Lecturer in Microbial Pathogenesis

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£46,934 - £55,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
26 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

The biology of microorganisms both as infectious agents and as important contributors to the effects of the microbiome in general health and disease are important research interests across the Health Faculties and clinical affiliates at King’s College London.  The Department of Infectious Disease is situated within the multidisciplinary School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences and has strong links with clinical affiliates in Infection at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital, as well as other research interests related to microbiology across the KCL Health Faculties. We have identified Microbial Sciences and in particular bacterial/host interactions as a key area that we wish to develop in the Department’s research and education portfolio.

The Department of Infectious Disease therefore seeks a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Microbial Pathogenesis to join a nascent team of microbiologists and establish an independent programme of research focussed on basic/translational discovery science in bacterial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, or bacterial/host interactions at mucosal surfaces. The successful candidate  will also have the opportunity to develop links with department-affiliated clinical colleagues to tackle unsolved problems associated with bacterial infection or dysregulation of bacterial/host interactions in a hospital setting. The successful candidate will have an internationally competitive track record of achievement in the biology or pathogenesis of bacteria. As an academic appointment, the successful post-holder will also have a strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and will be expected to contribute to existing taught programmes in the Department as well as being involved in establishing and leading new teaching initiatives in microbial sciences.

About our School

The School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences undertakes world-class research, education and training in the areas of immunobiology, inflammation and infectious diseases with the unifying goal of improving human health and wellbeing. Our collaborative spirit fosters inter-disciplinary research, enabling our scientists and doctors to address questions on the molecular scale all the way to the human population level. By integrating fundamental biological discovery with clinical and translational research, our programmes address major biomedical challenges in areas that include respiratory health, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, allergy, transplantation, and a range of bacterial and viral infections including HIV and SARS-CoV-2. We are deeply committed to educating the next generations of scientists, researchers and clinicians, and deliver a raft of research-inspired programmes for students and trainees at all career stages.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract  subject to a 3 year probationary period

This is full time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • To establish an internationally competitive research group studying basic/translational discovery science in bacterial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, or bacterial/host interactions at mucosal surfaces.  
  • To contribute to existing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in microbial sciences at KCL, and to develop and lead new teaching initiatives. 
  • To supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD student laboratory-based projects. 
  • To establish collaborative research projects with clinical colleagues and faculty members across the College as appropriate. 
  • To contribute to the collegial atmosphere of the Department and wider School of Immunobiology and Microbial Sciences. 
  • To contribute to a positive research culture of diversity, equality and inclusion. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

The post-holder will have a PhD or equivalent in the biology and pathogenesis of bacteria, with a competitive track record of achievement as evidenced by high impact first and senior author publications and the award of funding. The candidate will have experience in both teaching/supervising undergraduate or postgraduate student projects, and a strong commitment to developing education initiatives in microbiology. 


Essential criteria

  1. PhD or equivalent in Microbial Sciences or related subjects 
  2. Track record of high impact first and/or senior authorship publications in international scientific journals 
  3. An exciting proposed programme of research that fits within the strategic goals of Department and the School 
  4. Clear potential for winning independent funding 
  5. Experience supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students  
  6. Commitment to developing new education initiatives in microbiology 
  7. National/International reputation for research excellence in their chose field 
  8. Collegial outlook and commitment to enhancing the reputation of the Department and the School 

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience in delivering undergraduate face-to-face teaching 
  2. Expertise in in vivo models of microbial pathogenesis or multi-omic study of bacteria;/host interactions 
  3. Track record of establishing cross-disciplinary or translational research collaborations, and/or collaborating with clinical scientists. 

Further information

In addition to an application and a CV, candidates should send a 1 page summary of important achievements to date and a 2 page detailed overview of their vision for independent research at KCL

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