University of Leeds / Yorkshire Cancer Research Fellowship Platform

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An Exciting Opportunity to become one of tomorrow’s cancer research leaders

The Yorkshire Cancer Research Fellowship Platform offers an exciting opportunity for both clinician scientist (oncology, primary care, palliative care, psychiatry and psychology) and methodological researchers (statistics, clinical triallists, health economists, bioinformatics, epidemiologists) to work together to undertake cross disciplinary research aimed at improving outcomes for Yorkshire patients.

The University of Leeds is looking to appoint a cohort of up to 9 tenured track academic fellows to develop and lead a portfolio of research in 4 broad areas (see below for more detail),

  1. Living with cancer in Yorkshire. Cancer outcomes in Yorkshire do not compare favourably to other parts of the UK. This theme will explore the Yorkshire landscape using routine data and self- reported patient outcomes and use this information to support patient choice, timely referral and gold standard patient management. 
  2. Supporting patient choices. Cancer patients are living longer and have more autonomy over decisions not just about their treatment and care but they also face tough decisions in other areas of life such as employment and housing. This theme will explore key decisions made by patients, where additional or different types of support are required and what patients value most in services they receive.
  3. Supporting transitions in care and development. Cancer patients have unmet needs and psychological distress particularly at important transition points in their care. This theme will explore the implications of cancer diagnosis and develop structured tools to support patient and clinician discussions and choices during points of transition.
  4. Evaluation of novel therapies and therapeutic strategies. Development of novel therapies and therapeutic strategies for cancer patients is a key strategic priority in Yorkshire. Immunotherapy and radiotherapy developments in particular pose challenges for the design of early phase trials. This theme will investigate and then apply appropriate and efficient designs (from both a statistical and clinical perspective) for early phase trials in radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

The Fellows will be able to exploit and build upon the multidisciplinary strength and depth of cancer research across the School of Medicine within Leeds. Strengths include the CRUK Centre, Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, NIHR Clinical Research Facility; all international leaders in the design and delivery of translational and early phase clinical trials research. The MRC Bioinformatics Centre is a national centre housing high quality datasets encompassing the primary and secondary experience of patients. The Leeds Psychosocial Oncology Group is an international leader in the implementation of patient reported outcomes, The Academic Units of Health Economics and Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences are leaders in research on the psychological and financial impact of cancer. The YCR Centre for Early Phase Clinical Trials is based within one of the largest clinical trials units in the UK with a diverse portfolio of clinical trials and methodological research.

The Fellowships will provide salary funding and consumables plus a budget of up to £50,000 to be used flexibly to provide support as required. Subject to satisfactory progress all Fellows will be offered substantive contracts by the University of Leeds at the end of their Fellowship. The platform will provide an established structured development programme. Up to 4 NHS PAs will be available for Clinical appointments depending upon negotiation with the NHS.

As part of the application process you will be required to upload the following documents:

  1. A CV
  2. A list of publications
  3. A statement detailing your research and academic plan (no more than 2 sides of A4).

You are strongly encouraged to discuss the role informally by contacting Professor Galina Velikova, tel: +44 (0)113 2067917 email: or Professor Julia Brown tel +44 (0)113 343 1499 email  

For enquiries about the application process please contact the recruitment team, tel: +44 (0)113 343 0518, email:

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