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Lecturer/Associate Professor in Microbial Biofilms


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £64,145 per annum
Full Time - Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 26 November 2019
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  1194219BJ

School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Environmental & Life Sciences, University of Southampton

Lecturer in Microbial Biofilms (Level 5):  £39,152 - £49,553 per annum
Associate Professor in Microbial Biofilms (Level 6): £51,034 - £64,145 per annum

The School of Biological Sciences is integral to cross-disciplinary research fostered by the Institute for Life Sciences at the world-leading, research-intensive University of Southampton (ranked 8th in the UK). We have core strengths in molecular and cellular biosciences spanning interests in ecology and evolution, plants and food security, microbiology, neuroscience and developmental biology. We host the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) and the Centre for Proteomic Research. We have close alliances within our own Faculty including the Schools of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Psychology, Health Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and with the Faculty of Medicine including the newly established Centre for Cancer Immunology. We pride ourselves on the quality of our education (1st in the Guardian League Tables 2019 and 2020 for Biological Sciences for student satisfaction within the Russell Group). 

As part of our phased recruitment to five new positions, we are seeking outstanding candidates for the following position: 

You will have a growing international profile in microbial biofilms in any of the following areas; health/infection, industrial, environmental. You will have an exciting opportunity to build a long-term programme linked to the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC), a BBSRC and Innovate UK-funded academic-industry hub led by the Universities of Southampton, Nottingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh, established to advance research, innovation and training in biofilms. You will have an interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations and ambitions that will build on our core strengths in molecular and cellular biosciences. You will demonstrate a passion for education and an ability to enhance our undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum in microbiology.

Strong applicants should demonstrate:

  • a PhD and postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline
  • ability or potential to obtain peer-reviewed funding 
  • evidence of distinction in research through high-quality publications
  • ability or potential for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

This is a full time permanent post for a Lecturer or Associate Professor in Microbial Biofilms. The School of Biological Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating a commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. We value diversity and equality and recognise that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. 

Interviews will take place in Southampton 16 and 17 December 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on both days.

For further details about the post you are invited to contact the Head of School, Professor Lindy Holden-Dye 44 (0) 23 8059 9006 or Professor Jeremy Webb 44 (0) 23 8059 4390.

Application procedure

Please state in your application whether you are applying for the Lectureship or the Associate Professorship. Please include details for up to three referees, your full CV, your publication list and a 500-word research plan.

You should submit your completed online application form and paperwork at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Samantha Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1194219BJ on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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