmental administrators

Each of the schools, institutes and departments at Imperial College has administrative divisional/specialty teams who will be able to help academic trainees during their time at Imperial College. To find an up to date list of contacts, visit the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine webpages and search for the administration teams in the Departments section of the Faculty of Medicine.

CATO Guide

The  AHSC CATO Guide (PDF)‌ is an extensive resource of information about the programme at Imperial, and a useful and important ‘how to guide’ for trainees undertaking the IAT pathway. If you have any further questions please email the CATO team,