Clinical Academic Training Office

Research and education opportunities for clinicians

Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) Posts at Imperial College London: 2019/2020

Imperial College London is currently open for applications to our Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) posts for 2019/2020.

These posts are aimed at medical trainees usually without a higher degree (PhD/MPhil) with the aim of preparing them to obtain a Clinical Research Training Fellowship or other funding to complete a PhD/MD (Res).

NIHR has awarded 14 ACF posts to Imperial College London for 2019, and others may be available via individual departments. All applications to these posts should be made through the Oriel online recruitment portal.  HEE manages recruitment to these posts on our behalf and enquiries about the application process should be made directly to HEE

Some ACF posts are available in a range of clinical specialties which will be recruited to in the usual way (so-called "formula posts"). These are specific to individual clinical specialties, will be advertised in Oriel under the appropriate specialty, and would allow the candidate to develop a research interest in any area at Imperial College London. In addition, we have some ACF posts available in cross-disciplinary research themes to which candidates from a restricted selection of specialties may apply

For further details about ACF posts available, please click here.


Welcome to the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO)
Imperial College Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) offers a wide range of opportunities and support activities to enable clinicians (doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists) to become involved in research and education. Through a range of initiatives trainees and other healthcare professionals can complete their training/carry out roles whilst learning and undertaking research alongside internationally renowned clinicians and researchers.

The AHSC is a partnership between Imperial College London (ICL), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBHT) and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMH).   The purpose of the AHSC is to utilise excellence in research and education to transform health outcomes.

Clinical academic training activities at ICHT and ICL are overseen by the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO), and are managed on a daily basis by colleagues in ICL departments, clinical divisions and departments at ICHT and the North West Thames Foundation School.  To see resources and events for clinical researchers at RMH visit the BRC Training hub website.  Visit the research section of the RBHT website for details about support and events available at RBHT.