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Lecturer/Associate Professor in Ecology

Ecology and Evolution

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £64,145 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 30 January 2020
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  1218419BJ

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 strengths in ecology and evolution, cellular and molecular biosciences, food security, plants, microbiology, neuroscience and developmental biology. We have close alliances within our own Faculty with the Schools of Geography and Environmental Science and Ocean and Earth Science, and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. We have superb facilities including world-class proteomics, imaging and licensed environmentally controlled rooms. Our shared research laboratories contain individual research groups, and common equipment areas housing genomics equipment including real-time PCR, an invertebrate facility, and a plant growth facility including glasshouse. We pride ourselves on the quality of our education (1st for student satisfaction in the 2019 and 2020 Guardian League Tables for Biological Sciences within the Russell Group). 

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

Lecturer/Associate Professor in Ecology (Salary:  £39152 - £64145). You will have a growing international profile in ecology in any of the following areas: land-use change, food systems, and/or sustainability, using methods that could include spatial modelling, field experiments, and/or molecular techniques. You will have an interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations and ambitions that will build on strengths in ecology within the School of Biological Sciences. Your research will complement the interests of colleagues across the faculty who work on the ecologies of tropical and temperate agricultural landscapes, agri-ecosystems and food security, biogeography and remote sensing. We encourage applications with a molecular ecology component who will take advantage of our excellent laboratory facilities. You will demonstrate a passion for education and an ability to enhance our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in biology, ecology and zoology, including the student experience of field ecology.

Strong applicants should demonstrate:

  • a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in biological sciences or related field
  • 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

The School of Biological Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating 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 on 10 and 11 February 2020. 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 lmhd@soton.ac.uk 44 (0) 23 8059 9006 or Professor Patrick Doncaster cpd@soton.ac.uk 44 (0) 23 8059 4352.

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 at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1218419BJ on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Silver Award holder: Biological Sciences


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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