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UK Renal Imaging Network Vacancies for Chair

UK Renal Imaging Network: vacancies for chair

Unpaid, voluntary role

Closing date: 25 July 2021

Would you like to help lead and shape the UK Renal Imaging Network (UKRIN) as a voluntary Co-Chair? We have two chair vacancies: for one, you would need a clinical/nephrology background, and for the other more of an imaging background (that includes, but is not limited to, MRI).

UKRIN co-chairs lead a dynamic and responsive group of clinicians, imaging physicists, radiologists, radiographers, computer scientists and basic scientists from across the UK, all of whom are actively involved in renal imaging research. UKRIN has voluntary secretaries to assist the co-chairs in administrative work for the group, and meetings are funded by Kidney Research UK.

UKRIN works to develop new research ideas and convert these into high-quality funding applications and link research collaborations across the UK Kidney Research Consortium (UKKRC) Clinical Study Groups (CSGs).

UKRIN was founded in 2016 and has had a very successful first three years under the leadership of current chairs Prof. Susan Francis and Dr Nicholas Selby. Together they have led UKRIN towards two major and successful funding applications: an MRC partnership grant (UKRIN-MAPS) to develop a national infrastructure for advanced renal MRI in clinical trials (PI Francis); and an EME-NIHR project applying these techniques longitudinally in a cohort of 500 CKD patients (PI Selby).

As Chair, you will

  • Lead the UK Renal Imaging Network
  • Organise meetings (with support from Kidney Research UK and UKRIN secretaries)
  • Encourage new members (from all relevant specialities, trainees and public and patient involvement members)
  • Encourage trainee engagement and development
  • Publicise the work of UKRIN
  • Report to the UK Kidney Research Consortium (twice per year)
  • Lead collaborative funding applications

The tenure of network Chairs is three years. In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, there are some additional criteria you would need to meet.


  • Current activity in UK renal imaging research
  • Prior experience in leading groups
  • Collaborative outlook
  • Good communication skills


  • Be an active member of UK Renal Imaging Network
  • Strong individual research track record (publications, grants)

When you apply, please indicate which co-chair role you would like to be considered for (clinical/nephrology or imaging). Send your CV and a one-page covering letter that outlines your three-year vision for the UKRIN to

Note: If there are more than two applications from candidates who meet the essential role criteria, the membership of the UK Renal Imaging Network will be asked to vote for their two preferred candidates. By applying, you are giving consent for your cover letter and CV to be shared with the UKRIN membership.

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