Associate Professor/Professor in Living Systems (Education & Research)

University of Exeter - Living Systems Institute

The Living Systems Institute (LSI) is a major new initiative by the University of Exeter designed to promote interdisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of mathematics, engineering and the biological, medical and physical sciences. Its mission is to analyse living cells and organisms as integrated systems, with the aim of unravelling how diseases disrupt biological processes at the molecular, cellular and organismal level

The award winning £52m LSI building was opened in autumn 2016 and currently houses 23 Principal Investigators drawn both from newly recruited staff from leading institutions around the world ( and existing University of Exeter staff. 

Whilst our principal criterion is scientific excellence, we are particularly interested in investigators in the areas of behavioural neuroscience and host-microbiome interactions and especially those using non-mammalian model systems. We have outstanding facilities for aquatic organisms in the newly remodelled Aquatic Resources Centre ( as well as Drosophila and other invertebrates.  Researchers using computational approaches are also encouraged to apply.

About you

You will be an established leader in your field of research with an international reputation and expertise in any of the natural sciences or mathematics. Although you will be expected to sustain a strong research programme, you will also contribute to our educational programmes and to the overall student experience.

As an Associate Professor you will:

  • Be a leading authority in your field as evidenced by research publications, sustained funding as principal investigator and PhD supervision.
  • Have experience of making significant contribution to the development and clarification of research strategy for their subject area
  • Contribute to our educational programmes and to the overall student experience.
  • As a Professor you will also attract world-class academics to research groups and have a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

Please read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

We are a Russell Group university boasting a vibrant academic community with over 21,000 students.  Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, 98% of our research is rated as being of international quality and focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing the world today. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

For an informal discussion about opportunities within the LSI please contact

Interviews are expected to take place in late February 2018.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer, an Athena Swan accredited institution and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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