Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Virology

Surrey, United Kingdom
£43,413 to £63,674 per annum
26 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Sep 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Microbial Sciences

Location: Guildford
Salary: £43,413 to £63,674 per annum
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 25 September 2022
Reference: 058422

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Virology, School of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey 

We are seeking to recruit two virologists (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) to grow virology research at Surrey, empowering the University research strategy, namely Science delivering global wellbeing and Lifelong Health. The University of Surrey is an international University with an excellent teaching and research profile that is innovative, forward thinking and achieving notable results. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research was ranked in the UK top 20 for research outputs and the National Student Survey (NSS) ranked Surrey 9th in 2022 with our Microbiology programme ranking 2nd in the Microbiology and Cell Science grouping. Surrey will also be home to a new Medical School from 2023/2024.

As a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Virology, you will be expected to develop and lead a significant programme of research in line with the Faculty’s Infection and Immunity research theme strategy, driving new initiatives with potential for interdisciplinary research within the Schools of Biosciences and Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and local partners such as the Pirbright Institute, APHA, UKHSA and DSTL to attract and secure significant research funds. The post holders will also contribute to existing or develop teaching programmes at the interface between microbiology and molecular biology.

Within the School of Biosciences and Medicine, and Dept of Microbial Sciences, you will join the section of Virology which is one of the University’s flagship research areas, and as already expanded with two new lecturers joining in last 12 months. We are recognised for our expertise in virus host interactions: characterising how viruses manipulate innate responses, stress responses and RNA biology, intracellular trafficking to favour replication, and using innovative organ models. Our approaches range from advanced imaging, multi-omics approaches to fundamental cell biology applied to models from poxviruses, herpesviruses, respiratory syncytial virus, coronaviruses and noroviruses. Importantly, our strength is recognised by the ongoing multi-million refurbishment of all virology laboratories and the CL3 facility for highly pathogenic viruses. We expect candidates to have an exceptional background in virology, potentially with established interests complementing our strength in molecular virology, cellular responses to infection and zoonotic infections, in addition to encouraging multidisciplinary and translational research.

Key benefits of these posts:

  • Independent tenure-track faculty position (salary dependent on experience).
  • Joining an excellent and expanding group of researchers with the Virology section.
  • Faculty Research Support Fund.
  • Funded PhD studentship and access to Faculty supported initiative (e.g. Pathogens and Host Defences DTP).
  • Training and mentoring opportunities.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement, USS pension scheme, discounted membership to the Surrey Sports Park, Childcare support on campus.

When completing the online application form, we would welcome: a cover letter (no more than 2 pages), your CV, a brief supporting statement/ vision document (no more than 3 pages) outlining your intended five-year research plan. Informal enquires can be directed to Professor Nicolas Locker -, section lead for Virology.

We acknowledge, understand and embrace diversity and the School of Biosciences and Medicine is proud to be the recipient of the Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN Silver award.

Further details: Job Description

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate, flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community. Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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