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Professorship in Biological Sciences


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive - Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date:   Monday 06 March 2017
Reference:  821616BJ

Ranked in the top one percent of global universities, Southampton is a leading research university of international standing. Our Biological Sciences department spans major research themes in Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Biosciences, and Molecular & Cellular Biosciences. Biological Sciences at our Highfield Campus is located in a £50M award-winning purpose-designed building. We sit at the heart of major University interdisciplinary initiatives such as the Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS,, which focuses on the interface between the life sciences, medicine, health sciences, the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, environmental, and ocean and earth sciences.

Over the next two years, we will grow by recruiting up to three academic staff across a range of disciplines in Biological Sciences. These new appointments will build critical mass in research activity and profile.

As a first stride in this process, we seek outstanding candidates in any area of the biological sciences, defined in the broadest sense, for a full Professorship in Biological Sciences. We welcome interest from candidates in fields including, but not limited to: cell and developmental biology including epigenetics; computational biology including/with a focus on bioinformatics; ecology and evolutionary biology; microbiology and biofilms; molecular biology with a focus on fundamental mechanisms; neuroscience; and plant sciences.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in the recruitment of a Lectureship (Assistant Professor) in a complementary area and with our recruitment-drive more generally to realise the transformation of Biological Sciences at Southampton.

Successful candidates will demonstrate high personal scientific standing in their field with an outstanding track record of publishing in leading international journals; research leadership; evidence of attracting significant research funding and the ability and readiness to take advantage of the multi-disciplinary research opportunities offered by the University. Experience of working in, or interfacing with, industry and/or science policy is of interest.

With over 150 doctoral and masters level students and successful teaching programmes in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Zoology, we educate and train students across a broad spectrum of the biosciences. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong track record of inspiring and mentoring students at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to the Head of Biological Sciences, Professor Keith Jones ( Further written details regarding Biological Sciences are available upon request. We offer a competitive remuneration package. The start date is negotiable from 01 August 2017. 

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at Please submit details for 3 referees, a research and teaching statement, your CV and publication list with your application. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sarah Foster (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5070. Please quote reference 821616BJ on all correspondence.

Equal Opportunities and Benefits:

The University of Southampton holds a Silver Award from Athena SWAN, and Biological Sciences a Bronze Award since 2014, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  Biological Sciences is able to provide flexible working opportunities in a part-time or job share capacity and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities, and employees may choose to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.  

  Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Centre for 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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