Our world-leading research in the areas of molecular and cellular bioscience, biomedical sciences (particularly neuroscience and development), ecology and the environment focuses on addressing today’s key challenges. Furthermore, our range of biological sciences degrees comprise programmes in biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, ecology, neuroscience, pharmacology and zoology – covering the whole spectrum and helping our students secure a rewarding future career.

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Join us and be part of an ambitious new expansion of the School of Biological Sciences

We are seeking to appoint to five Faculty positions that will grow our portfolio for biological sciences research, enhance our research-led education and extend our reach on the international stage. These are the first in a series of 11 new appointments planned over the next three years and you will have an exciting opportunity to influence the life sciences agenda at the University of Southampton which climbed to 77th in the QS World Rankings in 2021.  Our School takes pride in research that spans microbiology, virology, immunology, glycobiology, structural biology, neuroscience, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, plants and food security with a growing portfolio in systems biology and complex data analytics. We host the prestigious National Biofilms Innovation Centre,  state-of-the-art facilities, the BBSRC SoCoBio Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) and are integral to the Institute for Life Sciences which fosters interdisciplinary research. We deliver fantastic education and consistently lead the Russell Group Universities for student satisfaction (1st 2019, 2nd 2020, 2nd 2021). We have close alliances with the Schools of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Psychology, Health Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and with the Faculty of Medicine including the newly established Centre for Cancer Immunology

Professor in Microbial Systems

(Salary: £68,077 to £96,437)

You will have a strong international profile in microbial systems and add synergy and/or a new dimension to our thriving research in this area. There are a broad range of research questions that could be addressed using this approach encompassing antimicrobial resistance, the role of the microbiome in agriculture and our own microbiome in immunology and mental health: we are especially interested in applicants working on research questions related to biofilms. 

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Lecturer/Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Bioscience (2 posts)

(Salary:  £39,739 to £65,107)

You will have an exciting opportunity to build a long-term internationally competitive programme that complements existing strengths within the School of Biological Sciences. Examples of suitable specialities include, but are not restricted to, microbiology, plant sciences, developmental biology, neurobiology, molecular pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, infection biology, virology and glycobiology. (Please state in your application whether you are applying for Lectureship or Associate Professorship).


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Lecturer in Advanced Cell Biology

(Salary:  £39,739 to £50,296)

You will have a growing international profile in cell biology combining skills in complex data analysis and experimental biology to address important biological questions within the BBSRC remit in animals, plants or microbes. We are especially interested in candidates exploiting large datasets from single cells.

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Lecturer in Plant-Organism Interactions

(Salary:  £39,739 to £50,296)

The interaction of plants with other organisms has a major impact in areas such as food security where pests and pollinators are both critical determinants of crop productivity. You will have a growing international profile on a topic that speaks to this challenge to food security. The School is exceptionally well-equipped for this work with dedicated plant growth rooms and a licenced Invertebrate Facility with environmentally controlled rooms.  You will have an exciting opportunity to build a long-term programme that complements existing strengths in this area within the School of Biological Sciences. 

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For all posts, you will demonstrate a passion for education and an ability to enhance our undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum in the life sciences.

Strong applicants should demonstrate:

A doctorate and postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline

Ability to obtain peer-reviewed funding, particularly within the remit of the BBSRC

Evidence of distinction in research through high-quality publications

Ability for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role, and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities.

Interviews will take place online in January 2022 and February 2022. Applicants who are made an offer will be invited to campus for further discussion. The deadline for all applications is Tuesday 30th November. 

What we can offer you

We are an ambitious, mutually supportive academic community and passionate about creating an environment where everyone can achieve their full potential in education, research and enterprise. As such, we are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and are immensely proud to hold both an institutional and departmental Athena SWAN silver award. We value diversity and equality and recognise that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. We offer a generous holiday allowance and additional University closure days, subsidised health and fitness facilities and access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), 

For further details about the post you are invited to contact the Head of School, Professor Lindy Holden-Dye 44 (0) 2380599006

Application procedure: Please include details for up to three referees, your full CV, your publication list and a 500-word research plan.

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above.