Professor/Chair of Advanced Pharmacotherapy


UCC wishes to appoint a Chair and Professor in Advanced Pharmacotherapy (Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, School of Medicine with a secondary affiliation to School of Pharmacy). The post-holder will provide academic leadership in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UCC. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and research leadership and will lead the continued growth and development of collaborative, funded research programmes in Pharmacology in a translational research environment. This includes the process of discovery of mechanisms of action of next generation medicines in an environment of predictive diagnosis and the development of precision therapeutics agents in a collaborative setting.

The post-holder will make a substantial contribution to the continuous development and delivery of UCC’s Masters and PhD programmes in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Through excellent leadership, the post-holder will continuously develop a world-class collaborative and high-impact postgraduate research programme in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, training future leaders, positioning UCC as an international leader in advanced pharmacotherapy.

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with expertise in translational pharmacology or those with interests in one or more of the following thematic areas in Future medicines: 

  • Predictive diagnostics
  • Precision therapeutics.
  • Next generation pharmacotherapy.

Informal queries about this post can be made in confidence to: Professor David Kerins, Professor of Therapeutics

This position is being filled as part of UCC Futures - Future Medicines.

What is UCC Futures – Future Medicines 

UCC Futures - Future Medicines combines a multidisciplinary team of renowned world leading scientists, engineers and clinician investigators at University College Cork and affiliated hospitals working collaboratively from bench to bedside, to advance the translation of next generation medicines and medical treatments for chronic disease conditions. 

It leverages the expertise and infrastructure across multiple Schools in UCC’s College of Medicine & Health, in addition to UCC Research Centres and Institutes including APC Microbiome Ireland and our flagship Tyndall National Institute. This unique translational environment will become a magnet for small & medium enterprise and  multi-national corporation investment in the region particularly across the biopharma, healthcare and medtech sectors. 

UCC Futures - Future Medicines is creating step-change advancements in earlier detection, faster prognosis and targeted treatments to reduce the global health burden and improve quality-of-life for patients with chronic conditions, such as cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, and inflammatory diseases. 

Duties of the post

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.

Leadership | Research | Teaching and ExaminingContributions


  1. Demonstrate academic leadership through teaching, research and scholarship, and in any other appropriate manner;
  2. Mentor, support and advise junior staff as appropriate and assist in their academic career development in teaching and research and foster the research and scholarship of other individuals and groups within their school and the university.


  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. 4. 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. The candidate will be expected to develop and lead a research theme within the UCC Futures - Future Medicines cluster; lead (as required) and participate in meetings of the cluster; contribute to the development and growth of the overall cluster; engage with the Cluster Director on research alignment and funding opportunities to develop the research theme;
  4. Supervise postgraduate research students (particularly PhD students);
  5. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.

Teaching and Examining

  1. Promote excellence in teaching and learning and encourage the application of innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the School of Medicine 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. Lead 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 s/he may judge to be expedient; also, to make such arrangements as s/he 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 s/he is an examiner.


  1. Promote 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. Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
  4. Contribute to 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 s/he 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;

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as can 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

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the following essential criteria:

Qualifications | LeadershipTeaching and Examining | Research | Contributions | Other


Essential Criteria

  1. Be in possession of a higher degree at doctoral level or equivalent.
  2. If Medically qualified, be registered (or be able to register) with the Medical Council of Ireland on the general register.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Have a postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


Essential Criteria

  1. The ability to provide vision and leadership in the development of Pharmacology and Therapeutics within the strategic frameworks of the College of Medicine and Health and the University.
  2. 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. Demonstrates evidence of successful collaborative research, specifically translational pharmacology and therapeutics research, with clinical partners and / or with other academic partners within and external to employing institution
  5. Demonstrable experience of leadership in advancing gender equality.


Essential Criteria

  1. A record of successful leadership and international recognition through research and scholarly activity within the discipline, including research supervision, examining, editing and refereeing, as appropriate for the discipline.
  2. Be able to demonstrate successful applications for funding of research projects.
  3. International standing as a leading researcher and scholar in Pharmacology and Therapeutics 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 significant achievement in and commitment to excellence in research-led teaching and learning in pharmacology and therapeutics, 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.
  3. Delivery and leadership of education in health care professional programmes, including Medicine and Pharmacy

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 senior administrative experience and the capacity and willingness to act as head of an academic unit
  2. Evidence of holding significant positions of responsibility.
  3. Evidence of participation in relevant academic and professional associations/ bodies as appropriate
  4. 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 own initiative as well as part of a team.
  3. A commitment to the long-term development of the discipline.

Salary Information

Appointment may be made on the Professor Salary Scale: €129,708 - €163,981 (Scale B) / €123,223 - €158,354 (Scale A)
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 - Future Medicines 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 - Future Medicines initiative.

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

  • Publications,
  • Research Interests,
  • Grants and Funding,
  • 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. 

  • Contact: Informal queries about this post can be made in confidence to: Professor David Kerins, Professor of Therapeutics

Deadline for applications

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12pm (Irish Standard Time) on Thursday, 16 March 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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