3 x Assistant or Associate Professor of Life Sciences (71560-1121) . Job Reference: 1881013

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

January 16, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category



Life Sciences


£51,799 - £60,022 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

3 x permanent, full-time positions.

Applications are invited for three positions of Assistant or Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick in the UK.

The School of Life Sciences (SLS) would like to appoint excellent and ambitious early career scientists to our academic staff. We are looking for individuals who are capable of developing innovative and original research programmes that address current and future challenges in life science, such as environmental change, sustainable intensification, biology of disease, understanding whole organism dynamics or engineering biology. Your research must complement our existing portfolio, which includes environmental biosciences, plant and crop sciences, biomedical sciences, synthetic biology and biotechnology. Researchers who can bridge between SLS themes and other departments are particularly encouraged. You will have a strong publication profile and a track record of writing or contributing to successful grant proposals. Successful candidates will benefit from Warwick's continuing investment in STEM and our strong research and teaching community.

Research within SLS is supported by cutting-edge experimental and computational facilities, including genomics, proteomics, advanced confocal, flow cytometry, light and electron microscopy facilities, bioinformatics, close links to analytical capabilities in Chemistry and Physics as well as the Alan Turing Institute, specialist insect, fish and rodent support units, plus fully supported controlled environment facilities near Gibbet Hill and field and glasshouse capabilities at our Wellesbourne campus. SLS attracts a diverse, vibrant, high-achieving community of undergraduate and postgraduate students from a number of Doctoral Training Programmes. We deliver high quality teaching using a blend of traditional and innovative teaching methods, and consistently achieve high scores in the National Student Satisfaction survey. You must therefore also be able to show commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate education. You will contribute to small group tutorials, research projects, practical sessions and lectures and will be encouraged to innovate with teaching delivery.

We believe that collegiality, openness, inclusivity and diversity are essential for an excellent research and teaching environment and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. Our workplace ethic has enabled us to gain an Athena SWAN Silver award.

To be considered for one of these positions, please complete the online application, including a CV and names of three expert referees. Please also provide a covering letter of no more than three pages outlining how you meet the job description and associated criteria, as well as your future research objectives and aspirations. Please include details on how you will attract funding to develop your research portfolio, describe what makes your research distinctive, and outline how you would develop collaborations within SLS and externally. Please also state whether you wish to be considered for the Assistant or Associate Professor position.

For informal enquiries, please contact the Head of School, Prof Miriam Gifford (miriam.gifford@warwick.ac.uk).

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


You will undertake research, teaching, collaboration, administration and other activities in order to develop your own career and profile and to support the successful work of the School of Life Sciences in developing and enhancing its reputation, both within and outside the University.


Research, Scholarship and Impact

• Carry out independent research and act as principal investigator and project leader.

• Contribute to the research activities of the School by developing and sustaining your own research programme, planning and coordinating research activities and collaborations to develop an expert reputation in your own subject area.

• Publish and disseminate research outcomes and results in appropriate refereed journals of international standing, as well as through other outlets.

• Collaborate with colleagues and support existing and developing relationships with academic partners.

• Contribute to the development of research impact, through building relationships and partnerships that help to enhance research income generation through, for example, entrepreneurship and joint research programmes with commercial partners.

• Apply for, negotiate and manage research funds to the benefit of your research activity and the research standing of the University as measured by, for example, the REF.

• Manage and help develop the skills of research staff and students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.

• Engage in external academic activities in accordance with the School's research strategy and enhance the school's national/international research profile. Activities include delivery of research papers at conferences, membership of committees of academic bodies, external examining, participation in knowledge transfer, development of industrial links, and journal editorships.

Teaching and Learning Support

• Engage in teaching at all levels using relevant teaching methods, e.g. lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc, working as part of the teaching team.

• Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and materials, which may be novel or innovative, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. This will include contribution to regular reflection on the enhancement of the School's curricula.

• Undertake curriculum design and deliver material across a range of programmes of study at various levels, using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving as required.

• Supervise research students (PhD, M Phil, MSc, MRes).

• Supervise undergraduate student projects and, where appropriate, placements and field trips.

• Take responsibility for academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.

• Co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support for students within the programme, course or modules for which the post holder is responsible, liaising where necessary with other University agencies such as Wellbeing Support Services.

• Provide first line support for colleagues, referring them to sources of further help if required.

Administration and Other Activities

• Contribute to the efficient management and administration of the School by performing administrative duties as allocated by the Head of School and by taking on appropriate academic responsibilities. Such duties may include, for example, Course Directorship, Admissions or Outreach Officer or Research Theme leadership.

• Provide leadership to those working within programme areas, as course leader or equivalent, by for example co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans.

• Contribute to the development of teams and individuals through the appraisal system and by providing advice on personal development.

• Act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.

• Contribute to the management or monitoring of budgets (either project-based or School level) and/or contribute to the establishment and management of programme/School financial plans and budgets, in collaboration as appropriate.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree and a PhD or equivalent qualification and appropriate professional experience. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven ability in research/scholarship with excellence in published work at an international level in relevant fields. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 3

Proven ability to lead or contribute to winning research grants (or potential ability for Assistant Professor). (a,c)

Essential Criteria 4

Understanding/willingness to understand and respect equal opportunity issues as they may impact on all areas of the job. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 5

Engagement in continuous professional development. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research and teaching programmes. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 7

Good effective communication (oral and written), presentation and training skills

Essential Criteria 8

Effective people management skills, able to create a culture of collegiality, continuous improvement and forge/maintain effective professional relationships with all staff, internal/external stakeholders (or potential ability for Assistant Professor) (c)

Essential Criteria 9

Good understanding of the operation and role of the UK science base and funding mechanisms; awareness of international context of science funding and collaborations (desirable for Assistant Professor) (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Proven ability to engage with commercial or policy sectors, such as industry- funded research, consultancy and/or commercialisation of own research (or potential ability for Assistant Professor). (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Proven ability in teaching, e.g. successful completion of relevant teaching qualification/training, and enthusiasm for/ability to use a range of delivery techniques to engage and inspire students to learn. (a,c,d)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Overview of the School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences (SLS) is a cohesive, enthusiastic community producing world-class, high-impact bioscience research and teaching within an open, friendly, inclusive and highly collaborative environment. Research spans the full range from fundamental to strategic and translational. Funding sources include UKRI, biomedical charities, Defra, and Innovate UK as well as contracts direct with industry partners.

Our Gibbet Hill Campus is shared with Warwick Medical School and our new Biomedical Research Institute is a new shared facility which opened in 2021. Our campus has containment level 2 and 3 facilities for microbiological work and equivalent quarantine facilities that support plant science, in addition to world-class research laboratories and support infratructures. The University of Warwick operates Research Technology Platforms (RTPs) to ensure that its researchers may have access to the latest, high quality instrumentation along with expert support staff: https: // warwick.ac.uk/research/rtp/

Several are situated in SLS or are joint with SLS:

• Bioinformatics RTP • Advanced Bioimaging RTP • Biomedical Services Unit RTP • Electron Microscopy RTP • Polymer Characterisation RTP • Scientific Computing RTP • WPH Proteomics RTP • X-ray Diffraction RTP

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

16 Jan 2022

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