Professor in Microbial Systems

Southampton, United Kingdom
Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
22 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 01 September 2022
Interview Date:   Monday 03 October 2022
Reference:  1521121BJ-R

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 professorial appointment in the area of microbial systems. 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 Partnership (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. 

You will have a strong international profile in microbial systems and add synergy and/or a new dimension to our thriving research in this area. There are a broad range of research questions that could be addressed using this approach encompassing antimicrobial resistance, the role of the microbiome in agriculture and our own microbiome in immunology and mental health: 

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 international distinction in research 
  • Ability to lead research activities, grants and/or contracts of national and international importance
  • 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 October 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

For more information please visit

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. Please submit details for 3 referees and include your CV and publication list with your application. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1521121BJ-R on all correspondence.