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.
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
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
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
10. To supervise and mentor research students through to timely completion of
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
14. To contribute to the academic community through the editorship/review
process of internationally respected journals and/or serving on professional
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
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
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
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1. PhD in relevant subject area.
A2. Extensive track record of published research aligned with the Centre's
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
A6. Clear understanding of equality and diversity issues relevant to students
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
C6. Proven ability to act strategically in terms of research and teaching.
C7. Demonstrable ability to conduct research at an internationally competitive
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
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
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.
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
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
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
James.Brewer@glasgow.ac.uk(James Brewer, James.Brewer@glasgow.ac.uk) .
It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate,
which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching
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.
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Vacancy Reference Number: 094189
Closing Date: 5 October 2022
Vacancy Ref : 094189 Close Date : 19-Oct-2022 23:45