Professor Consultant Chair in Oral Medicine


UCC wishes to appoint an experienced professional to the role of Professor/Consultant in Oral Medicine. The role is to support the College of Medicine and Health in achieving the University’s strategic objective. The duties will include academic and clinical teaching, clinical activities and research contributions to the university, the discipline and the community.

This position is being filled as part of UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health.

UCC Futures is an ambitious new programme of research prioritisation, coupled with an innovative academic recruitment strategy spanning 10 strategically important indicative areas encompassing the humanities, arts, social sciences, STEM, health, business and law.

UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health is a once in a generation opportunity to generate an ecosystem that will maximise the potential of our academic expertise and provide tangible, impactful, solutions in response to one of the most important global challenges of our time.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Paul Brady.

Duties of the post at Professor Type (A) level

In accordance with the university’s strategic objective as a research-led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community.  The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Head of School. 

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, that statutory provision takes precedent.  For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.

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  1. Demonstrate academic leadership, vision and strategy in supporting the development of Oral Medicine through teaching, research and scholarship.
  2. Mentor, support and advise junior staff as appropriate and assist in their academic career development in teaching and research.


  1. Engage in high quality and productive research and scholarship of international standing and contribute to the advancement of knowledge within his/her discipline and publish his/her research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline. 
  2. Carry out and lead as appropriate, initiatives in  generating research income and assist in the co-ordination of research funding activities within the discipline/school, as appropriate to the discipline. 
  3. Supervise students undertaking research projects (including doctoral theses both PhD and taught clinical doctorates – DClinDent).
  4. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant both to the discipline and the senior level of the post. 

Teaching and Examining

  1. Promote excellence in teaching and learning.  Support both the development and the application of innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the Dental School and Hospital and within other academic units in the university, as appropriate.
  2. Teach and examine on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and, where appropriate, adult and continuing education courses and make a distinguished personal contribution to teaching at all levels. 
  3. Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. 
  4. Contribute to, and take a leadership role where appropriate in the regular evaluation of curricula, and the development of new curricular initiatives. 
  5. Perform a significant role in the development of postgraduate studies at UCC. 
  6. Play a significant role in the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of the curriculum within his/her subject areas.  
  • To give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as he/she may judge to be expedient;
  • also, to make such arrangements as he/she sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • To give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge;  To hold, or assist at, all university examinations in the subjects with which he/she is an examiner; 


  1. Enhance the promotion of the discipline both inside and outside the university and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the university and society. 
  2. Serve if required as Head of one of the college’s academic units subject to relevant university regulations, statutes and management requirements. 
  3. Actively seek to develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate. 
  4. Play a significant role in the administrative duties of the discipline/department/school and to act as a member of such committees as may be required within the university. 
  5. Fulfil other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Head of School.
  6. Carry out other duties as may arise as identified in the university statutes.
  • To carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit.
  • If a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings. 
  • To serve upon all the committees to which he/she may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the university.    


  1. Provide consultation and patient treatment services in Oral Medicine in accordance with the set commitments of the post at Cork University Dental School and Hospital for both patients treated under the SLA (Service Level Agreement) with the HSE (Health Service Executive) and Non SLA patients. 
  2. Be a clinical trainer for postgraduate clinical training programmes. 
  3. Participate in the clinical management of the Dental Hospital. 
  4. Participate in development of and undertake all duties and functions pertinent to the Consultant’s area of competence in line with policies as specified by the University/Head of School. 
  5. Ensure that duties and functions are undertaken in a manner that minimises delays for patients and possible disruption of services.
  6. Participate in the development and operation of the CUDSH clinical governance structure and in such management or representative structures as are in place or being developed. The Consultant shall receive training and support to enable him/her to participate fully in such structures.
  7. Provide, as appropriate, consultation in the Consultant’s area of designated expertise in respect of patients of other Consultants at their request.
  8. Supervise and be responsible for diagnosis, treatment and care provided by qualified junior staff treating patients under the Consultant’s care.
  9. Participate as a right and obligation in selection processes for staff as appropriate. The Employer will provide training as required. The Employer shall ensure that a Consultant representative of the relevant specialty / sub-specialty is involved in the selection process. 
  10. Participate in clinical audit and proactive risk management and facilitate production of all data/information required for same in accordance with regulatory, statutory and corporate policies and procedures.
  11. Participate in and facilitate production of all data/information required to validate delivery of duties and functions and inform planning and management of service delivery.

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as may reasonably be expected.  All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the discipline/department/school, college and university.  The university is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.   

Selection Criteria

To be appointed as Professor (Type A) the successful candidate will be expected to have:

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Essential Criteria

  1. Have a dental degree and be registered (or be able to register) with the Dental Council of Ireland on both the general register.
  2. Have a medical degree and be registered (or be able to register) with the Medical Council of Ireland on the general register. 
  3. Be in possession of a higher degree at doctoral level or equivalent.
  4. Be in possession of an IFSE exit fellowship in Oral Medicine.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Demonstrate expertise and wide experience in the practice of Oral Medicine.
  2. Have a postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.


Essential Criteria

  1. The ability to contribute substantially to the development of Oral Medicine within the strategic framework of the College of Medicine and Health and the university.
  2. Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills commensurate with leading and supporting a team of committed academic and administrative colleagues together with the demonstrated ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment.
  3. Evidence of leadership potential in both teaching and research.
  4. Demonstrable experience of leadership in advancing gender equality.


Essential Criteria

  1. Have an appropriate record as a researcher and scholar in the relevant discipline as evidenced by significant peer reviewed publications.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Be able to demonstrate successful applications for funding of research projects.
  2. International standing as a leading researcher and scholar in oral medicine as evidenced through a substantial volume and consistent and continued output of high quality referred publications, creative works or other appropriate forms of scholarship and a strong research funding record, as appropriate to the discipline.

Teaching and Examining

Essential Criteria

  1. Evidence of high quality achievement in and commitment to excellence in research-led teaching and learning in Oral Medicine and other related fields within the discipline. Both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and a willingness to both contribute to and lead in the development of the teaching programmes offered by the academic unit.
  2. The ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment and where the opportunity has existed, to develop and lead postgraduate supervision.

Desirable Criteria

  1. A familiarity with and willingness to use modern teaching technologies and potential for innovative teaching and curriculum development.
  2. Evidence of contribution to innovation in teaching and in curriculum or programme development, review and evaluation.


Essential Criteria

  1. Proven administrative experience and evidence of holding significant positions of responsibility.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Evidence of significant participation in relevant academic and professional associations/bodies as appropriate.
  2. Ability to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the university, the academic discipline and society at large.


Essential Criteria

  1. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students and staff members on the team.
  2. Evidence of ability to work on his/her own initiative as well as part of a team.
  3. A commitment to the long-term development of the discipline.

Candidates who do not demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria as detailed above will not be shortlisted.

Salary Information

Appointment may be made on the UCC Academic Consultant (Type A Professor) Salary Scale: €219,538 - €247,908

Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications for this post

How to apply

Applications for this post are received through UCC's online application portal. You'll be required to set up a profile (if you don't already have one). 

You can find the posts associated with UCC Futures: Food, Microbiome and Health by selecting 'Academic UCC Futures' in the search by vacancy type field.

Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job title.

What to include in your application

Applications should consist of your academic CV and a cover letter demonstrating your academic and research achievements. We would also like to hear about your research ambitions and how your academic and research profile aligns with the UCC Futures: Food, Microbiome and Health initiative.

Details of the following should also be included, as appropriate:

  • Publications,
  • Research Interests,
  • Teaching Interests and Abilities,
  • Teaching Objectives and Methods.  

Who to contact

We encourage all applicants to contact us prior to making an application for the position. 

Deadline for applications

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12pm (Irish Standard Time) on Thursday, 16 February 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

Equality statement

University College Cork is committed to being a fully inclusive global university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are core values under our UCC 2022 Strategic Plan. UCC holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing equality in higher education. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of age, care-giving status, disability, ethnicity, gender and/or gender identity or expression status, nationality, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/creed, and/or sexual orientation. We are committed to supporting all staff through flexible working schemes, family-friendly policies, training and development, and staff networks. We value the enrichment that comes from a diverse community and seek to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of each individual in line with equality legislation. We encourage applicants to consult our Dignity and Respect Policy and learn more about our EDI related initiatives.

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