UCL Cancer Institute


ACED Directors of Research Domains

The International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection seeks applicants for the new positions of: Directors of Research Domains

ACED Directors of Research Domains

•    Provide strategic oversight for funded ACED cancer early detection research
•    Cultivate Pilot and Project awards into cohesive research programmes within and across research domains
•    Develop skills as a mentor and thought-leader in a collaborative, international Alliance 

To date, ACED supports a broad portfolio of 28 funded awards, across a range of research areas and cancer types. As part of the ACED research strategy, this portfolio is organised into three Research Domains: Biology, Technology and Trials

ACED Research Domain diagram

ACED is seeking leadership for each of these domains, which will:
•    Provide oversight of ACED-funded research, 
•    Identify potential research synergies, new collaborations and opportunities, and 
•    Guide the development of ACED research into future programmes, according to the ACED strategic priorities. 
The Directors will be supported by the ACED Programme Managers and will be responsible for reporting to and advising the ACED Executive Board.

For more details of the role and responsibilities, see the ACED Directors of Research Domain role profile


The Directors of Research Domains will serve an initial term of 12 months. Applicants must be a named ACED Member from an ACED Centre.
•    ACED will appoint up to two (2) Directors per Research Domain, one early-to-mid career stage (Post-Doctoral / Lecturer / Group Leader) and one mid-to-senior career stage (Associate Professor / Professor).
•    Applicants must demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and to encourage engagement and interaction between researchers within their domains and across ACED.
•    Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a strong enthusiasm and commitment to the goals and visions of ACED and the wider early detection field.

Each Director will receive an honorarium of £2,000 GBP / $2,700 USD per annum plus up to £1,500 GBP / $2,000 USD contribution to attend early-detection conferences. Additional funds will be available to support collaborative initiatives across the Domain.

Application Process

Interested applicants will submit a CV (max 4 pages) and cover letter (max length 1500 words) detailing your suitability for the role and specifically addressing the following questions in separate sections (max 500 words per response):

1.    Describe your interest in cancer early detection and experience with your preferred Research Domain. What specific strengths or insights do you bring to this role?
2.    Provide an example of your leadership, specifically related to bringing stakeholders together for a common aim. What challenges did you face, how did you overcome them, and what was the ultimate result of the effort?
3.    Describe your experience managing a range of complex projects or tasks. How did you ensure alignment across them (where possible) or encourage collaboration?

Submit completed applications to aced@cancer.org.uk by Friday 4th March 2022.

Final decisions and notifications to Applicants by Friday 1st April, expected start date of 1st May 2022. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Karolin Kroese, CRUK ACED Programme Manager (Karolin.Kroese@cancer.org.uk