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Department of Biochemistry

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Apply by Sunday 3rd March 2019!

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading biochemical research and education facility, building on the University's tradition of scientific enquiry to enable and support outstanding science. As a component of the School of Biological Sciences, our excellent undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes develop the next generation of scientists. Our 50 research groups, led by Investigators of international standing, collaborate with colleagues around the world to answer fundamental questions concerning how tissues, cells and their constituent molecules work, how their evolution contributes to the diversity of life, but also how their change or disruption can cause disease.

Research in the Department is grouped into nine themes: Chemical Biology & Drug Design, Disease Biology, DNA & Chromatin Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Plant Biochemistry & Bioenergy, Signalling & Trafficking, RNA Biology, Stem Cell Biology, and Systems Biology. These themes are not mutually exclusive, however, and numerous Investigators conduct research spanning multiple areas.

Over the next 12 months our Department has a number of faculty positions becoming available due to retirements and invites applications for the position of University Lecturer / Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor).

Candidates will have an established or developing bibliography of research publications, demonstrate clear potential to publish high impact work and show the potential to achieve international stature in their field. They will demonstrate the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths and develop a leading research presence within Biological Sciences, across the University and through broader collaboration. A PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification is essential. Standard faculty duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and, at a later stage, contributing to the administration of the department.

However, our teaching loads are relatively low by US or European standards, allowing our faculty to focus on research.

To realize the strategic aims of our department we are particularly seeking candidates with interests in the following areas: chemical and synthetic biology, biochemistry of bacteria, fungi and plants, cancer biology, RNA biology and mathematical/computational biology. However, we also welcome applications from outstanding candidates in any other area of biochemistry, molecular biology or molecular genetics. We particularly encourage people from under-represented groups to apply.

Depending on the experience of the successful candidate, the appointment will be made at the University Lecturer or University Senior Lecturer level. Appointments will be made during 2019.

The appointment comes with a generous start-up package, together with a competitive salary.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications, along with details of three referees should be made online.

Informal enquiries may be directed to , Head of the Department of Biochemistry (+44 (0)1223 765944).

For enquiries relating to the application process, please contact the  (+44 (0)1223 333617). 

Please quote reference PH17617 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.



Closing Date

3 March 2019


Department of Biochemistry, Central Cambridge

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Lung tumour cells (nuclear stain in blue) expressing switchable Myc (RNA in red), surrounded by macrophages (CD206 macrophage membrane marker in green).

Credit: Roderik Kortlever, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge.




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