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Senior Lecturer/Reader In AI & Digital Oral Health

London (Central), London (Greater)
£61,896 - £71,057 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Job description

The Centre for Oral, Clinical and Translational Sciences (COCTS) brings together clinical and discovery research efforts aimed at improving oral and dental health through research and innovation that leads to clinical translation.  

We are looking for an outstanding academic to establish a new group within the centre to lead research in artificial intelligence (AI) applied to oral and dental health. The post holder will develop innovative AI techniques and deep learning-based approaches applied to oral healthcare. There are currently enormous opportunities for AI applications in this field including in medical image analysis, patient monitoring and supportive tools for clinical decision making.  

The post-holder will work closely with clinicians and discovery scientists within the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences but there is considerable opportunity to build collaborative activities across King’s including through the Institute for Artificial Intelligence. An associate appointment within the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences will be sought for a suitable candidate. 

Members of COCTS have international reputations in mineralised tissue research, biomaterials, tissue engineering, device and diagnostic technology development, and clinical research. Strong educational support is provided to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and we seek to appoint an academic that will strengthen and diversify the capacity of the centre in both research and education. You will play a key role in developing and executing internationally leading research as an independent investigator working collaboratively with clinician-scientists. You will have extensive previous experience of leading such interdisciplinary activities and a strong understanding of the opportunities for innovation within Oral and Dental health

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. 

This is a full-time position

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake nationally and internationally leading research & maintain a consistently high-level output of publications and presentations. 
  • Establish an independent externally funded research programme.
  • Supervise postdoctoral research staff and PhD students to ensure their effective development.
  • Build and maintain international and world-leading collaborations as relevant to the research field.
  • Engage in multidisciplinary research in collaboration with other research groups in the faculty.
  • Contribute to teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the faculty and more widely at KCL including designing teaching material, using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods.
  • Contribute to the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in digital dentistry and their delivery.
  • Supervise student projects (including those of clinical trainees) and, where appropriate, placements.
  • Contribute to teaching-related activities such as setting and marking examinations.
  • Undertake or update professional skills as appropriate and relevant in support of teaching excellence.
  • Play a full role in centre administration by contributing at meetings and volunteering to help with committees and projects.
  • Sit on appropriate centre and faculty committees and contribute to the welfare of the college and the academic community.  
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Supervisor and Head of Centre.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

  • Evidence of successful competitively awarded grant funding in areas relevant to this post.
  • A record of publication of high-quality research outputs in leading specialist and high-impact non-specialist peer reviewed academic journals.
  • Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research activities and support clinically trained researchers.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement activities and innovation in science communication.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Evidence of leadership in your discipline and the ability to develop a research or teaching area.
  • Motivated and self-disciplined
  • Ability to show common sense and good judgement
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas with others.

Essential criteria  

  • PhD or equivalent in relevant area. 
  • Experience of delivering high quality teaching to undergraduate and/or postgraduate students 
  • Successful supervision of PhD student(s) to completion 
  • Solid record of publication of high-quality research outputs suitable for return in REF at ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ levels. 
  • Significant competitively awarded grant funding or award of a personal Fellowship.  
  • Sound knowledge of research methodologies and governance requirements 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Evidence of activities in a field relevant to oral and dental health 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills   

Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of contribution to academic leadership within previous roles. 
  • Experience of facilitating interdisciplinary research
  • Significant levels of competitively awarded grant funding relatable to the field of Oral and Dental health will be required for consideration of appointment at level of Reader.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

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.

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:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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