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Regius Professor of Psychiatry, IoPPN

London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

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Regius Professor of Psychiatry, IoPPN

King’s College London

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London is a world leading mental health and neuroscience academic enterprise. Our research, education and training have impact locally, nationally, and globally, and work across the IoPPN continues to fundamentally change and shape the understanding of mental illness and neurological disorders, leading to novel therapies and approaches to health and wellbeing. Our founding goals include the tripartite mission of research, education, and clinical care.

With the advantage of being closely aligned with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (alongside proximity our other partner NHS Trusts), the IoPPN and Maudsley provide one of the most prestigious trainings for psychiatrists and allied mental health professionals worldwide. Our unique collaborations, which includes the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the Maudsley, provides a unique environment to translate insights from discovery science to clinical care. 

Comprised of three schools, and with over 1000 academic and research staff, including more than 4000 under and post-graduate students, the IoPPN includes the largest centre for mental health research and education in Europe. Our vibrant community of academics work together to translate insights from discovery science (including neuroscience, genomics, social science, and psychology) to interventions to improve patient care and quality of life. Research sits at the heart of our ability to achieve our goals and we are proud to be recognised for our 100% world leading research environment and research impact (REF 2021).

In 2013, marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, King’s College London was awarded the first and only Regius Professor in the field of Psychiatry. The university is uniquely positioned to bestow this title to an esteemed professor of psychiatry, who demonstrates outstanding research and clinical practice within the field. In 2013, the university bestowed the title to Professor Sir Simon Wessely FRS, who has held it for over ten years. We are now looking to present the Regius Professorship to another thought leader in the field.  The successful candidate will be a psychiatrist, expected to hold an honorary contract with our partner NHS trust, who will bring ambassadorial qualities, demonstrate impact through their work, be collegiate, progressive, and interdisciplinary by nature. A true collaborator, with a vision for what the future for mental health research and psychiatry should look like is essential.

The successful candidate will bring personal research leadership and will have the ability to build and grow world-class research teams that work synergistically with other academic disciplines as well as clinicians. A core responsibility of the role is to nurture a vision for how combined clinical and research capabilities can benefit local, national, and international populations. We are looking for an excellent communicator with interests in impactful research and providing research leadership in influencing policy, and in delivering valuable and measurable benefits for research and subsequently, patient care.

To further enable the strategic effectiveness of the role of Regius Professor, (although not essential) there will also be the opportunity for the appointee to apply for the Head of School of the Academic Psychiatry within the IoPPN later in the year. It is a significant faculty leadership role integral to the onward development of a range of disciplines and activities. The Head of the School of Academic Psychiatry has oversight of five departments and several broad ranging, significant initiatives. Disciplinary oversight includes addictions, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychosis studies, psychological medicine, and neurodevelopmental sciences.

For further information about the role please visit the job description and to apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London Job Opportunities page and submit the specified documentation. Informal enquiries may be made to the King’s Search Team; please contact either Sarah Fraser or Robyn Eade at

The advert will close on Sunday 7th July 2024. The selection process will include a presentation and panel interview. Interviews and assessments will be held from July to September.  

King’s is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and through this appointment it is our aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBTQ+ community and from disabled people.



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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