UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


Academic Clinical Lecturerships

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UCL is proud to have one of the largest cohorts of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to trainees in the UK. We have approximately 50 NIHR Clinical Lecturers in posts across UCL and UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences System and has been successfully running NIHR schemes since their inception in 2006.


The application and recruitment process is managed by Healthcare Education Team at Health Education England (HEE), London and South East.

For enquiries about the recruitment process, please contact HEE directly or via the London and South East PGMDE Support Portal.

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2018 ACL Recruitment

CL Post 1General PracticeDr Joe Rosenthal
CL Post 2Medical OncologyProfessor Tim Meyer
CL Post 3Infectious DiseasesDr Mahdad Noursadeghi
CL Post 4NeurologyProfessor Simon Mead
CL Post 5NeurosurgeryProfessor Simon Mead
CL Post 6Intensive Care MedicineProfessor Mervyn Singer 
CL Post 7Endocrinology and Diabetes MellitusProf Rachel Batterham
CL Post 8PaediatricsProfessor Paul Brogan

Themed Posts

Post NumberSpecialityThemeLead
CL Post 9Respiratory Medicine / Cardiology / Clinical Pharmacology and TherapeuticsTherapeutics or Clinical PharmacologyProfessor Jeremy Brown or Dr Pier Lambiase or Prof Aroon Hingorani
CL Post 10Respiratory Medicine / Cardiology / Clinical Pharmacology and TherapeuticsPlatform Science ("-omics") and BioinformaticsProfessor Jeremy Brown or Dr Pier Lambiase or Prof Aroon Hingorani
CL Post 11NeurologyPlatform Science ("-omics") and BioinformaticsProfessor Simon Mead

We aim to provide bespoke clinical academic training opportunities that fully develop an individual's potential as a research leader of the future.

Like all NIHR CL posts, UCL's posts offer six months per annum protected research time over the four year duration of the posts, which all offer run-through training in the advertised specialty. 

In general research time is offered as block release of six months as in our experience this provides sufficient time to fully engage with host laboratories. 

Individual programmes have the flexibility to vary this according to local needs (including those of the trainees).

  • 50% of your time  - specialist clinical training;
  • 50% of your time - research or educationalist training;
  • The duration of the post is a maximum of 4 years;
  • Expected to complete your specialty training during this period;
  • Expected to apply for further research funding (e.g. personal fellowships or research grants), or support for continuing educational training.
Success Rate

Since 2006, our programmes have delivered a very high success rate (85%) in terms of the primary objective of CL programmes in obtaining peer-reviewed competitive research funding to continue an academic career.

The range and diversity of outcomes from a similar range and diversity of incoming individuals demonstrates that the flexible ad-hominem approach we take is highly effective in developing different individuals to their full potential.


We offer a varied selection of Clinical Lectureship posts and those who are eligible are:

  • Trainees who are advanced in their specialty training, who enter at levels ST3 or above depending on specialty;
  • We welcome CL applicants with a PhD (or equivalent) who intend to progress in their career as world-leading clinical academics;
  • You must have submitted your thesis by the time of application and been awarded your higher degree by the post start date;
  • You must have a national training number (NTN).

Before you apply for a Clinical Lecturer post through HEE you will need to check your eligibility.

Please refer to the GMC Registration Eligibility webpage


Trainees hold a UCL employment contract throughout their post (as well as an honorary NHS contract) giving them access to library facilities, computer network facilities and other necessary generic research tools.

Further information about UCL contracts for clinical academics.


NIHR Annual Bursary 

Clinical Lecturers are entitled to a £1000 bursary each year they are in post for conference fees, workshops and research visits including travel, registration and hotel costs.

Starter Grant

Grants are available that provide up to £30,000 over 1-2 years for consumables, to support Clinical Lecturers who are looking to develop and strengthen their research careers.

Please see the links below for details about the Clinical Lecturer Starter Grant: