Academic Clinical Lecturers

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

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


For more information, please see the Integrated Clinical Academic Training Guide

2016 Recruitment

Integrated Academic Training 2015/16 recruitment

Academic training posts will be advertised from the March 2016 on the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (LETB formerly the London Deanery) website.

Must be in post by 31st March 2017

For more information please see the NIHR TCC Intergrated Academic Programme website

  • Before applying you will need to read the CL post person specification to assess your suitability on the LETB website.

See below for Recruitment Dates:

Round 1 - ACF Recruitment
Start Date
March 2016 - date to be confirmed 
Closing Date
date to be confirmed 
Short-listing and interviews take place between
date to be confirmed 
Offers will be made from (via the UK Offers system)
 date to be confirmed 
Hold Deadline
date to be confirmed
Active in post by 
date to be confirmed

If you have any questions in relation to the ACL recruitment process, please contact the LETB or contact the Academic Careers Office

2016 CL Posts

Please see below for the 2016 CL posts available at UCL:

Specialty Programme Lead
Anaesthetics  Dr Martin Smith
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Prof Raymond Macallister
Haematology  Prof Kwee Yong
Medical Microbiology
Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi
Medical Oncology 
Prof Tim Meyer
Neurology Dr Simon Mead
Ophthalmology Prof Sir Peng Khaw
Otolaryngology  Prof Martin Birchall or Prof Anne Schilder
Paediatrics Dr Paul Brogan
Respiratory Medicine Prof Jeremy Brown
Prof Mark Emberton


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)


Trainees hold a UCL 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. 


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

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


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