Role description

Post title Professor of Genetics
Potential to apply for: Head of Department (three-year appointment with scope to renew)
Faculty Life Sciences & Medicine
Grade/salary Professor
Period of appointment Indefinite
Responsible to Head of Department / Head of School
Responsible for Departmental academic and research staff

Role purpose

The Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics at King’s College London undertakes fundamental scientific discovery and its application to find new and improved ways to diagnose and treat genetic diseases. Based in the School of Basic & Medical Bioscience, with strong links to the King’s Health Partner trusts, the department has a broad range of expertise, in statistics, genetic epidemiology, epigenetics, and bioinformatics and a strong collaborative ethos aimed at exploring human genetic variation and its relationship to human disease. Teaching and training is core to the department’s work, both at an undergraduate and post graduate level.

Molecular genetics

We are now searching for a dynamic and creative academic with a strong international reputation in genetic research, alongside a genuine passion for research and education. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in human clinical genetics although other areas may also be considered. Applications from candidates with research programmes that are laboratory based, computational or both are welcome.

Applicants will have a track record of securing sustained external research funding, excellent leadership skills and a commitment to the development of a supportive, inclusive, and collaborative culture within the department. A programme in human clinical genetics will have high potential for productive collaborations across the Faculty and beyond, including leveraging KHP and local populations.

There is potential within this role to engage in departmental leadership at Head of Department level, if appropriate, helping to shape the department, consolidate existing strengths, drive new strategic direction and to continue to develop the strong international reputation as a leading centre in genetic research.

Role profile – key responsibilities and objectives

Professorial post

Research & Education

  • Develop an internationally competitive research programme in genetics that draws upon the existing strengths within the Department, the School of Basic & Medical Biosciences and the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s College London, harnessing collaborative and interdisciplinary potential.


  • Attract significant overhead and QR-bearing grant research income and/or industrial research income to maintain a high-performance research record.

  • Generate world class research publications.

  • Lead and/or deliver undergraduate teaching in appropriate areas of expertise, embracing innovative methods.

  • Contribute to the ongoing drive for improvement in the quality of education and research within the Department, working with the Department and School leadership teams to ensure that appropriate contribution levels within the Department are met.

  • Engage in external academic activities in order to help meet the School’s research strategy.

  • Develop links with industry and commercial partners to maximise the research impact.

People, Culture & Leadership

  • Actively participate in ensuring a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within the Department, School, and university.

  • Identify collaborative opportunities, internally and externally, and promote a culture of collaborative working within the Department, School, and Faculty.


  • Recruit, mentor and manage research and, where appropriate, academic staff to advance and expand genetics research.

  • Contribute to developing a vibrant departmental culture including internal and external seminars, team-building events and joint activities with other departments and Schools.

  • Act as a role-model, mentor, and advisor to colleagues seeking to develop their academic careers and/or clinical research in the field.

  • Engage with departmental and School executive activity across administration, education, research and engagement activities, representing the Department/School at Faculty/university level where appropriate.

Interest in the Head of Department opportunity can be addressed in the covering letter, should this be of interest alongside the professorial appointment. This is NOT a pre-requisite and applications for the role of Professor OR Professor and Head of Department will be afforded equal consideration. Further details are noted below:

Head of Department post (if of additional interest)

The Head of Department is responsible for academic, strategic and operational leadership within the Department; and will support the Head of School in ensuring the School executes excellence across all its activities. The role holder is expected to:

  • Align the Department’s strategic objectives with those of the Faculty, with responsibility for the delivery; optimising the School’s and Faculty’s performance and ongoing sustainability.

  • Enable the Department and School to excel in education, research, international and knowledge transfer activities, encouraging and fostering collaboration and ensuring consistency of practice and process.

    Clinical genetics

  • Represent the Department and School’s interests in the development of Faculty and university policy, including implementation of this policy within the Department.

  • Performance manage staff in the Department.

  • Foster a stimulating, innovative and inclusive culture and environment across the Department, enabling students and staff to thrive and develop.

  • Provide evident leadership and strategic direction to research, namely in human genetics (specifically clinical genetics), to build a focus for a critical mass of investigators within a collaborative, inclusive and supportive culture to consolidate the international reputation of excellence within the Department.

  • Recruit, mentor and line manage relevant staff within the Department.

Please note

This role description reflects the core activities of the role. These may change in the emphasis of duties and it is expected that the role-holder recognises this, adopting a flexible approach to work and willingness to participate in training.

Terms of Role

  • The substantive appointment is an ongoing academic contract, a permanent member of the academic staff of King’s College London.

  • There may be opportunities for the successful candidate to expand the role into departmental leadership (Head of Department), if appropriate.