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Director & Professor, Reader or Senior Lecturer in Cancer Research

Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis
Commensurate with academic level of appointment (see candidate brief)
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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 Jack Birch Unit (JBU) is a research unit based in the Department of Biology at the University of York. The Department is recognised as one of the prominent centres for biological teaching and research in the UK with state-of-the-art research facilities including an innovative Technology Facility.

The JBU is seeking to recruit an outstanding academic cancer researcher with leadership skills. The successful candidate will assume the Directorship of the Unit in 2024 following the retirement of the current Director. We are seeking an academic that can bring inspirational leadership to support future research growth, excellence and impact in human epithelial cancer biology. We are open to candidates at Professorial, Reader or Senior Lecturer level with strong leadership experience or potential.

We are interested in applicants with research programmes that consist of excellent fundamental science targeted at making high impact discoveries and translation. Applicants should have a well-developed research portfolio and a desire to be a leader and mentor for early career colleagues.

The JBU is the flagship research unit for local charity York Against Cancer (YAC), who raise funds locally for all aspects of cancer support in the York region. Funding from YAC supports the Director to carry out high quality research relevant to the most common adult solid (epithelial) cancers. 

The Role

  • To carry out high quality, ethical research relevant to human cancer 
  • Disseminate research findings to the scientific and medical communities
  • Promote opportunities for translation and exploitation of research findings through interactions with clinicians and industry.
  • Develop scientifically-led clinical collaborations
  • Undertake the research training and education of Early Career Researchers and clinicians
  • Work with YAC to promote public education and awareness of cancer.
  • Contribute to the education of taught undergraduate and masters students

Informal enquiries may be directed to the current Director, Professor Jenny Southgate ( or Head of Department, Professor James Moir (

Closing Date: 30 April 2023
Interview Date: 31 May 2023

Why York
The University of York is a world-leading institution. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university. Our 30+ academic departments undertake ground-breaking research that underpins our inspiring teaching and challenges students to dream big, think critically and change the world. (A University for Public Good).

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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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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.