[Comp-neuro] Four RCUK Academic Fellowships in Computational Modelling ofBiological Systems

Marc de Kamps dekamps at comp.leeds.ac.uk
Tue Apr 3 17:55:30 CEST 2007

Four RCUK Academic Fellowships in Computational Modelling of Biological


Four RCUK Fellowships are available under the theme of Computational
Modelling of Biological Systems as part of a University wide
interdisciplinary initiative between the Faculties of Medicine & Health,
Biological Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics & Physical Sciences to
facilitate research at the interface of computing and mathematical modelling
with biological and medical sciences.  These tenure track fellowships
provide the opportunity for individuals of considerable potential to
establish their independent research careers.  The focus of each Fellowship
will be expected to cross disciplines, but each will be hosted within one
Faculty.  Specific topics within the theme are:


1.                  Computational and Chemical Structural Biology for
Development of Cancer Drugs.  

2.                  Computer Simulation of Biological Self Assembly.  

3.                  New methodologies in Bioinformatics.

4.                  Bioinformatics for Predictive Biology.  


These positions are available immediately for five years followed by a
transfer to an established academic post (subject to satisfactory completion
of probation).  Candidates who can demonstrate a strong research track
record and significant future potential are encouraged to apply.  Part-time
applications may be considered (minimum level of 50%fte).  The duration of
the Fellowship will remain 5 years.


University Grade 7 (£26,666 - £31,840 p.a.) or University Grade 8 (£32,795 -
£39,160 p.a.) depending on skills and experience.


For further information and informal discussions on one the above posts
please contact:


Topic 1:  Professor Terrence Rabbitts, Leeds Institute of Molecular
Medicine, t.rabbitts at leeds.ac.uk  

Topic 2:  Dr Robert Kelsall, Centre for Self Organising Molecular Systems,
r.w.kelsall at leeds.ac.uk  

Topic 3:  Professor Peter Jimack, School of Computing,
p.k.jimack at leeds.ac.uk 

Topic 4:  Professor David Westhead, Faculty of Biological Sciences,
d.r.westhead at leeds.ac.uk  


To apply on line please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk
<http://www.leeds.ac.uk/>  and click on jobs.  Alternatively, application
packs are available from Mr A Bateman, Faculty Staff Recruitment Office, tel
+44(0)113 343 8040, email fbsjobs at leeds.ac.uk


Job ref 313158  Closing date 26 April 2007  Please state clearly the topics
you are applying for.



Further Particulars


Specific research areas for the four fellowships


These positions represent an integrated research initiative linking the
Faculties of Medicine & Health, Biological Sciences, Mathematics & Physical
Sciences and Engineering to deliver research at the interface of
mathematical modelling, computing and biomedical sciences.  Leeds has made
significant investments in infrastructure and new appointments to enhance
capacity in mathematical and systems biology and these topics reflect one
strand of the integrated cross-faculty research strategy.  Each Fellowship
will be hosted by a single faculty but research is expected to cross
disciplines.  We offer a strong multidisciplinary setting within which
individuals can develop their academic independence.  


1.                  Computational and chemical structural biology for
development of novel cancer drugs.


This Fellowship will enhance links between three areas of research strength,
namely cancer research in the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (LIMM),
organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and structural biology at
the Astbury Centre through the application of computer modelling and
structural biology to develop novel therapeutic approaches to targets in
cancer which can be exploited by Medicinal Chemistry. Training in chemistry
and computational biology are essential requirements for this post. Leeds
has considerable expertise in these areas which recently came together in a
proposal for major national funding in Experimental Cancer Medicine linked
to the existing funded programmes in cancer research.  The Fellowship will
encompass opportunities in novel target identification, computer modelling
of potential ligands, synthetic chemistry and structural biology.  The post
will be held in the Section of Experimental Therapeutics in LIMM, which is
within the Faculty of Medicine and Health.


2.                  Computer simulation of biological self-assembly.


Many components of biological systems contain information in their chemical
structures to facilitate spontaneous self assembly into complicated 3-D
structures. These structures are dynamic in both time and space, and can be
provoked to disassemble and reassemble in alternative forms.  This
Fellowship will be hosted by the Centre for Self Organising Molecular
Systems within the Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences and will
support an expert in the mathematical modelling of biological self assembly
processes in natural and non-natural environments with the strategic aim of
developing a leading position for Leeds in this field.  This post would
complement existing activities in the Astbury Centre Structural Molecular
Biology which interfaces between the Faculties of Biological Sciences with
Mathematics & Physical Sciences.


3.                  New methodologies in bioinformatics.


New technologies are creating vast bioinformatics data sets that require
processing, analysis and modelling to address key questions in systems
biology.  To face new challenges, new algorithms are being implemented to
process, analyse and visualise data, and integrate knowledge from varied
sources.  These exciting developments facilitate novel modelling approaches
for complex networks, molecular evolution, cell dynamics, and more.  The
post will focus on the development of new bioinformatic methodologies, from
development of mathematical and computational tools, to data-driven and
higher level modelling of complex systems.  The post will be hosted by the
School of Computing within the Faculty of Engineering and would be expected
to interface closely with the Faculty of Biological Sciences to further
enhance existing cross-faculty research.


4.                  Bioinformatics for predictive biology.


Advances in high throughput experimental approaches to generate these
complex biological datasets and the computational analysis of these data
sets underpins an expanding activity in the life sciences.   Data generated
from high throughput ‘omics’ techniques requires innovative approaches to
interfaces between biologists and computer scientists.  This Fellowship
would focus on bioinformatic analysis of complex data sets as a core element
of predictive biology linking to lab based research using any experimental
system. This topic encompasses a breadth of activity and could address the
analysis of populations, organisms, cells or molecules.  The Fellowship will
be hosted within the Faculty of Biological Sciences but will be anticipated
to link closely with the School of Computing.  Considerable opportunities
exist for interdisciplinary collaborations in the Faculties of Medicine &
Health, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Earth &
Environment as appropriate.


Background Information 


Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (Faculty of Medicine and Health)

Contact:  Director Professor Terrence Rabbitts FRS FMed Sci


The Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine with major investment from the
Wellcome Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Leeds
Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Trustees and the University of Leeds was
opened in October 2005.  It is fully equipped to the highest standards.
This £20M building, when added to the other research buildings on the St
James’s University Hospital campus will create a research institute of
12,000 square metres and 600 bench working research scientists.  The
Institute incorporates the Coordinating Centres for the National Cancer
Research Network, the UK Clinical Research Network and a National
Translational (NTRAC) Cancer Research Centre.


The Sections within the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine are:


*             Clinical Trials Research Unit – Professor Julia Brown.

*             Biostatistics and Epidemiology – Professor Tim Bishop.  

*             Experimental Haematology – Professor Constanze Bonifer.   

*             Experimental Therapeutics – Professor Terrence Rabbitts.

*             Genetics – Professor David Bonthron.

*             Medicine, Surgery & Anaesthesia – Professor Peter Howdle.

*             Molecular Gastroenterology – Professor Mark Hull.

*             Musculoskeletal Disease – Professor Paul Emery.

*             Oncology and Cancer Research UK Clinical Centre – Professor
Peter Selby.

*             Ophthalmology and Neurosciences – Professor Chris Inglehearn.

*             Pathology & Tumour Biology – Professor Phil Quirke.


Further details on research within the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine
can be found on our web site http://www.leeds.ac.uk/medhealth/limm/ 


Centre for Self Organising Molecular Systems (Faculty of Mathematics and
Physical Sciences)

Contact: Dr Robert Kelsall


The Centre for Self Organising Molecular Systems (SOMS) is an
interdisciplinary research centre involving collaboration between academic
staff and researchers from the physics, chemistry, biology, medicine,
dentistry, materials, electronics and mechanical engineering disciplines,
for research on molecular self-assembly, self-organisation and related
aspects of molecular nanotechnology.  The centre was established in 1993,
and occupies custom-designed research premises which include laboratories
for chemical synthesis and electrical and optical characterisation, as well
a computer cluster and research study space.  The principal SOMS research
themes are self-assembling biomolecules, supported and suspended
biomembranes, self-organising liquid crystals, assembly of supramolecular
structures, directed assembly, and nanotoxicity.  Examples of major ongoing
SOMS projects include a £2.5 million RCUK Basic Technology project on
“Biofunctionalised Surfaces” and an EU consortium project on “Bio-based
Functional Materials from Engineering Self-Assembling Peptides” (BASE).  In
addition to its research activities, the SOMS Centre is also home to the
University’s nanotechnology degree programmes, including the “Nanofolio”
group of nanotechnology MSc programmes (delivered in partnership with
Sheffield University) and a 3 year integrated Nanotechnology BSc degree, and
is thus one of Europe’s leading providers of nanotechnology education.  


The SOMS Centre is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
(MAPS), which also includes the Schools of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry,
Mathematics, the Department of Colour and Polymer Chemistry and the Procter
Department of Food Science.  The Faculty includes approximately 140 academic
staff, 100 postdoctoral research fellows, and over 250 PhD students.  All
academic units within the Faculty were rated Grade 5 or 5* in the last
research assessment exercise.  The Faculty has benefited from extensive
laboratory infrastructure investment in recent years, particularly in the
areas of chemistry and molecular/nanoscale physics.   Further information on
the centre for Self Organising Molecular Systems can be found at


School of Computing (Faculty of Engineering)

Contact: Professor Peter Jimack


The School of Computing is one of five Schools within the Faculty of
Engineering at Leeds. It was rated at Grade 5 in the 2001 Research
Assessment Exercise and our research is organised across three Research
Groups: Artificial Intelligence, Multidisciplinary Informatics and Theory of
Computing. The research undertaken within the School is very diverse,
ranging from the mathematical fundamentals of algorithms, through a broad
range of AI, on to the applied and the interdisciplinary. Other disciplines
that we actively engage with include Biology, Engineering, Mathematics,
Medicine, Psychology and many more. This is reflected in the rich breadth of
publications and software that are produced by our staff. The value of
active research grants within the School is well over £8M and we currently
employ approximately 25 post-doctoral Research Fellows and have over 70
Research Students (many registered jointly with other Schools). 


The Biosystems research in the School of Computing is based within the
Multidisciplinary Informatics Research Group and aims to form a bridge
between computational and biological sciences. Its research ranges from the
foundational study of biological systems, through computational biology and
bioinformatics, to the application of insights from such research to the
foundations of computation and complexity. The group actively collaborates
within the School, and across departments and faculties, as well as
nationally and internationally. Current Biosystems research is funded by a
number of major EPSRC and BBSRC grants, and focuses on problems in
computational neuroscience, invertebrate neurobiology, and gene networks.
Computational approaches include stochastics, statistical physics, random
graphs and complex networks, bioinformatic tools, and traditional
computational neuroscience. Further details of the Biosystems research may
be found at http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/biosystems/ 


Faculty of Biological Sciences

Contact:  Professor David Westhead 


The Faculty of Biological Sciences is one of the largest in the UK, with
more than 150 academic staff.  Research is coordinated within our three
Research Institutes: The Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the
Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology and the Institute of Integrative
and Comparative Biology.  Research activity within the Faculty covers the
breadth of biological sciences with considerable strengths in
multidisciplinary cross-Faculty research.   Our activities represent six
core themes which are represented by Research Groups housed within the three
research Institutes.  These groupings are: Molecular and Cellular Biology,
The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, Integrative Membrane
Biology, Cardiovascular Research, The Centre for Plant Sciences and
Genetics, Ecology and Evolution.  Mathematical modelling and bioinformatics
are integral to much of our activity across this broad portfolio and the
position could align with activity in area of activity. 


The Faculty has an outstanding research record and all three of its major
units of assessment were awarded Grade 5 in the 2001 HEFCE Research
Assessment Exercise.  In the academic year 2003/2004 research spend for the
Faculty was just under £17 million, with funding from a wide range of
Charities, the Research Councils, the European Union and Industrial sources.
Two large awards have also been made to the Faculty from the Joint
Infrastructure Fund: £8 million for a Centre for Biomolecular Interactions
and £2.3 million to the Centre for Plant Sciences for plant growth


We are currently in phase 3 of a £30M investment of SRIF funding which has
underpinned links with the Faculty of Medicine, to establish a new
collaborative institute, the Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and
Therapeutics (LIGHT), and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences,
to establish initiatives in Bionanosciences and Advanced Molecular
Biophysics within The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, again
linking biological and physical sciences.  Further SRIF investment funded
the Centre for Integrative Membrane Biology with commitment for further
refurbishment to support Cardiovascular Research and Cell & Molecular
Biology. As a result of these awards and a substantial programme of building
and refurbishment, the Faculty offers excellent laboratory accommodation.
It also provides access to a superlative range of equipment required for
cutting edge research across the Biological Sciences and very lively
interfaces to physical sciences and medicine. 


In addition to permanent academic staff, the Faculty has over 400
postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students.  Most of these students are
supported by the Research Councils, but the Faculty also hosts a prestigious
Wellcome Trust four-year PhD studentship programme and BBSRC doctoral
training accounts.  In addition, the Faculty hosts three European Union
Marie Curie Training Sites.  Faculty research interests are described on our
web pages http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk <http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/> 


Background to the RCUK Fellowship Scheme


The Research Councils UK (RCUK) Academic Fellowship scheme has been
developed in response to the Roberts Review ‘Set for Success’ which
highlighted the key concerns and issues affecting the careers of contract
research staff.  Funded by the Research Councils, the scheme provides for a
transition between postdoctoral positions and academic posts. Fellowships
will be five years in length and will guarantee a transfer to an established
academic position on completion (subject to satisfactory completion of
probation). In the early stages of the Fellowship there will be a strong
emphasis on research, with elements of teaching and outreach to schools
increasing to a maximum of 50% in year 5. Fellows will be provided with
appropriate training and development opportunities. 


The main aims of the scheme are to: 


*                Provide career-related training and aid the development of
a clearer career path for Contract Research Staff into academic posts.

*                Build on the expertise and reputations of Contract Research

*                Be accessible to underrepresented groups (such as women and
ethnic minorities).

*                Encourage outreach work into schools, to enthuse future

*                Provide an established academic position at the end of the


Full details of the national Academic Fellowship scheme are available at


Further details of how the scheme will operate at Leeds are outlined below.


The Academic Fellowship scheme builds on a successful University Research
Fellowship programme which has operated at Leeds since 1995.  During that
time over 90 staff have been appointed to this programme, many of whom have
progressed to Readerships or Chairs during, or shortly after the 5 year
Fellowship period. 

Details of the Fellowship Scheme at Leeds


This is the second year of the Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship
scheme. The University of Leeds has been hugely successful in its
application to this national scheme having being awarded 15 Fellows in the
first year of the Scheme and 13 in the second year. Each Fellowship receives
an award of £125K from RCUK which will be supplemented, as appropriate, from
the University’s strategic research funds.


Requirements of the Fellowship


In the first year you will be expected to concentrate on undertaking
research with a small amount of tutoring. In the following years of the
Fellowship you will undertake an increasing amount of teaching, project
management and outreach to schools - where Fellows will try and enthuse
young people and participate in other activities involving the wider public.


The Fellow will be expected to develop skills appropriate to an academic
position. The University is committed to a programme of career and personal
development for research and academic staff. The Fellow will be required to
agree with the Head of School an appropriate development programme which may
include training in the areas of learning and teaching methods as well as
presentation, budgeting and management skills.


Fellows will be required to make an annual report on their progress during
the period of the five year Fellowship.


Career Progression


Appointments will be subject to a five year probationary period in two


In the first stage of the probationary period, the Fellows will be required
at the outset of their appointment to agree a set of specific research
targets, against which their progression can be measured. Your performance
will be reviewed against the agreed criteria after 36 months. At this
review, which will involve an external assessor, the University will be able
to take a view on the extent to which you have confirmed your potential for
independent academic research.  


Successful completion of the first stage of the review will lead to
automatic progression to the second stage which includes a review of
teaching and administrative performance and outreach duties. New criteria
and performance targets will be agreed and Fellows will, therefore, be
expected to take on some additional duties.  In no case will these
additional duties represent more than half of the workload of a normal
member of academic staff in the same disciplinary area, and they will in the
main consist of teaching and outreach duties.  


On successful completion of probation, you should expect to progress to an
established academic post at the conclusion of the Fellowship.


If probation is not successfully completed, the Fellowship will terminate at
the end of the 5 years, or after 6 months written notice. 


Fellows who do not achieve the agreed targets will be provided with
supportive career counselling to enable them to maximise the value of their
research training.  The University of Leeds aims to provide a generic
training base which fully validates the transferable skills acquired through
research and provides the best possible opportunity for all employees to
move to a successful career within or outside the University.


Appointment will normally be made at University Grade 7 £26,402 - £31,525
p.a. (a more senior appointment at University Grade 8 £32,471 - £38,772
p.a.) may be considered for a particularly outstanding candidate.  Part-time
applications may be considered (minimum level of 50%fte).  The duration of
the Fellowship will remain 5 years.


Applicants who are offered and accept a Fellowship must take up the post by
either by 30th September 2007 or 30th September 2008 as appropriate to the
specific post.

Person Specification


Education and Professional Training 


You should have:


*             A good Honours degree and a PhD in any area of computer
science, mathematics, biological science or biomedicine or other relevant
related area as appropriate.




You should have:


*           Post-doctoral research experience in a relevant area of computer
science, mathematics, biological science or biomedicine or other relevant
related area as appropriate.

*           A proven record of achievement as a single or main author of
refereed publications of international quality.

*           A successful record of obtaining external research funding, or
the demonstration, through the elaboration of a defined research proposal,
of the potential to obtain such funding.


Personal Attributes


You should be able to demonstrate the following qualities:


*           Sound judgement and effectiveness in carrying out research.

*           Initiative, motivation and enthusiasm for supporting and
advancing research in the mathematical modelling of biological systems.

*           Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including
written and presentational.

*           The ability to provide inspiring leadership for your research

*           Effective organisational ability, including the ability to
manage time effectively and prioritise tasks.

*           The ability to work effectively, independently, and to work
under pressure.

*           The ability to discuss with/listen to others on a one-to-one

*           The potential to acquire the broader competencies required for
an academic career, including teaching, management and administrative

*           An ability to contribute to the academic development of the
University of Leeds.


Individuals employed in a permanent post, or with the promise of such a
position, are considered to have achieved one of the aims of the scheme of
helping individuals into established academic positions. They will not
therefore, be eligible to apply for this Fellowship. 

How to Apply


Completed applications should be returned to Alex Bateman, Faculty Staff
Recruitment Office, Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2
9JT, email fbsjobs at leeds.ac.uk quoting job ref 313158 not later than 26
April 2007.


Please state clearly the topic(s) you are applying for.


Applications should include the following: 

*        A completed application form.  If you wish to download an
application form please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/hr/policy/forms.htm

*        A Curriculum Vitae including start and end date of your current
contract of employment

*        An additional statement in support of your application with
reference to the Person Specification and ensuring that you cover:


a)    Your planned future research programme during the tenure of the
Academic Fellowship

b)    Your perception of the significance of your future work to the
relevant discipline(s)

c)    The way in which your work would benefit the University as a whole

d)    Details of the nature and duration of your current research project

e)    Whether or not you would bring funding to this post (e.g. through a
Personal Fellowship already awarded to you by a Research Council or Charity,
or as a result of the continuation of an existing research grant).  N.B. it
is not a condition of appointment that you bring such funding.  This
information will be used to assist with planning the allocation of the
University’s funds reserved for the Fellowships. All appointments will be
made strictly on merit. 

*                    Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (Enclosed).  Please
return the Form in a separate envelope (enclosed) marked 'EOs Monitoring'.
If you wish to complete the Equal Opportunities monitoring form on line
please visit http://tldynamic.leeds.ac.uk/equalopps/


Replies will be treated in complete confidence.


If you are selected for interview you can expect to hear from the University
not later than 4 weeks after the closing date. If you are not selected for
interview the University will not contact you again. 


Please note that if you are considering applying for this post you must be
able to supply proof of the right to work in the UK.  


A Criminal Records Disclosure is not required for this position however
applicants who have unspent convictions must indicate this in section 9 of
the application form and must declare the nature of the conviction to the
Recruitment and Administrative Co-ordinator.


Disabled Applicants


Disabled applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to
contact the department direct.  Additional information may be sought from
Disability Services, e-mail disability at leeds.ac.uk or tel +44 (0)113 343


Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability
but will still be covered by the Disability Discrimination Act once their
disability becomes known.


Data Protection


The information you provide in your application will be used to consider
your suitability for the post for which you have applied.  If your
application is not successful the information will be disposed of
confidentially after 6 months.  If your application is successful and you
are appointed, your information and future data will be processed in
accordance with the University's Data Protection Code of Practice.  A copy
of this code can be obtained from either the University's Human Resources
Department or by visiting:



Health and Safety Responsibilities


You are required to adhere to and comply with the provisions of the Health
and Safety at Work Act, related Regulations, and act in accordance with the
University’s Policy on Health and Safety which can be accessed via:



In addition you are also required to co-operate with regard to the
implementation of the Health and Safety arrangements and should not
interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interest of Health, Safety
and Welfare at Work.


For more information on the University and terms and conditions of
appointments please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk <http://www.leeds.ac.uk/> 


Equality and Diversity Statement


The University of Leeds is proud to be a multi-cultural community. We value
diversity, and are determined to ensure:

*             that we treat all individuals fairly, with dignity and

*             that the opportunities we provide are open to all;

*             that we provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment –
for staff, for students and for visitors.


We recognise that we still have work to do to secure a truly inclusive
community, and we are committed to a wide-ranging plan of action to tackle
discrimination and to promote diversity.


The Equality and Diversity Statement forms part of the University’s Equality
and Diversity Policy, which applies to staff and students alike and is
available on the University’s website at:


The University has published the following policy and code of practice which
are linked to the Equality and Diversity policy. They are also available on
the University’s website:

*             The Race Equality Policy, 

*             The Code of Practice on Harassment and Bullying  


Further policies are being developed, and will be made available on the
University’s website in due course.


Further information and advice are available from The Equality Service,
Telephone: +44 (0)113 343 3927 or by email to  <mailto:equality at leeds.ac.uk>
equality at leeds.ac.uk.


The University of Leeds


With a proud tradition and an ambitious future vision the University of
Leeds offers an exciting environment for all its staff.  We want to build on
over a century of achievement and we now have a new ambition to be in the
top 50 universities in the world by 2015.  Our staff will be crucial in
achieving this vision and we are looking for more talented people to play a
part in our future.


Established as an independent institution in 1904 we are now one of the
largest universities in the UK with an outstanding reputation for our
research and teaching.


Leeds is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-led universities and
is a founder member of the World Universities Network (WUN), a global
alliance of major international institutions gathered from the UK, North
America and Asia. These networks give our staff and students further support
for international collaboration. Our wide range of research areas – from
medicine to performing arts – creates a tremendous base for collaboration
between colleagues.


Around 12% of our 32,000 students are international and come from over 100
countries.  We are consistently one of the UK's most popular institutions
for undergraduates. They choose Leeds for the quality of our courses and
student experience.  Our students are challenged by learning and teaching
which is informed by our research. We are building stronger relationships
with our graduates, and they are increasingly playing a role in campus life.


With around 7,500 staff the University is one of the largest employers in
Leeds and one of the most diverse with staff of around 100 nationalities. We
offer a range of benefits as an employer and we are continuing to invest in
services and facilities for staff. These include a new staff centre and
plans for a new swimming pool and fitness complex which join existing
facilities like the nursery and sports centre.


Our 98 acre campus and is minutes away from the centre of one the UK's
biggest cities.


The City of Leeds


Leeds is the fastest growing city in the UK and home to over three-quarters
of a million people.  It is located in the heart of the UK and is the
regional capital of Yorkshire and the Humber.  


It is unrivalled in the north of England as a major shopping destination and
centre for the arts, entertainment, nightlife and leisure. The city has a
rich cultural heritage with a wide range of theatres, cinemas, museums and
art galleries and a thriving music scene to cater for all tastes.  Leeds has
a proud sporting tradition and there are plenty of opportunities to
participate in everything at all levels.


Home to some of the UK’s and Europe’s leading companies, Leeds has seen the
fastest rate of growth in terms of job creation in the UK over the last two
decades.  It is the main centre for the regional headquarters of government
departments and utilities providers and the National Health Service.  It is
also recognised as a major centre for financial services and is the top
legal and media centre in the UK outside London. 

Leeds has excellent communication and transport links.  The city is well
served by affordable, frequent local transport and has extensive coach and
rail services connecting Leeds with the rest of the UK.  Leeds/Bradford
airport provides regular flights to an increasing number of destinations.


Large areas of parkland make Leeds a very green city.  There are many areas
of natural beauty and interest in Leeds from the national attractions of the
Royal Armouries and the Thackray National Medical Museum to the fine
mansions of Harewood House, Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall.  Leeds is also
within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, the Lake
District and historic towns such as York, Harrogate, Ripon and Bradford.


Rich in history, with a diverse economy, thriving cultural scene and a
cosmopolitan atmosphere, Leeds stands proud as a city of regional, national
and international importance.


Removal Expenses


The University will contribute to removal expenses incurred by new members
of Academic and Academic-Related (Professional and Managerial) staff who:


*               accept a position for two years duration or more, which is
University funded,

*               accept a position that has been advertised nationally (this
includes the University website and jobs.ac.uk),

*               at the time of appointment (i.e. date of letter of
appointment) live outside a radius of 25 miles from Leeds (LS2) and who move
to within such a distance to take up the post.


Appointees based at the Bretton Campus must, in order to qualify, live
outside a radius of 25 miles from West Bretton (WF4) at the time of
appointment and should move to within such a distance to take up the post.


Claims may not cover conveyancing or estate agent's fees or other costs
involved in the relocation.  Members of staff seeking such assistance should
contact the Recruitment Service for the details of approved contractors and
a copy of the University Removals Policy.


Key Principles


For qualifying staff the University will reimburse the cost of moving
household effects only (by surface freight), the cost of storage (up to a
maximum period of six months) and insurance costs (while effects are in
transit or storage).  The costs must be reasonable and up to a maximum of


Staff joining the University from overseas on a University funded position,
may receive full reimbursement of economy class fares for all members of
their immediate family i.e. spouse/partner and children, together with
reasonable costs for removing household effects by surface freight.
Receipted invoices or other appropriate documentation should accompany all
claims for removal expenses.


Expenses are normally paid only in respect of an initial appointment and
must normally be claimed within 12 months of taking up the appointment.


The University is entitled to recover removal expenses for all staff who, at
their own volition, terminate their employment with the University within
the first 2 years of their contract.  The University will not however seek
to recover such expenses from staff granted an ex gratia payment on a
discretionary basis i.e. staff on University-funded appointments of two
years or less or staff on outside-funded appointments.






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