Quain Professor or Associate Professor of Plant or Fungal Evolutionary Biology

University College London - Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment

The salary range will be as follows:

Associate Professor: at an appropriate point on the Grade 9 scale (not less than £52,132 per annum, plus London Allowance of £3,031). 

Professor: at an appropriate point on the Grade 10 scale (negotiable from £66,008 per annum, plus London Allowance of £3,031).

We seek to appoint a scientist as Quain Professor or Associate Professor of Plant or Fungal Evolutionary Biology. The successful candidate will have an international reputation in the field of Plant or Fungal Evolutionary Biology and will provide leadership in expanding the study and teaching in this area across UCL.

The Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) is one of four Research Departments in the Division of Biosciences at UCL, one of the world’s leading centres for basic biological sciences and part of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences. The post will be held in the Centre for Life’s Origins and Evolution, a cross-departmental institute within GEE. The candidate’s research will fit into one of the three themes of CLOE: origins of life and of major innovations; pattern of evolution at all time scales, across the tree of life; and the processes underpinning the emergence of biological complexity/diversity. Areas of interest include, but are not restricted to: comparative genomics; diversification of major groups; evolution of plant/fungal interactions; the genetic basis of key transitions; plastid origins; evodevo. We welcome applicants working on any taxa from unicells to angiosperms. The research may be computational, experimental or both.

GEE is home to world-class geneticists, evolutionary biologists, computational biologists and ecologists. The appointee will be expected to develop links with other CLOE researchers, with members of other GEE institutes, including the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) and the Institute for Healthy Ageing (IHA) and with researchers in other Departments and Faculties. GEE has strong links to the wider community of London-based researchers, especially the Zoological Society of London and the Natural History Museum.

The successful applicant will demonstrate capability for teaching and will contribute to the development of teaching at undergraduate and masters levels. The successful candidate will have an internationally recognised record of research in the field of Plant or Fungal Evolutionary Biology; a record of running a productive, independent research group; publishing original research in highly regarded journals; attracting external funding throughout their career; and experience teaching graduate and undergraduate students. The appointee will possess a PhD or equivalent qualification.

The post is available from June 2018 onwards. Applications should include cover letter; curriculum vitae; an account of current research activities; and a plan of future research intentions. Please include the names of three references. To discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Max Telford, Chair of the Search Committee (m.telford@ucl.ac.uk), or Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of GEE (a.pomiankowski@ucl.ac.uk).

Closing Date: 12 January 2018 

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: Early March 2018

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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