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Chair in Plant Biology

Commensurate with experience on the Professorial scale (minimum 67,940)
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Full-time (flexibility available)
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University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
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Role Description

The Department of Biology is seeking to recruit an outstanding plant biologist to join the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP). Research within CNAP aims to realise the potential of plant, microbial and algal-based renewable resources through gene discovery. From developing sustainable food crops, biosynthesis of natural products and production of sustainable textiles to advancing plants for land decontamination.

The Role
We are looking for an outstanding colleague with a strong international profile who has research interests in any of the following areas: engineering biology, plant microbiomes, plant genome structure and evolution, plant based medicinal compounds, orphan crops, comparative genomics or photosynthesis.

CNAP has an excellent reputation for applying fundamental research to create societal impact, and this new position will develop new research areas that complement existing strengths in, for example, bio-based production of chemicals and high value products, utilisation of sustainable feedstocks for bio-production, improving agriculture and bioremediation, and plant based medicinal compounds. We are interested in academics with research programmes that consist of excellent fundamental science that is targeted at making high impact science discoveries as well as developing novel solutions for biotechnological use. You should have a well-developed research portfolio and a desire to be an inspiration and mentor for early career colleagues.

We run a highly successful taught undergraduate and masters degree programmes in Biology and specialist areas including Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology. You will be expected to provide direction, ideas and new disciplinary strengths to influence the development of our taught portfolio. We have a diverse graduate student body and we would expect you to build a research group of graduate students and postdocs.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in Plant Biology or related discipline  
  • Outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge of Plant Biology or related discipline
  • Substantial publication record in high profile peer-reviewed journals
  • Significant and sustained success in accessing research grants and other external funding
  • Strong personal commitment to equality, and diversity and inclusion

Closing date: 02/10/2022
Interview date: 10/11/2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Neil Bruce (

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We operate a set of family-friendly policies and, where appropriate to the role, welcome applications that are made on a part-time and job share basis. We are proud to foster a supportive culture that helps staff and students reach their full potential and we embrace equality, diversity and inclusion as well as the values of the Athena SWAN Charter in all our departmental activities. We have a Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our culture, ethos and activity.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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