Professor (Scale 2) in Clinical Pharmacy Practice


Applications are invited for the fixed term whole-time post (5 years) of Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Scale 2) in the School of Pharmacy, within the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork in Ireland.  The appointee will have an established and internationally recognised academic career in Clinical Pharmacy Practice with experience of leading innovative research programmes, evidence of significant grant capture and a high-quality publication record. The successful candidate will be expected to play a major role in leadership within the School of Pharmacy, to further develop of the discipline of Clinical Pharmacy Practice, and to be an effective contributor to research, research-led teaching and administration elements in UCC. This new post in Clinical Pharmacy is aligned to ‘UCC Futures’ programme  and specifically ‘Future Medicines’ – a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and clinician investigators at UCC, working across disciplines to translate next generation medicines and medical technology for diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases. Applications are particularly welcome from those whose research interests are translational and/or transformative in the context of patient-focused pharmaceutical care, for example, in one or more of the following thematic areas in Future medicines:  

  • Pharmacoeconomics and health technology assessment
  • Pharmacovigilance and medicine safety
  • Pharmacometrics and medicine optimisation
  • Patient access to medicines
  • Patient acceptability and Patient needs for Future medicines  

The successful appointee will hold an academic qualification to PhD/Doctorate level in Clinical Pharmacy/Pharmacy related discipline and be registered (or be eligible to register) as a pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI). 

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to the Head of the School of Pharmacy, Professor Brendan Griffin

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 to deliver high-impact, transformational, next generation medicines and medical technologies. 

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 and Responsibilities

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as 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 the School of Pharmacy.

The appointee will be a full member of the School of Pharmacy Executive (as Discipline head) and may be required to deputise as Head of the School as necessary. The appointee will report to the Head of the School of Pharmacy.

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 provisions take 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.

The successful candidate of this position will be expected to undertake international travel to promote the School of Pharmacy (UCC) and its degree Programme. They will also be expected to play a significant role in the further development of the five-year integrated MPharm degree programme in Ireland and in developing new programmes for the international market at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. They will play a key role in the strategic international agenda of the School of Pharmacy (UCC).

Leadership | Research | Teaching and ExaminingContributions


  1. Demonstrate clear vision and strategy to support the development of Clinical Pharmacy Practice through teaching, research and scholarship;
  2. Mentor, support and advise 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 academic unit and the University.


  1. Engage in high quality and productive research and scholarship of international standing and contribute to the advancement of knowledge within the Clinical Pharmacy and Future Medicines, publish his/her research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline;
  2. Actively lead research collaborations within School/UCC Future Medicines and with other research institutions and with external stakeholders e.g., pharmaceutical industry, clinical/healthcare groups;
  3. 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;
  4. Supervise students undertaking research projects (especially at PhD level).
  5. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.
  6. 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.

Teaching and Examining

  1. Promote excellence in teaching and learning and support in both the development and the application of innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the School of Pharmacy and within other academic units in the University, and abroad with our international partners as appropriate;
  2. Teach and examine on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and where appropriate, adult and continuing education courses and make a significant 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 Clinical Pharmacy
  • 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. Enhance the promotion 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 the Head of the School of Pharmacy or other academic unit 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 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 or Head of College;
  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 criteria:

Qualifications | LeadershipTeaching and Examining | Research | Contributions | Other


Essential Criteria

  1. A doctorate degree in Clinical Pharmacy Practice or a Pharmacy related discipline.
  2. A primary degree in Pharmacy.
  3. Membership of, or eligibility for membership of, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.


Essential Criteria

  1. The ability to contribute substantially to the development of the School of Pharmacy within the strategic frameworks of the College of Medicines & Health and the University;
  2. Evidence of leadership potential in both teaching and research;
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills commensurate with playing a significant role within a team of committed academic and administrative colleagues together with the demonstrated ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment.
  4. Evidence of leadership potential for the long-term development of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy UCC.

Desirable Criteria

  1. The ability to lead accreditation visits by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) for continued accreditation of the MPharm degree, to include familiarity with the PSI accreditation standards and statutory reporting requirements.
  2. Demonstrable experience of leadership in advancing gender equality


Essential Criteria

  1. International standing as a leading researcher and scholar in the Clinical Pharmacy Practice as evidenced through a substantial volume and consistent and continued output of high quality refereed publications, creative works or other appropriate forms of scholarship and a strong research funding record, as appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Evidence of international reputation and peer recognition in the applicant’s discipline through research and scholarly activity within the discipline, including research supervision, examining, editing and refereeing, as appropriate for the discipline;
  3. Evidence of attracting funding through competitive research grants or other research funding sources as relevant
  4. A record of successful leadership and international recognition through research and scholarly activity within 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 Clinical Pharmacy Practice 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. Evidence of a contribution to innovation in teaching and in curriculum or programme development, review and evaluation;
  3. 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 to doctorate level;

Desirable Criteria

  1. A familiarity with and a willingness to use modern teaching technologies.


Essential Criteria

  1. Proven administrative experience and evidence of holding significant positions of responsibility including personnel and financial management;
  2. Ability to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large

Desirable Criteria

  1. A willingness to act as Head of the School of Pharmacy;
  2. The ability to establish high level working relationships with professional and regulatory bodies such as The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, the Department of Health and the pharmaceutical industry.
  3. Evidence of significant participation in relevant academic and professional associations/ bodies as appropriate; 


Essential Criteria

  1. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students;
  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 (Scale 2) Salary Scale: €109,602 - €128,722 (Scale B) / €104,122 - €122,287 (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. 

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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