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Assistant Professor in Plant Biotechnology (Virology)

Biosciences, Plant & Crop Sciences

Location:  Sutton Bonington
Salary:  £39,592 to £54,421 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 June 2023
Reference:  SCI214423

We invite applications for the post of Assistant Professor in Plant Biotechnology (Virology) to advance research and deliver teaching, primarily within the area of plant viruses and/or applications of plant viruses in biotechnology. 

The post will be based within the Division of Plant and Crop Sciences (PCS) within the School of Biosciences. The successful candidate will be expected to develop externally funded research leading to high quality peer reviewed outputs, and to deliver modular teaching, in areas relevant to plant pathology/plant biotechnology.  The job involves high level interpersonal skills: the ability and commitment to work positively and inclusively across multiple teams is essential. The post holder will also work within the university’s regulations and governance in relation to teaching and/or research.

Designing and leading independent research programmes and pursuing the relevant funding to achieve their aims is essential. This would involve; supervising and managing research students and researchers, presenting findings at international meetings and engaging with groups across the University and beyond. Evidence of collaborative externally funded research is desirable.   

This post will involve lecturing, conducting assessments, devising and overseeing research projects and giving pastoral care to our students. The potential to design, plan and deliver high quality teaching is essential. 

The successful candidate will need to be flexible and might be expected to teach outside of their research area, as well as making a wider contribution to the School and University as a whole. Therefore, they need to be collegiate, involving themselves in additional activities, working in teams to deliver projects and taking opportunities to represent the School.

The role is based at the Sutton Bonington Campus within the School of Biosciences. Further information about the School is available at: 

Candidates should have a in PhD in Plant Virology/Pathology, Engineering Plant Viruses, Plant Biotechnology or a closely related discipline, and will be able to demonstrate the ability to carry out and publish high quality research in that area. 

This is a permanent, full time (36.25 hours per week) position, however job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Professor Rupert Fray,

Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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