Assistant Professor in Biosciences

Dublin, Ireland
Monday, 5 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 22 April 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health
Faculty of Science & Health

  • 3 Year Fixed Term Contract

Dublin City University

Dublin City University www.DCU.ie is a young, ambitious and vibrant University, with a mission ‘to transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement’. Known as Ireland’s ‘University of Enterprise and Transformation’, it is committed to the development of talent, and the discovery and translation of knowledge that advances society and the economy. DCU is the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2021.

The University is based on three academic campuses in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra region of north Dublin. It currently has more than 18,000 students enrolled across five faculties – Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computing and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences and DCU Institute of Education. DCU is committed to excellence across all its activities. This is demonstrated by its world-class research initiatives, its cutting-edge approach to teaching and learning, its focus on creating a transformative student experience, and its positive social and economic impact. This exceptional commitment on the part of its staff and students has led to DCU’s ranking among the top 2% of universities globally. It also consistently features in the world’s Top 100 Young Universities (currently in QS Top 70 Under 50, Times Higher Top 150 Under 100). DCU is placed 84th in the world, in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings – measuring higher education institutions’ contributions towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past decade, DCU has also been the leading Irish university in the area of technology transfer, as reflected by licensing of intellectual property.

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health

The School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at DCU is a leader in its field with expertise in the provision of programmes in Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community health.

The programmes currently offered are:

  • BSc in Nursing across four disciplinary areas: General Nursing, Mental Health Nursing,

Children’s and General Nursing, and Intellectual Disabilities Nursing

  • Post-registration Programme in Children’s Nursing
  • MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • MSc and Doctorate in Psychotherapy
  • BSc in Health and Society
  • Certificate in Homelessness Prevention & Intervention
  • Graduate Certificate in Sexuality Education and Sexual Wellbeing
  • Stand-alone professional development modules for healthcare practitioners

Role Profile

Reporting to the Head of School, an Assistant Professor with expertise in Bioscience is sought. Relevant experience in Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Cell Biology is particularly desired.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities attaching to this post include, but are not limited to:


Appointees will teach and assess a range of Bioscience related modules on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the School. The successful candidate will also participate in student mentoring and tutoring and the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. The total teaching hours are determined by the Head of School. In addition, appointees will supervise Bachelors and/or Masters/PhD level research projects and undergraduate placements. Participation in the development of new modules and degree programmes, including postgraduate teaching to MSc, Doctoral and PhD students across a range of Biosciences related disciplines is also key to this role.


Appointees will be expected to establish an independently-funded collaborative Bioscience research programme. This programme should align with the Research and Innovation constituent strategy of the DCU Strategic Plan and should foster collaboration(s) both within and beyond the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health. Research should also be aligned with local and national health priorities, and relevant national and EU strategic research areas.

Service and Contribution to University & Society

Appointees will undertake administrative functions related to the activities of the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health. Such duties are defined by the Head of School and may include: programme chair; programme co-ordination; participation in University committees; representation of the School in marketing to and recruitment of students; participation in open days; organisation of conferences and seminars, etc.

Applicant Requirements

  • A primary/advanced degree in a Bioscience related discipline.
  • A background in Nursing and Bioscience would be an advantage.
  • Qualified to post-graduate level and have completed a PhD qualification in a Bioscience related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant research experience with a record of high quality university-level teaching
  • Experience of research student supervision
  • A record of original research backed-up by publications in top international journals or, based on career stage, show exceptional promise in this regard
  • Evidence of successful applications for research funding at Principal Investigator level

Mandatory Training

The appointee will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: GDPR and Compliance and Research Integrity Training. Other training may need to be undertaken when required.