Reader/Senior Lecturer in Immunology

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 5, 2022


Reader/Senior Lecturer in Immunology


Immunology is a fast-moving field, addressing a broad range of important diseases and contributing to improvements in global health. Health inequality underlies many health challenges, both locally and globally, as has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the University of Glasgow, Centre for Immunobiology we aim to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive the immune response in infectious and inflammatory diseases and contribute to their resolution. Our research therefore makes a critical contribution to University strategic goals in Precision Medicine & Chronic Diseases, One Health and Addressing Inequalities.

The Centre for Immunobiology is home to internationally renowned, fundamental research programmes in areas such as mucosal immunology, immune regulation, chemokine, and cytokine biology. These programmes align with a strategic aim of the Institute to investigate the spatial and dynamic architecture of the immune system, to understand immune function in homeostasis and disease. This is facilitated through the Institute's considerable expertise in the study of the diseases of health inequality with externally funded Centres of Excellence in Rheumatological, Cardiovascular and Infectious Diseases (parasite & virus). These provide collaborative opportunities to investigate immunology from the molecular to the population level. In addition, the ‘living laboratory' development provides a real opportunity to study lifelong immunity and inflammation in different socio-economic backgrounds and the ‘Blantyre- Blantyre' and MEIRU partnerships in Malawi have the potential for similar studies and comparisons in an LMIC context.

Job Purpose

The post holder will lead and undertake world-class research consistent with the research strategy of the Institute and College. The post holder will build an internationally competitive and externally grant funded research program, publishing high impact research papers, presenting at international meetings/symposia, and participating in review and advisory groups and panels. In addition, the post holder will supervise and teach students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, supervise post-doctoral researchers, lead on curriculum development, and undertake appropriate administration as requested by the Director of Institute. The post holder will contribute to business developments and public policy debates concerned with the subject specialism. The postholder will be of international standing with an appropriate record of academic achievement in their specialist area of Immunology.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


1. To provide outstanding academic leadership by providing a coherent vision for research and postgraduate training and by inspiring the highest standards of research by Institute staff.

2. To contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile and international standing of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation through developing and sustaining an extensive track record of publications in high impact journals, contributing to international meetings and taking part in review and granting panels at national/international level, as appropriate. There is an expectation that, as PI, the post holder will maintain an extensive grant funding portfolio.

3. To develop and lead an internationally recognised research programme aligned with the Centre's strategic areas by developing appropriate resources, recruiting and maintaining a highly productive research group, and securing external funding through grants and fellowships.

4. To be involved in the integration of Immunology research with other appropriate specialisms and cross cutting research beacons at the University of Glasgow.

5. To proactively collaborate with other institutes and bodies to create new research groups and approaches.

6. Provide leadership to junior members of staff and students through research collaboration, supervision and mentorship.

7. To contribute to the formulation of research strategy within subject specialism, the Institute and College, as appropriate.

8. To deliver invited and reviewed talks at national and international conferences and workshops.

9. To foster good relations with relevant sponsors, including reporting research findings.

10. To supervise and mentor research students through to timely completion of their degrees.

11. To engage in external academic activities in accordance with Institute research strategy which enhance the College's international profile.

12. To undertake external PhD examining.

13. To undertake appropriate administrative responsibility as required by the Director of Institute, including but not limited to, selection, assessment, mentoring and development of post-doctoral and pre-doctoral research scientists.

14. To contribute to the academic community through the editorship/review process of internationally respected journals and/or serving on professional bodies/research board(s).


15. To fully participate in teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates, as required by the Director of Institute.

16. To contribute to Graduate School activities with the aim of broadening the skills and experience of postgraduate students.

17. Where required, to lead curriculum development reflecting subject advances.

18. Where required, to contribute to development of new degree programmes.

19. To design and lecture on modules in undergraduate/postgraduate courses, to a high standard, in line with research and departmental goals.

20. To assess student work (coursework, exams) in timely and effective way, providing constructive feedback where required.

21. To propose and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate team and individual projects.

22. To perform external examining, as appropriate.


23. To participate fully in and chair appropriate committees, and contribute to the management of Institute/College operations.

24. To actively contribute to the development of Institute strategy, priorities, direction and success.

25. To represent Institute activities outwith the Institute and University.

26. To contribute to Institute/College working groups, as appropriate.

27. To participate in Institute performance reviews.

28. To contribute to the efficient administration and servicing of the department as required by the Director of Institute.

The award of Readership requires a candidate to meet the criteria of Grade 9 Senior Lecturer plus have made a sustained and distinguished contribution to research which brings external recognition to both the applicant and the University.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/ Qualifications


A1. PhD in relevant subject area.

A2. Extensive track record of published research aligned with the Centre's strategic areas.

A3. Distinction in scholarship and research.

A4. A developing international recognised research profile.

A5. Up to date knowledge of research issues and future direction in subject area.

A6. Clear understanding of equality and diversity issues relevant to students and employees.

A7. Knowledge of research ethics compliance requirements.



C1. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

C2. Demonstrably excellent presentation skills

C3. Proven time management and organisational skills

C4. Proven project and budget management skills.

C5. Demonstrable leadership skills within an internationally renowned academic environment.

C6. Proven ability to act strategically in terms of research and teaching.

C7. Demonstrable ability to conduct research at an internationally competitive level.

C8. Demonstrable ability to manage difficult situations, including staffing situations, as appropriate.

C9. Evidence of ability to attract external funding.

C10. Proven University teaching ability, including assessment and interest in curriculum development.



E1. Substantial academic/professional experience in subject specialism.

E2. Significant experience of research leadership with developing record of outstanding research publications.

E3. Proven experience of successfully securing research grant funding.

E4. Proven experience of successful project management.

E5. Internationally established research reputation and evidence of successful international collaborations.

E6. Experience of teaching, supervision and examination of PhD students and researchers at postgraduate and doctoral level.

E7. Contributions to scientific/learned societies.

E8. Experience of lecturing at university level.

Additional Information

The University of Glasgow has a proud history of Immunology research and currently runs one of the few Immunology-specific degree courses in the United Kingdom. Immunology research in the University of Glasgow incorporates a range of internationally competitive programmes in basic cellular and molecular immunology allied to major translational centres. Immunology has always been research strength of the University of Glasgow and the successful appointee will be expected to contribute to the maintenance, and furtherance, of immunology as a major research focus in Glasgow. Immunology sits within the School of Infection and Immunity, which boasts extensive technical expertise in cellular, molecular and in vivo biology and excellent translational links. There are also strong research and teaching links to programmes in low and middle-income countries, which provide an opportunity for important health comparisons internationally. There is therefore a rich technical infrastructure and environment suitable for supporting any contemporary programme in immunology.

Glasgow is an exciting and productive environment for immunology research and the proximity to colleagues working in the microbiology, parasitology, virology, cardiovascular and cancer areas provides further scope for dynamic collaborations.

Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria . If you do not address each criteria in the format explained above you will not be shortlisted for interview.

Terms and Conditions

The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade 9, £54,949 - £61,823 per annum.

This post is full time and open ended.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

Informal Enquiries should be directed to Professor James Brewer Brewer, .

It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Reference Number: 094189

Closing Date: 5 October 2022

Vacancy Ref : 094189 Close Date : 19-Oct-2022 23:45

About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg,...