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Chair/Reader in Microbiology

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Role Description

The Department of Biology at the University of York is seeking to appoint a Chair/Reader in Microbiology. The University of York has world class strength in both basic and translational research in the microbial sciences including molecular parasitology, host-pathogen interactions, industrial biotechnology, ecology and evolution. We are interested in engaging with candidates who’s research interests complement and/or deepen the existing strengths and expertise of the Department. We encourage applicants to clearly identify this vision in their covering letter.

The University places emphasis on research excellence and research with impact; inter-disciplinary research is strongly encouraged. We particularly welcome bacterial research programmes at the cell/molecular level and those that would interact with the newly-established York Biomedical Research Institute.

Key requirements (viewed relative to the level of post applied for - see candidate brief for details)

  • PhD in microbiology or a related discipline
  • Internationally-regarded research programme 
  • Publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Track-record of success in research funding applications

You will be expected to participate in research supervision, management and administration as appropriate and should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the promotion of teaching and learning.

Closing Date: 15 July 2018
Interview Date: 14 August 2018

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale, current minimum £62,585 per annum.  Reader £49,149 - £60,410 per annum.

Why York
Biology at York is proud of its status as one of the UK’s elite biological sciences departments as measure by high rankings for both research and teaching. In 2014, the Department was awarded an Athena SWAN Gold award that recognises our commitment to and achievement in developing excellent employment practices that support the career advancement of women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in academia.

To Apply
Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Jennifer Potts ( or Prof Jeremy Mottram (

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

Athena Swan Gold 

 A place where we can ALL be ourselves #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.