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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Host/Pathogen Interactions

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£51,174 - £71,057 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

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Job Description

The biology of microorganisms and viruses both as infectious agents and as 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. The Department has a strong foundation in the immunopathogenesis of viruses and bacteria and we wish to expand this research portfolio in diverse areas of host/microbe interactions.

The Department of Infectious Disease seeks a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Infectious Disease to establish an independent programme of basic discovery or translational research in microbe-host or virus-host interactions. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the pathogenesis of respiratory, enteric or blood-borne bacterial or viral pathogens, metagenomic identification of new infectious agents, the manipulation of immune responses by microbes, and the development of novel therapeutics or vaccines. The post-holder 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 infectious agents. 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.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

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 or viral pathogenesis, vaccines or therapeutics.
  • 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[A1]  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 (grade 7)

  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 of winning independent funding
  5. Experience supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students
  6. Commitment to developing new education initiatives in microbiology, virology or infection.
  7. National/International reputation for research excellence in their chosen field
  8. Collegial outlook and commitment to enhancing the reputation of the Department and the School

Desirable criteria (Grade 7)

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

Essential criteria (grade 8)

  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. Track record of winning significant independent funding
  5. Experience of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students
  6. Experience in developing and delivering education in microbiology, virology or infection at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  7. National/International reputation for research excellence in their chosen field
  8. Collegial outlook and commitment to enhancing the reputation of the Department and the School

Desirable criteria (Grade 8)

  1. Experience in delivering undergraduate face-to-face teaching
  2. Expertise in in vivo models of microbial pathogenesis or multi-omic study of microbe/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 .

 

Company

King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

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