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Assistant/Associate Professorship in Integrated Host-Pathogen Biology

University of Cambridge - Department of Pathology

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £45,585 to £57,696 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th December 2023
Closes: 11th January 2024
Job Ref: PK39693

The Department of Pathology is seeking to establish a full time Assistant/Associate Professor with a research area in host-pathogen biology to identify universal and fundamental principles underpinning cellular responses to infection. We envisage an approach that takes account of the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health, which is essential for understanding infectious diseases across kingdoms, and developing effective strategies to prevent transmission and devise treatments.

The post holder should

* directly support the delivery of fundamental, interdisciplinary research;

* span host-pathogen biology across multiple species (e.g., human/animals/plants);

* create a focal point for integrated host:pathogen research across kingdoms;

* undertake cross-departmental research and teaching within the multiple Research Themes in SBS. 

The global impact of pandemics, often exacerbated by climate change, has brought into sharp relief the need for resilience and robustness in our capacity to respond to existing and emerging pathogens. We are keen to further One Health--One Biology in our MedST, VetST & NST Biology of Disease courses at Part IB and Part II. We expect the appointee would drive the development and delivery of this teaching and contribute to the teaching, examining and administration across a range of Part IB courses and Part II courses. In addition, the appointee could contribute to new Masters options in Biomolecular Science, Cell Science, Crop Science, and Infection Biology and Molecular Immunology as part of the School's MPhil programme. This person may also strengthen links to Departments and Institutes in the SCM, e.g., Medicine and CITIID.

We welcome applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant subject who have the ability to lead an exciting, innovative and fundable research programme. They applicant would typically have post-doctoral experience and may already been establishing or leading a research group Applicants will also have a talent and enthusiasm for teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with an eagerness to contribute to education at all levels. We seek collegiate applicants who are committed to fostering a positive and inclusive research culture and to the effective functioning of our Departments.

The post is available immediately. 

The starting salary is dependent on the level of appointment being made, as determined by the Selection Committee.

Enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Professor Heike Laman, Head of Department of Pathology (hod@path.cam.ac.uk).

The selection panel will meet soon after the closing date in order to produce a short-list; references will then be solicited.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the Department, give a seminar/lecture and attend a formal interview which is expected to take place in person in early 2024.

We expect the position to be filled by 1st March 2024.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered.

The Department and University are committed to a fostering an inclusive and diverse environment in a workplace that values and supports mutual respect and equality. We particularly encourage women and candidates from minority backgrounds or other underrepresented groups to apply for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level within our University.

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