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Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Virology

University of Surrey - Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Location: Guildford
Salary: £56,021 to £79,769 per annum and dependent on level of appointment; plus a 10% veterinary allowance if you are MRCVS
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th January 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Job Ref: 000424

School of Veterinary Medicine

Interview Date: To be confirmed

The University of Surrey is an international University with a world class teaching and research profile that is innovative, forward thinking and achieving notable results. In the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research was ranked in the UK top 20 for research outputs and the National Student Survey (NSS) ranked us 4th in 2023.

We are seeking to appoint a virologist at Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor (Reader) level to grow and sustain virology research, driving new initiatives through interdisciplinary research including; collaborations with the School of Biosciences, the new School of Medicine, other University faculties and local partners such as the Pirbright Institute, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Animal Plant and Health Agency, UK Health Security Agency and the Defence Science Technology Laboratory to attract and secure significant research funds.

About the role

You will join the Section of Infection and Immunity within the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences recognised for our expertise in viral diseases such as rabies, One Health and ecology of zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance, and benefit from significant investments in the Veterinary Pathology Centre. In the role you will:

  • Establish and lead a sustainable research group.
  • Secure significant research income.
  • Mentor postgraduate research students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Initiate cross-disciplinary research collaborations.
  • Make high quality, research-led contributions to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching within the School, including on the RCVS-accredited BVMSci veterinary degree course.

About you

Our Senior Lecturers and Associate Professors play an important role in advancing research and innovation and influencing the future of the veterinary profession. As such, you will have:

  • An established research profile in the field of virology, including an outstanding and continuing publication record, and demonstration of impact.
  • A proven track record of substantial external research grant income generation.
  • A proven commitment to delivery of inspiring, engaging learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Experience of supervising PhD students as a principal supervisor.

Key benefits of this post:

  • You will join an excellent collaborative group of researchers within the School of Veterinary Medicine
  • You will have the opportunity to work with a range of experts through our many collaborative partnerships.
  • Training & mentoring opportunities.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement, USS pension scheme and childcare support on campus.

To find out more

Informal enquiries to Dr Martha Betson, Head of Department, Comparative Biomedical Sciences (m.betson@surrey.ac.uk) or Dr Arnoud van Vliet, Section Lead, Infection and Immunity (a.vanvliet@surrey.ac.uk).

To apply

When applying we would welcome: a cover letter (no more than 2 pages), your CV, a brief supporting statement/ vision document (no more than 3 pages) outlining your intended five-year research plan.

We wish to create the conditions for success for our new starters in the Vet School. To achieve this, we have established the following guiding principle for all new staff members who are on a local/Guildford contract, effective for all new starters. 

Four-Day On-Campus Commitment: All new staff are expected to be physically present on campus for a minimum of four days each week during their initial four to six months of employment. The duration will vary depending on the individual with minimum duration being 4 months & maximum duration being 6 months. This is adjusted on a pro-rata basis for part-time staff members. For those on remote contract, a separate programme of on-campus commitment is being developed.

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