Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) and Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL)

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Opportunities for aspiring trainees

Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL)

We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals wishing to excel in both clinical and academic training in Medicine or Dentistry and who have the ambition to be the next generation of leading academic clinicians. Applications are now invited for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) and Academic Clinical Lecturers (ACL) in any discipline including Dentistry.

Queen’s University Belfast in partnership with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and the Health and Social Care Trusts provide Clinical Academic Training opportunities in research and education.  These posts offer candidates a comprehensive experience in clinical academic dentistry alongside internationally recognised clinicians and researchers.

The ACL post is normally for 3 years.  Those appointed at ACL level will be an existing Specialist Registrar in Dentistry who have completed a PhD or be within six months of submission at time of interview.  They will finish their clinical training while continuing academic development at post-doctoral level with 50% research time at QUB.  It is expected that trainees at this level will apply for an externally funded clinician scientist programme to extend their research to a consultant appointment.

The ACF post is normally for 2 years. During this period it is expected that the ACF will participate in clinical training with an integrated period of 25% of whole time equivalent academic research training in the specialty to which they are appointed.  They will prepare an application for an externally funded clinical research training fellowship to undertake a PhD. 

Trainees should review the Job Description for the specific criteria.  Core clinical competencies will be gained as necessary through access to the essential elements of the training curriculum.  Clinical training offers a wide range of opportunities in programmes that have a strong track record in specialty training and academic activities.

Further Information and Application Forms


To: All Specialty Registrars at STR 3 or above (ST 2 or above in General Practice)

Covering Letter

Job Description


To: Dental Specialty Trainees

Covering Letter

Job Description


Application forms

Application form

Supplementary Application Form

Monitoring Form


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Application Process

Applicants should state their speciality preference clearly on the application form.

If candidates have any queries please email:

Closing Date:      4pm, Thursday 28 February 2019

Completed applications should be submited by:

Email to: 

Post to:              ACF/ACL Recruitment
                            Education Management Team
                            Beechill House
                            42 Beechill Road
                            Belfast,  BT8 7RL

Becoming a clinical academic trainee provides a unique opportunity to have truly bespoke training. It is undeniably busy, but my working week combines the best parts of surgical training and academic work. I feel that I’m being challenged, encouraged and supported to develop a successful career Sandra McAllister
Trainee - Centre for Vision and Vascular Science

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