Lincoln College, Oxford

BTG Junior Research Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences (non-stipendiary) Lincoln College, in association with the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Further Particulars

Overview of the post

Lincoln College proposes to elect a non-stipendiary BTG Junior Research Fellow in the Biomedical

Sciences from 1st October 2013, tenable for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for two further years. The BTG Fellowship is intended to provide a College affiliation for an early-career researcher and must be held in conjunction with a fully-funded research position at the

University of Oxford in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology; or, in the event that no suitable candidate from the Dunn School can be found, with another position in biomedical research at the

University of Oxford. The Fellow may have the opportunity to undertake some undergraduate teaching or graduate advisory work for the College, for which separate payment will be made at the standard rates, but is not obliged to undertake such duties.

It is expected that the Fellow will be resident in Oxford for a significant proportion of the academic year and that he or she will take advantage of the opportunities presented to engage in the academic and social life of the College.

The Fellowship is supported by BTG PLC and recognises the contribution made by the “factor IX protein” patent originally filed in 1985, and licenced by BTG plc. The inventors of the patent devised a way of obtaining factor IX protein artificially from recombinant DNA constructs introduced into cell culture. [Anson DS Austen DEG & Brownlee GG (1985) Nature, 315, 683-685 and a subsequent contribution from Jones I M (unpublished)]. This enabled the commercial production of factor IX protein free of contamination by viruses such a HIV or Hepatitis C virus for treatment of Haemophilia

B patients from 1999.

Queries about the post should be addressed to the Senior Tutor, Dr Louise Durning, at

or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 279801. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

Lincoln College

There are 38 self-governing and independent colleges at Oxford, giving both academic staff and students the benefits of belonging to a small, interdisciplinary community as well as to a large, internationally-renowned, institution. The collegiate system fosters a strong sense of community, bringing together leading academics and students across subjects, and from different cultures and countries.

Lincoln is one of the oldest Oxford Colleges, with fine historic buildings located in the centre of the

City. It has a strong sense of collegiality with a reputation for integrating its graduate and undergraduate students and its Fellows in a highly successful traditional community.

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There are currently thirty-nine Fellows and eleven Research Fellows in College, of whom twentyseven are also College Tutors responsible for teaching and the welfare of students. About 95 undergraduate and 110 graduate students, in a wide range of subjects, are admitted to Lincoln each year and about 600 students are in residence at any one time. The College regularly features in the top ten in the annual ranking of Oxford colleges for academic performance in final examinations.

Further information about the College can be obtained from


Biomedical Sciences at Lincoln College

The biomedical sciences are strongly represented in Lincoln and the College has a long association with the Dunn School, having numbered among its Fellows Howard Florey, EP Abraham, Norman

Heatley, and others. This legacy lives on in the number of Statutory Professorships in pathology and related sciences that are held at Lincoln. The College Fellows include the Chair in Pathology and

Head of the Dunn School (Professor Matthew Freeman FRS), the EP Abraham Professor of Cell

Biology (Prof. Peter Cook), the Brownlee-Abraham Professor of Molecular Biology (Prof. Nick

Proudfoot) and the César Milstein Professor of Cancer Cell Biology (Prof. Jordan Raff), all of whom head research groups at the Dunn School. The Newton-Abraham Visiting Professorship in Medical,

Biological and Chemical Sciences is also held at Lincoln. In addition to these professorships the

College has also elected Professor Oreste Acuto and Professor Bass Hassan as Senior Research

Fellows of the College and Dr Aartjan t’Velthuis as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Medical Sciences .

The College has two Tutorial Fellows in Medicine, Professors Nigel Emptage and David Vaux (whose research group is also at the Dunn School) and a Tutorial Fellow in Biochemistry (Dr John Vakonakis).

Lincoln admits 10-12 students each year across the undergraduate courses in Medicine,

Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. There is also a lively group of research students. Currently,

80 of the College’s 300 postgraduate students are engaged on programmes in the medical and biomedical sciences and three new EPA Doctoral studentships in Pathology are awarded each year to students at Lincoln.

Terms of Appointment

The appointment will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a medical questionnaire and the provision of proof of the right to work in the UK.

This is a fixed-term post, one of a limited number of such posts, intended to provide a development opportunity for researchers building an academic career. The essential feature of these posts is that they are specifically designed to be held by a succession of people, each engaged for a limited term.

The BTG Fellowship is fixed for three years in the first instance, subject to the satisfactory completion of an initial probationary year. It may then be renewed for a further, final, two years. It is a condition of the appointment as BTG Junior Research Fellow that the person appointed continues to hold a suitable research position in the University of Oxford. In the event of the termination, for whatever reason, of the research post, the Junior Research Fellowship will terminate automatically on the same date.

Stipend and Benefits

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The successful candidate will receive a nominal statutory sum of £200 per annum. Any teaching or advising of graduate students undertaken for the College will be paid separately at the standard rates.

The College will also make available to the Fellow a range of allowances and benefits. a) Full common room rights, including free lunches and dinners whenever the College kitchens are open. b) Access to discretionary research funds administered by the College. c) The Fellow may apply for single-occupancy College accommodation at his or her own expense at a subsidised rate, currently £285 per month, should such accommodation be available. d) The College offers the same maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements as the

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Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will, by 1 st October 2013, hold a fully-funded research position in the Sir

William Dunn School of Pathology in the University of Oxford or, in the event that no suitable candidate from the Dunn School can be found, in another area of biomedical research at the

University of Oxford. He or she will have been awarded a higher degree (DPhil or PhD) no more than seven years prior to appointment to the BTG Fellowship (exceptions can be made for candidates whose postdoctoral career has been interrupted by, for example, childbirth, caring commitments, illness or compulsory military service; this should be fully explained in the letter of application). The Fellow will show promise of high achievement in his or her field and will have a clear research plan for the period of the Fellowship.

How to apply

The application should be sent to:

The Academic Administrator

Lincoln College

Oxford, OX1 3DR


Telephone: + 44 1865 279801

Fax: + 44 1865 279802

The closing date for applications and the last date for receipt of references direct from referees, is

12.00 noon on 9th August 2013. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that his or her application arrives before the deadline.

Applications should include:

Lincoln College, Oxford a) The completed application form (which will be found at the end of this document). b) A covering letter, including details of the research to be undertaken in Oxford. c) A full curriculum vitae including a list of publications.

Applications submitted by email are preferred.

Candidates should ask their referees to write directly to The Academic Administrator and should supply each referee with a copy of these further particulars. Referees may submit their references by email. The College wishes to take this opportunity to thank in advance those referees who write on behalf of applicants.

Candidates who wish a referee or referees to be approached only with their specific permission and/or if they are being called for interview are asked to state such requirements explicitly alongside the details of the relevant referee(s).

Should you have any queries about how to apply, please contact the Academic Administrator.

Special arrangements

Oxford welcomes applications from candidates who have a disability. These documents will be made available in large print, audio or other formats on request. Applicants invited for interview will be asked whether they require any particular arrangements to make the interview more convenient and effective for them.

Shortlisting and Interview

All applications will be acknowledged after receipt and will be considered by the selection committee as soon as possible after the closing date. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. It is likely that interviews will be held in the week beginning 9 th September 2013. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in good time before the date of interview. All reasonable interview expenses will be reimbursed. Interview candidates in need of overnight accommodation will be invited to stay at Lincoln College

Candidates will be asked to give a short presentation. Further details about these, and about all other aspects of the selection process, will be sent to short-listed candidates in advance of the interviews.

The policies and practices of Lincoln College require that all Fellows and members of staff are offered equal opportunities within employment and that entry into employment with the University and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria that are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant or postholder will be treated less favourably than another because of his or her gender, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, religion or belief, racial group, age or disability.

Where suitably qualified individuals are available, selection committees will contain at least one member of each sex.

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Post Reference Number: AC2013/005

Please complete this form and attach a full curriculum vitae together with a letter of application explaining why you are applying for this position and describing the research you will be undertaking in Oxford.

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It is the College’s policy to employ the best qualified personnel and provide equal opportunities for the advancement of employees including promotion and training and not to discriminate against any person because of age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, nationality, national origin, parental status, race, religion or belief, gender, or sexual orientation.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon BST on August 9


, 2013.

Oxford welcomes applications from candidates who have a disability. This document is available in large print, in audio, or in other formats on request