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Research Associate

Department of Informatics

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

R6/CEM/927/12-JM


Contents
 Explanatory notes, including application procedure.
 Further particulars, including:
 • Information about King’s College London, and the post;
 • Job description;
 • Person specification;
 • Summary of the terms and conditions of service.




                                                            Template version: July 2012
Explanatory notes
Please read carefully before completing the application form
Thank you for your enquiry regarding a post at King’s College London. Enclosed is a set of further
particulars for this post. These comprise: a job description and person specification; general
information about the College, School and Department; as well as the main terms and conditions of
the post.

Application procedure
Should you wish to apply for this position, please send the following:

 a completed Personal details form and Equal opportunities monitoring form (CTRL + click the link)

 a copy of a short statement setting out your reasons for applying for the post and highlighting the
  particular skill and experience which you feel you would bring to the role

 a copy of a current curriculum vitae, which should include inter alia:
   your full name with title
   details of your present post with date of appointment
   education
    o degrees (subject, class, institution, date of award)
    o other academic/professional qualifications (subject, level, institution, date of award)
    o distinctions other than degrees
   membership of professional and learned societies
   teaching and research experience
   administrative and management experience
   grants obtained
   publications


To email: recruitmentteam3@kcl.ac.uk


Applications should be made electronically in Word or PDF format.

Please ensure you quote reference number R6/CEM/927/12-JM on all correspondence.

Informal enquiries should be made via email to Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara
(thrish.antha@kcl.ac.uk) or Professor Kaspar Althoefer (k.althoefer@kcl.ac.uk).


Closing date: 10 October 2012


Interview date scheduled for: to be confirmed


Please advise your referees that they may be contacted and asked to provide a reference at short
notice.




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Equal opportunities

King's College London recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of
diversity are integral to its academic and economic strengths. The following principles apply in
respect of the College’s commitment to equality and diversity:
 To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity;
 To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential
  community;
 To ensure that all College members and prospective members are treated solely on the basis of their
  merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable
  treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion
  or belief, sex, sexual orientation, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant
  distinction;
 To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from
  prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation;
 To promote good relations between individuals from different groups.

Applicants with disabilities

King's College London is keen to increase the number of disabled people it employs. We therefore
encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the
post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please contact the Human Resources
Advisor responsible for the administration of the post.

Travel expenses

The College normally reimburses reasonable travel costs to and from interview within the United
Kingdom. Regrettably, only limited contribution to travel costs for applicants from outside the UK
may be available. Please contact the Head of Department before making your reservation.

Response

We very much regret that due to limited resources and the large number of applications we currently
receive, we are only able to inform short listed candidates of the outcome of their application.
If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been
unsuccessful on this occasion. We would like to assure you, however, that every application we receive
is considered in detail and a shortlist only drawn up after careful reference to a detailed person
specification.
If therefore, your application is not successful, we hope that you will not be discouraged and will still
apply for other suitable vacancies at King’s College London as and when they are advertised.

Thank you for your interest in King’s College London.




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Further particulars

The College
King’s College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2011/2012 QS international
world rankings), the Sunday Times 'University of the Year 2010/11' and the fourth oldest in England.
A research-led university based in the heart of London, it has more than 24,000 students (of whom
nearly 10,000 are graduate students) from 150 countries and more than 6,100 employees.
  King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in
the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in
the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in
the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £525
million.

There are nine Schools of Study:
 Arts & Humanities
 Biomedical Sciences
 Dental Institute
 Dickson Poon School of Law
 Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery
 Institute of Psychiatry
 Medicine
 Natural & Mathematical Sciences
 Social Science & Public Policy

King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a
wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences
including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped
modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of
radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare
professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.

The School
The School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences came into being on 1 August 2010, following a
restructuring of the current School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. The new School currently
comprises the Departments of Informatics, Mathematics, Physics, as well as the Institute of
Telecommunications. All areas have highly-rated research activities and the School runs a wide-
ranging portfolio of Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes. The School has around 2000
undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is supported by a School Office, Departmental Staff, and
Site Personnel and Management Accounting services.


The Department
The Department is located on the Strand Campus of King’s College, which is in the heart of central
London, close to both the cultural activities of the West End and to the financial centres of the city,
and within easy reach of almost all the major railway stations.

Research Profile

The new Department of Informatics was formed in August 2010 as a combination of the former
Department of Computer Science with the Robotics and Telecommunications groups from the
Division of Engineering. The Department currently has four research groups:


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       Planning, Agents, & Intelligent Systems (PAIS)
       Software Modelling & Applied Logic (SMAL)
       Algorithms & Bioinformatics (AB)
       Centre for Robotics Research (CORE)

A key challenge for all members of the new Department will be to develop research collaborations
between the four principal research groups, and to develop interdisciplinary research and teaching
initiatives with other departments in the School and College, particularly in relation to health &
medicine, and security.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Computer Science at King's was rated as having
70% of its research outputs as world leading or internationally excellent. Furthermore, 95% of all
research activity (with 96% of academic staff submitted) was judged to be at least internationally
recognised.

Teaching & Learning

The Department of Informatics runs several undergraduate programmes, including the BSc
Computer Science, BSc Computer Science with Management, BSc Computer Science with Intelligent
Systems, BSc Computer Science with Robotics, MSci Computer Science, MSci Robotics and
Intelligent Systems.

There are currently approximately 330 full-time undergraduate students.

The Department also runs a group of successful MSc programmes in Advanced Computing,
Advanced Software Engineering, Bioinformatics (taught jointly with academics from the King’s
Health Schools), Computing & Internet Systems, Computing, IT Law & Management, Computing &
Security, Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Web Intelligence.

There are currently approximately 200 MSc students.

The Department of Informatics is keen to expand its postgraduate research programme, in which
there are currently approximately 100 PhD students.

Staff

When all current and anticipated vacancies have been filled, it is expected that the Department of
Informatics will have 52 full-time academic staff, supported by teams of administrative and technical
staff.




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The Post
A Post-Doctoral position will be available as of October 2012 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for 3
years in the EU Project STIFF-FLOP. STIFF-FLOP denotes “STIFFness controllable Flexible and
Learn-able Manipulator for surgical OPerations”. King’s College London is the coordinator of STIFF-
FLOP collaborating with the following eleven partners:

1)       Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, SSSA, Italy
2)       Foundation Tecnalia Research and Innovation, TRI, Spain
3)       Przemyslowy Instytut Automatyki i Pomiarow, PIAP, Poland
4)       Italian Institute of Technology, IIT, Italy
5)       Hebrew University, HUJI, Israel
6)       University of Surrey, UoS, UK
7)       University of Siegen, USiegen, Germany
8)       Shadow, UK
9)       Fundacja Rozwoju Kardiochirurgii, FRK, Poland
10)      European Association for Endoscopic Surgery, EAES, Netherlands.
11)      University of Turin, UNITO, Italy.

The research will be performed within the highly esteemed Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe)
based on the Strand Campus at King’s College London which has recently been incorporated into the
Department of Informatics, School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. The work performed will
be expected to achieve significant impact, therefore further enhancing the reputation of CoRe and
ensuring that the CoRe maintains its impressive record in winning funding. The person undertaking
the research will interact with Professors, Lecturers and other Research Associates at the CoRe and
within STIFF-FLOP, contributing to the life of the Centre and ensuring the strength of the work
performed in the project through appropriate communication. The employed researcher will be
working as part of a team of King’s Research Associates involved in the project and will, together with
his/her colleagues, spearhead King’s representation.

Departing from the traditional robotic manipulation concepts that rely on fixed stiffness
distributions, the STIFF-FLOP project takes inspiration from biological “manipulation and actuation”
principles as they are, for example, found in the octopus who can turn its links from a completely soft
state into a state of precise and, if needed, powerful articulation – an approach that combines
advantages associated with both soft and hard systems by selectively controlling the stiffness of
various parts of the body depending on the task requirements. Tightly integrating the input from
established experts in biology, cognitive sciences, robotics, sensing and medical sciences, this project
aims to overcome the drawbacks of current robotic manipulation concepts and to move into a new era
for flexible robotics with great promise for many applications areas including minimally invasive
surgery. Although we expect this field to bring new challenges when exploring the behaviours of such
“stiff-flop” manipulators and how they interact dynamically with their environment, there are many
advantages: the ability to squeeze through narrow gaps and openings, inherent compliance leading to
increased safety especially when in contact with humans, hyper-redundancy for improved
reachability in a obstacle-cluttered environment and increased adaptability to and stability in a
possibly unpredictable environment.




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With the aim to create an embodiment of an artificial, flexible manipulation device modelled after the
octopus limb, the STIFF-FLOP project will develop a new design approach to soft robotic
manipulators whose physical morphology and control policies will adapt continuously in order to
maintain an optimal symbiosis with uncertain environments and unpredictable task constraints in
collaboration with a human operator in applications such as minimally invasive surgery. We take the
view that the uncertainty or stochasticity of the environment itself is an important architect of
internal cognition that effectively organizes the body to maintain stable interactions with the real
world. We believe that our approach is novel and will lay the foundation for robotic cognitive systems
that can creatively face the uncertainty in the real world by allowing the uncertainty itself to drive the
synthesis of cognition that can in turn control the agile body to co-exist with the uncertain world in a
meaningful manner.

The work to be carried out in STIFF-FLOP at KCL will be guided by Professor Althoefer and Dr
Nanayakkara and their colleagues, Professors Lakmal D Seneviratne in the Departments of
Informatics of KCL as well as Professor Prokar Dasgupta, Department of Urology, Guy’s Hospital.
There will be considerable co-ordination of this work with the collaborating partners across Europe
and meetings at the various partners will take place several times every year.

The research areas and associated tasks for this Research Associate will consist of cognitive models
for distributed learning and control of a soft robot manipulator, skill innovation in posture and
dynamic force control based on demonstrations, and adaptive bimanual human-robot collaboration
in visco-elastic force control. The developments of this part of the work will contribute to the
following objectives:

  To develop distributed embedded controllers in a soft manipulator to maintain a given position
   and posture of the end-effector and achieve a given body stiffness at selected sites along the
   manipulator.
  To develop a cognitive model to observe human control commands that can be variable across
   trials, to extract task related goals of an expert human operator in order to innovate distributed
   posture and configuration control skills relevant to a given soft robot manipulator.

The work associated with this project should be closely coordinated with related work in distributed
sensing, 3D haptic feedback, biological inspiration from Octopus motor control system, and physical
realization of the soft robot manipulator. The microcontrollers that host the distributed controllers
will have to be physically located in the soft body itself. In order facilitate smooth coordination, all
prototyping should be done in hardware in the loop simulators that start with complete simulated
models with gradual progress to a complete hardware solution.

The RA is expected to have a solid foundation in force/tactile, stiffness as well as position sensing and
bring a systems engineering approach to the project. The RA is expected to integrate the sensors with
the manipulator hardware and provide algorithms that analyse the acquired sensor data so that it can
be used by other project partners for control and actuation. A good knowledge of haptics would be
desirable.




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Job description
Post title                             Research Associate

Department/Division/Directorate Department of Informatics

Grade                                  6

Responsible for                        N/A

Responsible to                         Professor Kaspar Althoefer


Role purpose


   To perform research in the areas of sensing (force/tactile, stiffness and position), sensor signal
    analysis and classification, haptic feedback and system integration. To be capable of applying
    knowledge to create miniature, flexible manipulators to be used in minimally invasive surgery.

   To work closely with Professor Althoefer, Dr Nanayakkara, Professors Seneviratne and Dasgupta
    on project research tasks, monitoring milestones and deliverables and preparing reports for
    funders. To collaborate with partners, prepare papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals,
    and present findings at conferences.


Role outline - main responsibilities

Key objectives

   Work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) and the Co-investigators to ensure smooth
    running of the project and be responsible for ensuring that the research and development tasks of
    the project are carried out in a timely and effective way
   Collaborate, liaise, and coordinate with EU project partners
   Contribute to regular reports to the funder
   Monitor project milestones and deliverables
   Maintain appropriate records as part of project management
   Write papers for publication in journals and for presentation at conferences, seminars and other
    meetings
   Report verbally and in writing on all aspects of work undertaken as required by the project and
    the project supervisors
   Attend and take an active part in project meetings and make presentations of the work done as
    required by the project and the project supervisors
   Participate in review meetings as appropriate
   Support and be actively involved in events, conferences and workshops run by the project to
    develop the project outputs and research agenda
   Ensure confidentiality on all matters and information obtained during the course of employment
   Contribute to the development of further research proposals
   Develop as an independent investigator in a specific area of research
   The post holder must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means
    in line with the Data Protection Act
   Contribute to the running and internal organisation and quality assurance processes of the
    research group


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Communication & networking

  Attend, as required by the project supervisors, appropriate conferences, seminars and meetings to
   network and gain knowledge and experience relevant to the project
  Participate in networks and events within the institution or externally, in order to build contacts
   to facilitate exchange of information and advance thinking
  Contribute to the production of research reports and publications
  Present information on research progress and outcomes to supervising bodies
  Liaise with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters
  Make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and form
   relationships for future collaboration (e.g. identify sources of funding, obtain consultancy
   projects, build relationships for future activities)

Decision making, planning & problem solving

    Develop new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding
    Resolve problems of meeting research objectives and deadlines, in agreement with the PI
    Develop ideas for application of research outcomes
    Be involved in the planning, prioritisation and organisation of work and resources within the
     research group
    Contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues within the research group and the
     division in relevant areas of research
    Make use of standard research techniques and methods
    Plan own day-to-day research activity within the framework of the agreed programme
    Co-ordinate own work with that of others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort

Service delivery

  Work independently in defined areas and techniques in which appropriate training has been
   given
  Ensure the laboratory is maintained in a good state of tidiness and orderliness
  Contribute to the maintenance of databases in relation to the project
  Manage aspects of the Laboratory, including ordering consumables and helping ensure
   compliance with health and safety rules
  Provide answers to specialist queries, providing detailed information and a range of solutions
  Deal with internal and external contacts

Analysis & research

  Undertake research – developing new strategies and protocols for the areas: sensing
   (force/tactile, stiffness and manipulator position), sensor signal analysis and classification, haptic
   feedback, and systems integration and interfacing.
  Analyse and interpret research data
  Write reports and scientific papers
  Identify sources of funding and contribute to the writing of grant applications
  Assess, interpret and evaluate outcomes of research

Team work, teaching & learning support

  Work within the research group and provide mutual support and encouragement
  Develop productive working relationships with other members of staff
  Attend and contribute to relevant meetings and regular seminars in the school


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   Identify own training and learning needs and relevant training courses within or outside KCL
   Take lead responsibility for a small research project or identified parts of a large project
   Contribute to teaching within areas of expertise, as appropriate, for career development, as agreed
    with the PI
   Oversee the work of potential MSc and PhD students, as appropriate for career development and
    as agreed with the PI

Sensory/physical demands & work environment

   Travel to attend conferences and meetings within and outside the UK. Overnight stays may be
    required.
   Carry out tasks that require the learning of certain skills
   Be aware of the risks in the work environment

Specific Aspects - indicate frequency D (daily), W (weekly), M (monthly) where
applicable:


 Intensive Display Screen Equipment work         X     Direct patient contact involving exposure prone       n/a
 (eg. data entry or digital microscopy):               procedures (EPP):

 Heavy manual handling:                          n/a   Direct patient contact, no EPP                        n/a

 Highly repetitive tasks (eg. pipetting or re-   n/a   Work with patient specimens (eg. blood or tissue      n/a
 shelving books):                                      samples):

 Shift work, night work or call-out duties:      n/a   Work with GM organisms or biological agents           n/a
                                                       that may pose a hazard to human health:

 Work involving risk of exposure to              n/a   Hazards which require health surveillance eg.         n/a
 environmental or human pathogens (eg in               respiratory sensitisers (allergens, substances with
 waste streams or soils):                              risk phrase R42, wood dust etc) or loud noise:

 Driving vehicles on College business:           n/a   Food handling or preparation:                         n/a

 Work at height (eg. ladders, scaffolds etc)     n/a   Work in confined spaces (eg. sump rooms, etc)         n/a

Pastoral care

     Display appropriate respect and consideration for other researchers and colleagues at all times
      and follow standard procedures regarding confidentiality.
     Deal with standard problems and help colleagues resolve their concerns about progress in
      research.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Organisational chart




                                                                                                     Head of Department
                                                                                                    Professor Michael Luck




                                                                                                                    Planning, Agents and Intelligent Systems
            Bioinformatics and Algorithm Design             Software Modelling and Applied Logic                    Head of Group: Professor Peter McBurney                     Centre for Robotics Research
          Head of Group: Professor Costas Iliopoulos      Head of Group: Professor Maribel Fernandez                                                                      Head of Group: Professor Kaspar Althoefer
                                                                                                               Dr Elizabeth Black, Dr Andrew Coles, Professor Maria
          Professor Colin Cooper, Professor Maxime     Dr Agi Kurucz, Dr Kevin Lano, Dr Richard Overill, Dr     Fox, Professor Andrew Jones, Dr Jeroen Keppens,            Professor Jian S Dai, Dr Hak-Keung Lam,
          Crochemore, Dr Tomas Radzik, Dr Kathleen     Odinaldo Rodrigues, Dr Laurence Tratt, Dr Christian        Professor Derek Long, Professor Michael Luck,          Dr HongbinLiu, Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara,
                 Steinhofel, Dr Sophia Tsoka                       Urban, Dr Steffen Zschaler                    Dr Simon Miles, Dr Sanjay Modgil, Dr Katarzyna-      Professor Lakmal Seneviratne, Dr Michael Spratling
                                                                                                                                       Gabrys
Special requirements

 You will be required to work irregular hours in accordance with the needs of the role.
 Information of a confidential nature must be kept strictly confidential and should never be
  disclosed either inside or outside work. It should be noted that breach of confidentiality is a serious
  offence which may lead to dismissal.
 This appointment is subject to Occupational Health clearance. Should you be offered this post you
  will be sent an Occupational Health Questionnaire along with your contract of employment. When
  the Occupational Health Department have evaluated your questionnaire and declared that you are
  fit for appointment, your appointment will be formally confirmed.
 You will be expected to teach and/or assist, as appropriate, using both traditional and innovative
  methods in such areas as eLearning, short courses, blended learning, summer courses, distance
  learning, multi-media learning, this list is not exhaustive but to give an indication of the type of
  areas currently offered.

General
All staff are expected to adhere to King’s policies and procedures.

Date
August 2012

Please note
This job description reflects the core activities of the role and as the College and the post-holder
develop there will inevitably be changes in the emphasis of duties. It is expected that the post-holder
recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work and be willing to participate in training.

  If changes to the job become significant, the job description should be reviewed formally by the
post-holder and line manger. The Human Resources department should then be consulted as to the
implications of the proposed changes.




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Person specification
Eligibility to work in the United Kingdom
International applications will be considered for this position. If you do not have permission to enter,
remain and work in the United Kingdom you will need to pass a points-based immigration
assessment. Before you apply for this job you must ascertain whether you have sufficient points to
qualify under Tier 1 (Post study work) and/or Tier 2(General) schemes1. If you do not have sufficient
points please do not apply as you will not be granted permission to enter the United Kingdom. Click
on the following link to the points calculator: Border & Immigration Agency Points-based calculator.
  At the interview you will be asked to furnish the panel with the details of the route (Tier 1 (Post
study work) and/or Tier 2 (General) you would be eligible to follow. Please note that should you have
sufficient points this does not mean your application will be successful. In the event your application
is successful there is no guarantee that your application for a visa will be granted, in which event the
offer will be withdrawn.

                                                                                 E   D
Criteria                                                                         S   E
                                                                                         HOW IDENTIFIED
                                                                                         AND ASSESSED
                                                                                 S   S
                                                                                 E   I   AP         Application
                                                                                 N   R   AS         Assessment
                                                                                 T   A
                                                                                 I   B   I          Interview
                                                                                 A   L   P          Presentation
                                                                                 L   E   R          References

Education/qualification and training
PhD degree in Robotics, Sensors, Artificial Intelligence and/or Classification   x       AP

First degree (engineering, mathematics or related discipline)                    x       AP

Strong research track record                                                     x       AP

Knowledge/skills
Demonstrated research skills in sensor development and integration, sensor
                                                                                 x       AP, I, R
signal analysis and classification, systems integration and interfacing.
Significant knowledge of haptics, robotic manipulation systems, modelling
and simulation of sensing systems, mechanisms, robot/environment                 x       AP, I, R
interaction dynamics, AI techniques.
Thorough understanding of Robotics                                               x       AP, I, R

Knowledge of surgical tools and instruments, robot-assisted minimally
                                                                                 x       AP, I
invasive surgery

Ability to work collaboratively and independently                                x       AP, I, R

Excellent written communication skills including presentation and report-
                                                                                 x       AP, R
writing skills

Excellent verbal communication skills                                            x       I

Excellent organisational skills                                                  x       AP, I, R

Experience
Relevant doctoral research experience with proven track record                   x       AP, I, R

Experience of presenting at conferences/meetings                                 x       AP, I, R



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Publications in high quality journals and conference proceedings              x            AP, I, R

Personal characteristics/other requirements
Flexible approach to working and a desire to develop knowledge                x            AP, I, R
Excellent interpersonal / team-working skills                                 x            I, R
Proven research ability, as indicated by works that have achieved a high
number of citations and/or with appropriate interest in the field from        x            AP, I, R
industry and other academics
Proven ability to work independently                                          x            AP, I, R
Proven links with influential people (industrial leaders, prominent
academics) within the robotics community in the UK and worldwide, as
                                                                              x            AP, I, R
evidenced through a successful record of achievement and positive
comments from these people
Willingness to work flexibly in a team in which roles may evolve, tasks may
                                                                              x            AP, I, R
be changed, and collaborate with other remote teams that may require travel

1There are two classifications – Tier 1 (Post study work) and Tier 2 (General). Highly skilled migrants are
encouraged to apply under the Tier 2 route, however this is dependent on King’s College London at its sole
discretion issuing you with a Certificate of Sponsorship.




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Summary of terms and conditions of service
This appointment is made under the King’s College London Terms and Conditions of Service for
Research staff, a copy of which is available from the Human Resources department on request.

Period of Appointment     Fixed Term for three years

Probation                 6 months

Salary                    £31,020 per annum, plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance per
                          annum

Annual leave              27 working days. Staff receive four additional closure days. Notification as
                          to how these days are taken is circulated at the start of the academic year.

Superannuation

This appointment is superannuable under the USS pension scheme. Staff already superannuated
under the NHS Superannuation Scheme may opt to remain in that scheme provided an application to
do so is received by the NHS scheme trustees within three months of appointment to King’s College
London. Alternatively staff may opt to participate in SERPS or take out a personal pension. Please
note that the College does not provide an employer's contribution towards a private pension plan.
  The College operates PensionsPlus by which individuals increase their take home pay by reducing
their NI contributions. Staff who join the USS pension scheme will automatically be entered into
PensionsPlus (provided you would benefit from doing so). As a result your salary will be reduced so
that you receive the PensionsPlus salary and a payment is made into your pension scheme instead.
  NB - NHS Superannuation Scheme: Medical Schools are classed as “Direction Employers” and
some benefits of the NHS Scheme are not available to Direction members.
  For further information please contact Ms Pauline Job, Payroll & Pensions Manager, King’s College
London, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA.

Medical

All appointments to King’s are subject to Occupational Health clearance. Should you be offered this
post you will be sent an Occupational Health Questionnaire along with your contract of employment.
When the Occupational Health Department have evaluated your questionnaire and declared that you
are fit for appointment, your appointment will be formally confirmed.

Confidentiality

In the course of your work you may have access to personal or confidential information which must
not be disclosed or made available to any other person unless in the performance of your duties or
with specific permission from your Head of School/Department/Division. (In particular if your work
involves the handling of clinical samples and/or patient data, NHS policies for the maintenance of
security and confidentiality of NHS systems and data must be observed). Breaches in confidentiality
may lead to disciplinary action.




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Training and Education

King’s College London recognises the importance of training in achieving its objective of pursuing
excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice through the activities of its staff. We are
committed to providing training for all members of staff so that they can perform their jobs effectively
and offering them opportunities for further development. Most training and development will occur
"on the job" and formal training opportunities are also available within King’s College London
associated hospitals trusts and through other external organisations.
  All members of staff with teaching responsibilities are encouraged to obtain formal recognition of
their professional expertise in teaching. It is the normal expectation that staff new to teaching in
higher education will register for the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) unless
they already possess a teaching qualification in higher education. The PGCAP is taught and managed
by the King's Learning Institute (KLI); information about the certificate and other programmes run
by KLI can be found in their web site www.kcl.ac.uk/kli.

No Smoking Policy

King’s College London is committed to maintaining a healthy environment for staff, students and
visitors. Therefore, please note that smoking is not permitted in any of the College buildings or in
College vehicles. Smoking is also not permitted immediately outside the entrances to College
buildings or near to windows and air intake units. Staff working at associated NHS trust sites or other
premises should adhere to whatever policy is in place at these locations.




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