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  1. Explanatory notes including application procedure
  2. Further particulars, including:
           a. information about King‟s College London, and the post
           b. job description and person specification
           c. summary of the terms and conditions of service
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 standard Personal Details Form (click hyperlink to download)
      a Equal Opportunities Form (click hyperlink to download)
      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
           o your full name with title
           o details of your present post with date of appointment
           o education
                    degrees (subject, class, institution, date of award)
                    other academic/professional qualifications (subject, level, institution, date of
                    distinctions other than degrees
           o membership of professional and learned societies
           o teaching and research experience
           o administrative and management experience
           o grants obtained
           o publications

To email:

Applications should be made electronically in Word or PDF format.

Please ensure you quote reference number A7/MRE/080/11-JL on all correspondence.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Nicolas Smith on 020 718 88381, or via email at

Closing date: 13 March 2011

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

King's College London is committed to promoting and developing equality of opportunity in all
areas of its work. In order to achieve this aim, the College will seek to:

      ensure that prospective and current students, job applicants and members of staff are
       treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without any unjustified
       discrimination on grounds of age, sex, disability, family circumstances, race, colour,
       nationality, citizenship, ethnic origin, social and economic status, religious belief, sexual
       orientation, marital status or other irrelevant distinction
      promote good relations between individuals from different groups
      recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within both its current and potential
       staff and student body
      foster a culture based on trust and mutual respect
      undertake a programme of action to make equality policies effective
      monitor progress towards achieving equality of opportunity on a regular basis
      communicate to staff, students, associates and others the promotion of equal opportunities
       and College procedures to sustain it.

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 HR 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.


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.

The College

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2010 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, King's has nearly 23,000 students (of whom
more than 8,600 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and some 5,500 employees.
King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its

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 £450 million.

There are nine Schools of Study:
    Arts & Humanities
    Biomedical Sciences
    Dental Institute
    Institute of Psychiatry
    Law
    Medicine
    Natural and Mathematical Sciences
    Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery
    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

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and
Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners
Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the
world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation
Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more
information, visit:

The School

The School of Medicine is one of the largest medical schools in the UK and is committed to
pursuing excellence in research and teaching. The School of Medicine has a population of around
2500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The School comprises 8 research divisions
populated by over 600 staff, with a research income of over £40M, and the Division of Medical
Education which manages the MBBS programme.
The School is located on four hospital campuses across South London. Each campus has its own
distinctive character and this diversity is an attractive feature of the School for our staff and
students. The School‟s two major partner trusts, Guy‟s and St Thomas‟ NHS Foundation Trust
(GSTT) and King‟s College Hospital NHS Trust (KCH) have 1,000,000 patient contacts a year
combined. Their specialist services include cancer, cardiothoracic, renal, haematology, children‟s
services (GSTT); liver disease and transplantation, foetal medicine, neuroscience, cardiology

The School's research excellence is well recognised, as evidenced by the 2008 research
assessment exercise. Using the „research power‟ analysis, where the average point score for each
unit of assessment in the RAE is multiplied by the total number of full-time equivalent staff entered,
some 70 per cent of King‟s submissions in health sciences subjects are in the country‟s top six
Within its eight research divisions, the School hosts two MRC Centres in Transplantation and the
Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and in 2008 alone was awarded Centre of Excellence status by the
British Heart Foundation with funding of £9 million and opened the £4 million Breakthrough Breast
Cancer Unit.

Based on UCAS application figures, King‟s College London continues to be the most popular
choice for undergraduate medicine in the UK. Detailed information on the various routes through
the MBBS is contained below. .

The Department
The department of Bioengineering is a new department that is being established within the division
of Imaging Sciences to provide cutting-edge engineering research and teaching to augment and
enhance the existing international reputation of the division.

Specialist areas in the department will include:

Multi-scale and Multi-physics Computational modelling
Systems biology, simulation of cell signalling and regulation
High performance computation and visualisation for biomedical applications
Bioinstrumentation and device development
Image processing and Image acquisition
Numerical Analysis and parameter estimation

The main objective of the Department is to pursue high quality, multidisciplinary research
internationally. There is a close and vital relationship in our work between problem solving in
clinical and biomedical application areas and methodological research in biomedical engineering
technologies and information processing.

Over the past 20 years the Division of Imaging Sciences has built up a critical mass of basic
science and clinical research with an outward-looking approach that engenders dialogues in a way
that would not be possible in a less integrated setting. The research activity in the Department will
focus on accelerating this progress through the integration of intelligent image and data acquisition
with quantitative tools in both clinical and basic science contexts. Current emphasis on
cardiovascular, oncology and pulmonary disease applications will be combined with new areas of
research. The goal of this work will be to contribute to the extraction of the full value of state of the
art imaging and measurement tools, and the combined information content they produce. Through
translation of technology we will aim to ultimately support a paradigm shift away from predefined
clinical indices determining treatment options and a move towards true personalisation of care
based on quantitation and an individual‟s specific physiology.

To support this work we have strong links with large imaging equipment manufacturers and the
pharmaceutical industry, as well as SMEs and university start-ups developing devices and
computational methods. Links with partner NHS trusts are of increasing importance to foster
translational research and so improve patient care.
The Post

Description of Duties:


The Department of Biomedical Engineering within the Division of Imaging Sciences has strengths
in computational modelling that are closely integrated with parallel research activities in image
integration, processing and acquisition. Key to this work is the development and application of
computational tools for information extraction that aim to improve methods for patient selection and
therapy assessment and optimisation. The Department is on the forefront of this type of
translational research.

This post aims to strengthen the computational modelling skills available within the department in
particular for applications that involve the production and use of multi-scale computational models.
The measurement and modelling of cardiovascular physiology has applications in perfusion, tissue
mechanics, electrical activation and whole organ fluid mechanics. The Department has projects
that aim to use computational models in all these applications and the skills brought in by this
position will be used in all these projects.

As part of the new Department, an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering will be
launched in 2011 which requires both syllabi development and delivery in the areas of
computational techniques, mathematical modelling, solid and fluid mechanics. It is expected the
post holder will be able to deliver both foundation courses in these areas in years one and two and
specialist research driven courses in the final year and possibly also on the existing MSc course.
Given the relatively junior nature of this position and on going research commitments, however, it
is important to note that the undergraduate teaching load will have to be managed.

It is also expected that the post holder will take an active role in the supervision and training of
postgraduate level students.

Main appointment site:

The post will be based at St Thomas‟; however, it is a requirement of employment that the post
holder be prepared to work at any additional or different location owned or served by the College
either on an on-going or temporary basis after due consultation.

Post Title:                    Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering
Department/Division/           Biomedical Engineering Department/ Imaging Sciences

Grade:                         Lecturer

Responsible to:                Head of Department

Responsible for:               n/a

          To develop a research programme, as Principal Investigator, in relevant aspects of
           computational modelling and attract funding to it.
          To work on the use of computational models for developing and applying analysis tools to
           generate new insights into both patient and animal data.
          To work on links between image acquisition, image registration and computational models.
          To contribute expertise as a co-investigator to the computational tools developed used by
           researchers within the Division.
          Contributing to the Division‟s teaching and administration at undergraduate and
           postgraduate levels.


Key Objectives:
(i)   To teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses relevant to the appointee‟s expertise
(ii)  To assist with setting and marking examinations, as required, for any papers
      and courses taught including attendance at Examiners‟ meetings
(iii) Supervising and training research students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

(i)        To provide research leadership within the research field of the appointee.
(ii)       To undertake internationally leading research and submit research for publication, so as to
           contribute to the School‟s research record and the further advancement of the
(iii)      To raise funding through peer reviewed grant applications to support a substantial
           programme of research.
(iii)      To develop and strengthen links with others in the appointee‟s area of expertise and with
           external bodies to promote the research and to assist in funding it.

(i)        To carry out any administrative duties assigned by the Head of School
(ii)       To represent the School on College and University Committees as required
 Communication & Networking:
    To undertake appropriate professional duties, such as serving on the scientific committees of
    conferences, editorial boards of journals, and involvement in professional bodies.
    Present at national and international conferences, and contribute towards high impact journal
    Deal with routine communication and liaise with the clinical collaborators in the project.
    Communicate complex information orally and in writing
    Liaise with colleagues and students
 Analysis & Research:
       Analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes
       Write up research work for publication
 Team Work, Teaching & Learning Support:
       Supervision of relevant staff and students
       Work with colleagues on joint projects as required
       Collaborate with academic and industrial colleagues on areas of shared research interest
       Attend and contribute to relevant meetings
 Sensory/Physical Demands & Work Environment:
       Balance with help the competing pressures of research and administrative demands and deadlines
       Be aware of the risks in the work environment and their potential impact on own work and that of
 Pastoral Care:
        Mentor junior staff and students within the department

Organisational Chart:

This position will report to the Head of Department

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.


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

Date: January 2011

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.

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 and/or Tier 21 schemes. 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 and/or
Tier 2) 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.

CRITERIA                                                                 E     D    HOW IDENTIFIED
                                                                         S     E    AND ASSESSED
                                                                         S     S
                                                                         E     I    AP = application
                                                                         N     R    AS = assessment
                                                                         T     A
                                                                                    I = interview
                                                                         I     B
                                                                         A     L    P = presentation
                                                                         L     E    R = references

Education/qualification and training
PhD in computational modelling or related area                           X
BSc/MSc in relevant subject                                                    X
1st or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent                                        X

Good written and spoken English                                          X
Demonstrated aptitude for research                                       X
A high level of Problem solving ability                                  X
Numerical Analysis and computational techniques                          X
High performance computing and software development                      X

Development of biophysical computational models                          X
Track record in the area of computational modelling, biomedical
engineering and continuum mechanics applied to physiological systems
Record of grant funding, from a variety of sources                             X
Publications in high ranking, peer reviewed journals                     X
An active role in the supervision and training of undergraduate and
postgraduate level students

Personal characteristics/other requirements
Clarity of presentation and expression                                       X
Willingness and aptitude for interdisciplinary communication                 X
Conscientious                                                                X
Ability to supervise of relevant staff and students                          X
Evidence of understanding of the role of academic management.                X

 There are two classifications – highly skilled migrant and sponsored migrant. Highly skilled migrants are
encouraged to apply under the Tier 1 (General Migrant) route. If you do not qualify under the Tier 1 (General
Migrant) route, you may qualify under the Tier 2 (Skilled Worker-General) route, however this is dependent on
King‟s College London at its sole discretion issuing you with a Certificate of Sponsorship.

This appointment is made under the King‟s College London Terms and Conditions of Service for
Non Clinical Academic staff, a copy of which is available from the Human Resources department
on request.

Period of Appointment:        Indefinite contract

Probation:                    3 years

Salary:                       On Grade 7: £37,839 - £45,155 per annum plus £2,323 London


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. For staff who join either USS or SAUL pension schemes, you 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 & Pension Manager, King‟s College
London, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA.


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.


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.
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 on their web site –

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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