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SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE _ SCIENCE

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									                                    THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

                           SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE & SCIENCE

Job Title:                      Associate Professors and Lecturers in various disciplines

Salary:                         Depending on qualifications and experience, will be within the range:

                                    Non-Clinical Lecturer scale: £30,912 - £41,545 per annum (salary can
                                     progress to £48,161 per annum, subject to performance).
                                    Non Clinical Associate Professor scale: £44,074 - £52,628 per annum
                                     (salary can progress to £62,824 per annum, subject to performance).

Location:                       School of Veterinary Medicine & Science, Sutton Bonington Campus

Responsible to:                 Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine & Science

Job Outline:                    To carry out teaching, research and administration

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
   To develop an innovative clinically integrated veterinary curriculum and participate in the flexible
    delivery of the course.

   To teach and examine both undergraduate and postgraduate students, on a wide range of Modules
    convened by the Division. The modules involved may embrace any area of Veterinary Science
    (dependent upon the experience of the person appointed).

   To teach veterinary science in various disciplines through the delivery of high quality lectures,
    tutorials, demonstrations and problem oriented learning exercises to undergraduate and
    postgraduate students.

   To examine in the assessments for initial and higher degrees of the University and to act as
    invigilator in such examinations as required.

   To undertake research of international quality.

   To forge appropriate collaborations within and outside the University.

   To disseminate research findings at national and international conferences and to publish in high
    quality refereed journals.

   To secure external funding to support research.

   To supervise research students.

   To deliver research seminars, organise research meetings and undertake refereeing.

   To undertake training consistent with continuous professional development.

   To assist with the efficient and effective completion of the work of the School.

   To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade and role of the person appointed, as required
    by the Head of School.

   To act as Module Convenor for a range of modules taught by staff within the Division and to maintain
    and develop both the quality and appropriateness of the course material and the curriculum.

   As appropriate to collaborate with other staff within the University in research funding submissions
    and successful delivery of high quality research.

This job description may be subject to revision following discussion with the person appointed and forms
part of the contract of employment.
Person Specification:
                                      Essential                               Desirable
 Qualifications/      Primary degree and PhD in relevant         ILT membership.
 Education            area or Veterinary qualification and
                      PhD in relevant area.
 Skills/Training      Excellent communication skills.            Ability to use and develop appropriate
                      Good time-management skills.               IT-based teaching materials.
 Experience           Proven ability to produce research of      Teaching in Higher Education.
                      international quality.                     Experience in tutoring and counselling of
                      Proven track-record in publishing          students.
                      research work of international quality.    Administrative experience in an
                                                                 academic environment (e.g. Module
                                                                 convening).
                                                                 Experience of examining at both
                                                                 undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
                                                                 Experience in areas that will complement
                                                                 existing research strengths at
                                                                 Nottingham.
 Personal             Originality in research.
 Attributes           Enthusiasm for disseminating scientific
                      knowledge.
                      Ability to provide leadership.
                      Ability to work in a highly
                      multidisciplinary and applied field.
 Other                Evidence of long-term research
                      strategy.
                      Ability to establish collaborative
                      projects.
                      Flexible approach to new methods in
                      teaching and research.

Because of the nature of the work for which you are applying, this post is exempted from the provisions
of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders
Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applicants are therefore, not entitled to withhold information about convictions, which for other purposes
are “spent” under the provisions of the Act, and in the event of employment any failure to disclose such
convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the University. Any information given will be
strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to an application for positions to which the
Order applies.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor G England, tel: 0115 951 6411 or Email:
Gary.England@Nottingham.ac.uk.

Please quote ref. CJ/26450SX1.                                   Closing date: 1 September 2008.

Additionally, candidates should submit a CV which gives details of academic qualifications, including class
of first degree, a career summary and a full list of publications and research grants. A statement of not
more than 500 words on your research plans is also required.
                                 THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

                          SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE & SCIENCE
                                 SUTTON BONINGTON CAMPUS


                                ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS/LECTURERS



INTRODUCTION

We are looking for outstanding individuals to lead the development of the new School of Veterinary
Medicine and Science which will be based at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus
along with the School of Biosciences.

Building upon our international strengths in Biosciences, Medicine, Pharmacy and Business we intend the
School to become a noted international presence in veterinary education and research.

The new School of Veterinary Medicine and Science has three clinical Divisions: Veterinary Medicine,
Veterinary Surgery and Animal Health and Welfare.

The existing School of Biosciences at Sutton Bonington has five Divisions: Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences, Animal Physiology, Food Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Plant Sciences and is internationally
recognised as a leader in the provision of research and teaching in fundamental and applied animal,
plant, microbial and physical sciences important for the improvement of agricultural and food production,
food quality and safety, nutrition and protection of the environment.


The current campus is self-contained on a 16-hectare site located in the beautiful countryside of South
Nottinghamshire. The campus has excellent academic, social and sports facilities. There is a 400-hectare
farm. Construction of the new Veterinary School Academic Building started in June 2005, and building of
the Veterinary School Clinical Teaching Buildings commences shortly.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS/LECTURERS

The formation of the new School and its clinical divisions provides a timely and exciting opportunity for
new methods of teaching and for high quality research developments. The new School will provide a
significantly increased critical mass for research programmes at the Sutton Bonington site and provides a
wide range of complementary research skills and facilities. This builds on the already impressive levels of
collaboration amongst staff of the School of Biosciences. The changing research objectives of
Governments towards agriculture, rural areas and land use require that environmental considerations are
upper most in many research plans and objectives. The new School is crucially placed to exploit these
funding opportunities, and also to work closely with academics within the many schools of the University
of Nottingham.

Having recruited Professor Gary England as Foundation Dean and devised our school structure with three
clinical divisions we now wish to appoint academic staff within these divisions. These individuals should
have high reputations in the field of veterinary research and teaching, and where appropriate clinical
qualifications.

We expect the new academic staff to share and develop our vision and be able to innovate and seize
opportunities. A willingness to collaborate with other Schools within the University and to play a key role
throughout the academic community at Nottingham is essential.

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

The University of Nottingham is a dynamic, high profile institution. Our league table performance sees us
consistently placed in the leading group of UK higher education institutions.

We receive high numbers of applications for undergraduate places and are acknowledged widely as one of
the leading research intensive universities in the UK.

We are committed to excellence in the advancement and communication of knowledge. We aim to
advance knowledge by undertaking research of international standing across a wide range of disciplines.
And we communicate knowledge by:

   providing a rich and varied learning experience for students in a research-led environment, by staff at
the forefront of their discipline;
   equipping students with a curiosity-driven, deep understanding of their subject, a critical approach
and skills relevant to their future careers;
   working with regional, national and international partners to apply the outcome of research and
enhance teaching;

MULTI-CAMPUS

A truly international university, we operate three UK campuses and a fourth, opened in 2000, in Malaysia.
Our main campus is within part of an extensive green belt of woodland, parks and playing fields, just
three miles from the city centre.

Queen’s Medical Centre and the Jubilee Campus adjoin the main site; the School of Biosciences and the
new School of Veterinary Medicine and Science are located at Sutton Bonington, just South of
Nottingham. And we are finalising work on a further campus in China due to open later this year.

FACTS AND FIGURES

The University has more than 30,000 students including some 6,000 postgraduates. Over 5,000 students
come from outside the EU. We have 3,000 part-time students and organise courses for thousands of
extra-mural students. 4,000 students live in residential halls and 3,000 in modern University flats and
postgraduate houses.

We employ 5,200 people, including some 1,500 academic and teaching support staff, 800 research staff,
1,850 professional and clerical staff and 800 manual/ancillary staff.

At the Sutton Bonington site there are approximately 70 academic staff, 80 research staff, 60 technicians
and 150 PhD students and 650 undergraduate students.

MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Nottingham has planned and delivered substantial student and research growth in line with its strategic
development plan.

Our management team are focused on further internationalisation of teaching and research, whilst
maintaining the highest standards in specialist areas and widening access for non-traditional students.

Our six faculties, Arts, Law and Social Sciences, Education, Science, Engineering and Medicine and Health
Sciences operate a resource model linking budgets to income streams. Academic units have devolved
responsibility for their budgets.

The University manages its resources well: it has expanded its activities but has nonetheless met its
financial targets each year, reinvesting surpluses in the core business.

The University is rated as investment grade ‘AA-positive’ (Standard and Poors). We benefit from the
national funding regime, whilst expanding our own national and international third party income and
reputation.

Over the next five years we aim to advance further in the international higher education league, as a top-
rated performer able to compete effectively in a global market.

THE VISION FOR THE NEW SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AND SCIENCE

Our new centre of Veterinary Medicine and Science will provide a focus for veterinary research
throughout the East Midlands and beyond.

The University’s facilities and experience mean we are ideally placed to make a real success of this
veterinary venture. Our existing Animal Science degree course already covers many of the basic science
and animal production areas. Existing expertise in food microbiology, food safety and meat science will
underpin the teaching of food hygiene. Nottingham already has a licensed slaughterhouse and contacts
with local commercial slaughterhouses to support this area.

A working farm at the Sutton Bonington campus (with a £2.5m state of the art dairy facility) provides for
large animal and farm animal work. There will be new facilities for teaching of clinical small animal
studies complementing the large animal and farm animal work.

The new Veterinary School will be built on these and other strengths including:

   considerable experience of developing successful new courses and major projects;
   internationally renowned research in medical, agricultural, biological and food sciences;
   student-centred learning in a strong research environment;
   well-established courses in Food Microbiology, Food Science, Animal Science, Medicine,
    Pharmacy, Microbiology and Genetics;
   considerable existing infrastructure, including teaching and research facilities at our commercial farm,
    a licensed slaughterhouse, an extensive surgery complex and a state-of-the-art dairy facility;
   close proximity to a Veterinary Laboratory Agency site.

CURRICULUM

Our vision is a clinically oriented and integrated curriculum, with learning provided at an appropriate level
around appropriate clinical cases. For this reason we are developing significant links with a number of
partner institutions. Using a quality assured programme with placement of university academics we will
develop a dispersed teaching model to provide a real clinical learning environment for undergraduates.
Underpinning this will be a research focussed year three programme modelled on the BMedSci course
operating in the University of Nottingham Medical School. Our Medical School in Derby has provided
inspiration for a clinical problem-oriented course.

While providing a curriculum that meets RCVS standards of knowledge and skills with respect to animal
health and welfare, we will deliver research-literate Veterinary Surgeons educated to a high level of
clinical competence.

Research in veterinary science will build on our strong postgraduate and postdoctoral training ethos.
Postgraduate studentships will be offered and a bursary scheme will enable established, professionally
qualified individuals to undertake research either for a Masters (MRes or the MPhil) or PhD.

RESEARCH STRATEGY STATEMENT

Research Mission
The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS), based at the Sutton
Bonington Campus, was established in 2006. The School provides a clinically-focused basic science
curriculum strengthened by continuous relevant and varied clinical experience for undergraduates
students. All clinical teaching is fully integrated into the School's research programme and the
exploitation and dissemination of research knowledge is critical to its development and delivery.

Research at SVMS is integrated into the University structure with established world class research in
biomedical sciences within the main Schools. The research themes are relevant to both Veterinary
Medicine and Science and Comparative and Human Medicine. The main research groups are:
      Reproductive Biology
      Animal Infection and Immunity
      Comparative Medicine
      Population Health and Welfare
      Veterinary Education Development

Research Strategy
All current clinical practice should derive from advances in research. The overarching purpose of research
activities within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) is to improve clinical practice and
teaching.

Clinical practice encompasses many aspects of animal health including diagnosis, treatment, prophylaxis,
production and welfare management. Thus, improved clinical practice is the outcome of full integration of
research themes with the clinical requirement. The Clinical Associate Practices (see SVMS
management/structure documentation) are fully integrated into the research and teaching environment
of SVMS and their clinical requirements drive much of the research development.

The exploitation and dissemination of research knowledge is critical to the development and delivery of
teaching. This ensures that undergraduate and graduate students are exposed to both clinical work and
research from early in their training and also that all stages of their teaching have clinical relevance.
    Integration of Research Themes with Clinical
    Requirement and Outcome
                                                                              Education

     Research Grants
                                             Deliverables
                                     New techniques, virulence markers,
                                     immune correlates, new vaccines etc




                  SVMS                                                        Clinical
         Multidisciplinary Research Teams                                   Associates
                                                                        owners/users/managers



                                       Problem Identified
                                    Diagnostics, Pathology, Treatment etc



              Outcome: Improved Clinical Practice
                                            School of Veterinary Medicine and Science



The School has aligned its research aspirations with the University Research Vision and Strategy. Its
unique structure is based on the central hub of the SVMS, together with the associated practices and
organisations at the periphery which provides a relevant and varied clinical experience for undergraduate
students. It also allows research groups to maintain contact with the world of veterinary practice. This is
of great value to both parties since important clinical problems can be identified and resolved through the
application of new approaches and technologies. Clinical practices provide exploratory “pump-priming”
projects allowing initial observations to be tested prior to larger research project submission and also for
the practical implementation of laboratory-based studies. The SVMS sees this flow of information in both
directions as important in generating a productive research atmosphere and also as an essential way for
informing the research community on issues of significance by clinicians.

Research Themes
From the combined Internal and External Advisory Group Meeting in February 2005, the School identified
integrated research themes that are both highly relevant to veterinary medicine and to comparative and
human medicine. Five Research Groups are now in place. (See
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/research/)




    Research Themes and Groups

     •   Emphasis is on integration into the University
         structure (World class research in Biomedical
         Science within the main Schools).
     •   The Research Themes are relevant to:
         –   Veterinary Medicine and Science
         –   Comparative and Human Medicine

     •   Research Groups:
         –   Reproductive Biology
         –   Infection and Immunity
         –   Comparative Medicine
         –   Population Health and Welfare
         –   Veterinary Education Development

                                            School of Veterinary Medicine and Science



The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science continues to recruit academic staff to ensure that high
quality research can be carried out in these five research areas. Recruitment policy ensures that a
sufficiently large nucleus of effort is created within each area to allow the rapid development.

THE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

Nottingham is a research-led University; in the last national Research Assessment Exercise, 26 of the
units submitted were graded as either internationally or nationally excellent in research. Total income
exceeds £300 Million per annum, with research awards circa £80m per annum and capital expenditure
exceeding £30m per annum.
A multidisciplinary approach is already a successful feature of research at Nottingham. Research at the
new Veterinary Science School will be integrated with current biomedical research, capitalising on our
existing infrastructure.

Veterinary research both complements and can be associated with:
   Medical sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
   Basic sciences in the Faculty of Science.
   Biological sciences related to Agriculture, Animal, Environmental and Food sciences undertaken in
    the School of Biosciences.
   Cross-disciplinary research programmes that could also be exploited by the new Veterinary Science
    Research Centre include work at:
       The Institute of Infection and Immunity.
       The Institute of Cell Signalling.
       The Institute of Genetics.
       The Schools of Pharmacy and Chemistry.
       The School of Physics & Astronomy.
       The Bio-analytical Sciences Centre.

We are currently filling 20 new research-led Chairs with 80 associated research-led posts. Initiatives in
Bioinformatics and Stem Cell Biology are of direct significance to the veterinary sciences, while others
e.g. cancer cell biology, neuroscience, post-genomic technologies and nanoscience will also have
significant impact.

The Key Research Themes within the School are:

       Reproductive Biology
       Animal Infection and Immunity
       Population Health & Welfare
       Comparative Medicine
       Veterinary Educational Development

RESEARCH AT SUTTON BONINGTON

We have recently invested £18m in new developments at our Sutton Bonington site. These include
laboratories and animal housing designed to complement established facilities for studies with
laboratory and domesticated species, a licensed slaughter house, a state-of-the-art dairy centre, a new
feed mill, a surgery complex for large and small animals and an extensive range of new and
modernised laboratories.

Research at Sutton Bonington with direct relevance to veterinary sciences includes:
  food safety, particularly food microbiology (both bacteria and viruses);
  adaptive response of bacteria to environmental changes;
  carriage and transfer of zoonotic diseases;
  efficacy of inimical processes imposed under food processing and preservation regimes;
  organism control by novel methods;
  molecular genetic studies of food borne pathogens;
  addressing questions of virulence, survival and transmission e.g. the impact of bacteria and viruses
   on meat hygiene.

Current research in animal biotechnology which is also relevant to veterinary sciences, includes:
   animal cloning;
   nuclear reprogramming;
   genomic imprinting;
   processes of cellular differentiation and ageing in nuclear transfer;
   events during oocyte maturation and early embryonic development;
   in vitro embryo production;
   epigenetic regulation of early development and mitochondrial function;
   declining fertility of livestock, particularly dairy cows and pigs;
   nutrient gene interactions;
   effects of nutritional status of pregnant animals on offspring development;
   molecular control of carcass composition and growth;
   molecular processes influencing meat quality, especially the post-mortem development of
    tenderness and control of fat/lean deposition;
   use of molecular techniques to authenticate food/animal products;
   neurotransmitter systems modulating spinal withdrawal reflex function;
   animal production systems to promote efficient, environmentally friendly farming;
   the management and economics of production systems;
   control of parasitic infection in.

Many of these areas will impact and interface with veterinary studies by:
  providing model systems for the study of reproductive physiology;
  using genetic modification to produce animal models for the study of human and animal genetic
   disorders;
  contributing to the development of novel therapies;
  helping understand the role of mitochondrial genotype on animal growth and performance;

Further research opportunities are expected to arise from collaboration between staff in the Faculty of
Medicine and Health Sciences and the veterinary clinical staff in the new school.

These unique strengths across the fundamental biological sciences, together with our strong research
culture, will provide a very positive climate for the rapid establishment of veterinary science research in
Nottingham.

The University of Nottingham has developed a truly exciting vision for the first new Veterinary School in
the UK in more than 50 years. The School will:
   provide a new approach to veterinary education and research;
   maximise opportunities for students from non-traditional backgrounds;
   develop the undergraduate curriculum in innovative ways;
   provide a context for supporting new research interfaces, across the fields of human and animal
    medicine.

The University has an outstanding track record in designing and delivering academic programmes and
in sustaining high quality, results-oriented research. Our vision for this School provides enormous
scope for innovative approaches in devising and developing teaching and research activities.


CURRENT RESEARCH PROGRAMMES AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AT THE SUTTON
BONINGTON CAMPUS

RECENT MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS TO THE SCHOOL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE INCLUDE:

   The new £20 million Veterinary School buildings (completed Autumn 2006).
   A new £7.5m Plant Sciences research building (completed July 2001) to accommodate 130 Plant
    Scientists from University Park, Sutton Bonington Campuses and the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock
    Centre (NASC) under one roof. A £400K extension to the NASC glasshouses will be going ahead
    within the next 12 months funded through SRIF2
   A new £2.7 m state-of-the-art-dairy unit (completed Feb 2003) to study the influence of genetic
    and nutritional factors on fertility in cattle.
   A new £900,000 SRIF funded animal housing facility (completed Feb 2003).
   An £800K extension to the Food Sciences building that was originally built in 1998.
   The University of Nottingham genomics facility (in the Plant Sciences building) that accommodates
    over £700K worth of JIF funded equipment to underpin cross-campus post-genomic applications.
    This complements the previous JIF award for the establishment of proteomics research.
   A new proteomics facility (funded by JIF and situated in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences),
    with a further £400K upgrade scheduled in the next 6 months, funded by SRIF2.
   Two state-of-the-art confocal microscopes.
   Development of a bioinformatics centre is planned with the recent appointment of a new Chair
    position.
   A new £100k Sensory Science Centre funded using JREI and Charitable donations.
       Other developments include the creation of Insect facilities in South Lab (SL) Annex, an
        extension to the small animal house.
NEW RESEARCH DEVELOPMENTS (POST-RAE 2001)

Bioscience researchers attract significant amounts of research funding at both national and
international levels, attracting:

   >£17m of new research awards (since 1/1/01)
   grants in excess of £24m
   ~170 grants from research councils, Defra, SEERAD, FSA, EU, NIH, industry and charities.
Recently emerged major collaborative research themes that embrace Divisions/Schools
include:

   Nutritional genomics – funded by a £1.7m JIF award from BBSRC/Wellcome to researchers in
    Bioscience Divisions of Food Sciences, Nutritional Biochemistry and Plant Sciences with Schools of
    Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences.

   Stem cell research – funded using a pump-priming award by University of Nottingham (UoN)
    Research committee that brings together complementary strengths in the Bioscience Divisions of
    Agricultural Sciences and Animal Physiology with QMC based researchers. However funding for farm
    animal stem cell research is required.
The above represent just 2 out of 16 collaborative awards currently held with other UoN Schools.

								
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