Lecturer in Plant-Microbe Interactions
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a temporary Lecturer in Plant Sciences, available from January 2022 for up to 5 years.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduates; research; supervision of postgraduate students; other duties associated with academic life. There is the opportunity for the successful applicant to become a Fellow of a College.

We welcome excellent candidates in Plant-Microbe Interactions/Plant Pathology/ Microbiology, particularly those interested in how microbes function in the environment and in communities. The appointee will join a Department whose teaching and research stretches across the whole gamut of plant science, from ecology and conservation, through physiology and metabolism, to genetics and genomics. It has a long history of excellence in plant pathology and has recently formed an alliance with NIAB to establish the Crop Science Centre, whose research aims include plant interactions with both beneficial and detrimental microbes.

The major focus of the Lecturer will be to teach undergraduates through lectures, practical classes and small group supervisions, and they will be encouraged to develop their own innovations in teaching methods, alongside mentoring and professional development courses. We will support the successful candidate to develop a research programme that complements and reinforces the existing Departmental research portfolio. Because of the temporary nature of the position, there is the possibility for laboratory space and access to equipment to be provided as part of an established group to facilitate initiation of a research programme.

Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant field and sufficient breadth and/or depth of specialist knowledge in their chosen discipline to be able to teach to a high standard.

They should also have evidence of excellence in research that is reflected in their publications, and experience in research methods and techniques to develop research objectives, projects and proposals.

Please include with your application a detailed CV (including an up-to-date publications list, and for three of your outputs a concise narrative outlining the context for each piece of work and the importance of the findings). Your covering letter should indicate how you would contribute to teaching and research in the Department.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD27650 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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