Professor in Plant Molecular Biology
Durham University Department of Biosciences
United Kingdom

Professor in Plant Molecular Biology
Vacancy reference: BIOS20-1

Department: Biosciences
Responsible to: Head of Department
Grade: 10
Salary range: Competitive salary based on our professorial Pay Scales (starting at £64,606 and going considerably higher based on experience)
Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares
Opening date: 01/08/2019
Closing date: 15/09/2019
Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 Sept 2020

The role
The Department of Biosciences is consistently ranked in the top 5 UK Biological Sciences Departments in the Complete University Guide and was ranked 8th for Research Impact in REF2014. We aim to appoint outstanding new academic staff from diverse backgrounds to strengthen research in cross-disciplinary approaches to fundamental biological questions, with impact on the bioeconomy, and to provide students with an outstanding educational and training experience.

The Department currently seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Professor of Plant Molecular Biology and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with research and teaching interests in any area of the molecular biology, cell biology or biochemistry of plants that are consistent with research priorities in the Department. Research is focused around four key themes - animal cells & systems; biomolecular interactions; ecology, evolution & environment; and molecular plant sciences. This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching in plant sciences while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in a particularly exciting and progressive department.

We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive. Academic colleagues are supported to publish world-leading and world-changing research in their area of interest in highest impact journals with a focus on quality rather than quality. We will fully support your research needs including practical, help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. Sitting alongside world-class research; teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first-class learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to progress through the levels of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

All of our Professors are encouraged to focus on quality and innovation in their research and teaching and to provide excellent leadership in the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department, discipline and University in support of the wider student experience. We of course value research income, which is a necessary input to drive research.

The Department of Biosciences is particularly interested in receiving outstanding applications from women, and from candidates of ethnic minority backgrounds, to increase our diversity. Durham University offers a generous scheme for maternity leave as well as arrangements for paternity leave and a nursery run by the University. As an employer committed to promoting the very best talent, we also encourage applications from researchers who may have taken career breaks for family or other reasons, or who may need to consider flexible working.


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