Lecturer/Associate Professor in Plant-Organism Interactions

Southampton, United Kingdom
£39,739 to £65,107 per annum
27 Sep 2021
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Plants and Food security

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,739 to £65,107 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 30 November 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1513921BJ

Join us and be part of an ambitious new expansion of the School of Biological Sciences.

As part of a series of a series of 11 new appointments planned over the next three years appointments that will grow our portfolio for biological sciences research, enhance our research-led education and extend our reach on the international stage we are seeking to make a Faculty appointment in the area of plant organism interactions. You will have an exciting opportunity to influence the life sciences agenda at the University of Southampton which climbed to 77th in the QS World Rankings in 2021.  Our School takes pride in research that spans microbiology, virology, immunology, glycobiology, structural biology, neuroscience, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, plants and food security with a growing portfolio in systems biology and complex data analytics. We host the prestigious National Biofilms Innovation Centre,  state-of-the-art facilities, the BBSRC SoCoBio Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) and are integral to the Institute for Life Sciences which fosters interdisciplinary research. We deliver fantastic education and consistently lead the Russell Group Universities for student satisfaction (1st 2019, 2nd 2020, 2nd 2021). We have close alliances with the Schools of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Psychology, Health Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and with the Faculty of Medicine including the newly established Centre for Cancer Immunology

The interaction of plants with other organisms has a major impact in areas such as food security where pests and pollinators are both critical determinants of crop productivity. You will have a growing international profile on a topic that speaks to this challenge to food security. The School is exceptionally well-equipped for this work with dedicated plant growth rooms and a licenced Invertebrate Facility with environmentally controlled rooms.  You will have an exciting opportunity to build a long-term programme that complements existing strengths in this area within the School of Biological Sciences. 

You will demonstrate a passion for education and an ability to enhance our undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum in the life sciences. 

Strong applicants should demonstrate:

  • A doctorate and postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline
  • Ability to obtain peer-reviewed funding, particularly within the remit of the BBSRC
  • Evidence of distinction in research through high-quality publications
  • Ability for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching 

We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role, and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities.

Interviews will take place online in February January 2022. Applicants who are made an offer will be invited to campus for further discussion. 

What we can offer you

We are an ambitious, mutually supportive academic community and passionate about creating an environment where everyone can achieve their full potential in education, research and enterprise. As such, we are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and are immensely proud to hold both an institutional and departmental Athena SWAN silver award. We value diversity and equality and recognise that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. We offer a generous holiday allowance and additional University closure days, subsidised health and fitness facilities and access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), 

For further details about the post you are invited to contact the Head of School, Professor Lindy Holden-Dye 44 (0) 2380599006

This vacancy is for Lecturer / Associate Professor, please see the job descriptions showing the different levels of responsibilities and state in your application which Level you wish to be considered for. 

Application procedure: Please include details for up to three referees, your full CV, your publication list and a 500-word research plan.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1513921BJ on all correspondence.