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Assistant Professor in Plant Physiology - Tenure track

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
Appointment made on the Lecturer Salary Scale (109BN) from €39,469 to €95,441 per annum
Closing date
9 May 2024

The Purpose of the Role

The School of Natural Sciences and the Discipline of Botany seek to appoint a tenure track position of Assistant Professor in Plant Physiology. The successful applicant will have an established reputation in teaching and research in the field of Plant Physiology and will be expected to contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in this field and in interdisciplinary curricular teaching, supervision and mentoring in the broader areas of ecology and biodiversity, global environmental change, sustainability, and environmental science. We are particularly interested in candidates who’s teaching, and research are complimentary to or can strengthen existing fields of expertise within the diverse offerings in the Discipline of Botany within the School of Natural Sciences. These include, but are not limited to, soil science and plant carbon fluxes, global climate modelling with a focus on biosphere nutrient cycles and below ground processes, restoration ecology and rewilding, nature-based solutions, and plant-human interactions, plant taxonomy, diversity, and distribution with a focus on the dry tropical forests and grasslands, paleoecology and paleoclimatology, entomology, and mycology.


The School of Natural Sciences is part of the Faculty of Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The School comprises of the Disciplines of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology and is also home to two research centres, the Centre for the Environment and Nature+. The School is home to 49 academic staff, 31 professional support staff, 35 research staff and a large postgraduate community. The School manages seven undergraduate and four taught master’s degree programmes and contributes into several other programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, catering to more than 850 students collectively. The Discipline of Botany hosts internationally significant living and archival plant collections and collection-based facilities including an active herbarium containing over 400,000 highly valued specimens of plants and algae and Trinity College Botanic Garden and Irish Threatened Plant Seed Bank, with over 3000 accessions in their living and seed bank collections. The Discipline manages state-of-the-art field (Eddy Covariance Towers) experimental (Variable Atmosphere and Light Laboratory) and analytical laboratories (Molecular, Paleoecology, Soil and Plant-Climate Laboratories) for a wide range of plant and environmental science research and the dedicated off-campus botanic gardens is undergoing new glass-house developments and upgrading of facilities. Staff and students also have access to cutting edge microscopy (Tescan TIGER SEM and Tescan Mira II SEM), isotope (CF-IRMS for the analysis of H-C-N-O isotopes in organic matter) and elemental (LA-ICP-MS systems) analysis infrastructure within the School of Natural Sciences that is managed by the Discipline of Geology and Centre for Environment. The Discipline of Botany and the School of Natural Sciences sit within a new collaborative initiative, E3. This is an alignment between three Schools – Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science and Mathematics – to foster multidisciplinary research and teaching with a view to tackling complex global problems.

Main Responsibilities

1. Teaching

Deliver high-class teaching in the areas of: Whole Plant Physiology, Global Environmental Change, and Sustainability Science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Contribute to and provide academic leadership in teaching and related activities at the undergraduate level (TR060: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; TR062: Geography and Geoscience; TR064: Environmental Science and Engineering) to foster and inspire student interest in studying botany, ecology, and sustainability. Contribute to and provide academic leadership in teaching and related activities at the postgraduate level (Taught MSc programmes: Biodiversity and Conservation; Environmental Science; Smart and Sustainable Cities). Develop, in collaboration with other academic staff, new and evidence-based modules in emerging areas in the environmental and sustainability sciences. Deliver, in collaboration with other academic staff, in-field identification courses as well as laboratory teaching, to build student skillsets for a future in botany and ecology. Supervise and provide academic leadership to Masters by Research and PhD research students.

2. Research

Advance their personal research in the area of Plant Physiology and Ecology as is appropriate for the realisation of their research agenda. Contribute to the overall research profile of plant and environmental sciences within the Discipline of Botany and School of Natural Sciences. Expectations in terms of numbers of publications in high impact journals, and increased level of funded research that is in line with the Assistant Professor grade. Collaborate with colleagues in mentoring junior researchers and/or post-docs. Generating research income through international grant applications, project and research proposals.

Standard Duties

Assume a leadership role and managerial role within the Discipline of Botany and the School of Natural Sciences, appropriate to the level of appointment. Contribute to building the reputation of the Discipline of Botany, School of Natural Sciences, E3 and Trinity College globally.

Person Requirements

The role-holder will require the following knowledge, skills, and attributes for successful performance in the role.


Excellent academic record and have completed a PhD in Plant Physiology, botany and/or related area. Academic publications in peer reviewed international journals and/or publications of equal standing of recognised originality and value in the field(s) of botany, ecology, biodiversity, and/or sustainability.

Knowledge & Experience

The successful candidate will be expected to clearly demonstrate the following:

1. Teaching

Contribution to both face to face and virtual teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the School. Evidence of a commitment to educational excellence in plant physiology and environmental sciences. Ability and willingness to teach outside of immediate area of specialisation.

2. Research & Scholarship

An established record of conducting research pertinent to plant physiology. Evidence of a research plan to building to a trajectory of research excellence and success. A record of engagement with outreach activities related to plant and/or environmental sciences.

3. Administration, Contribution to University and Engagement with Discipline & Society

Ability to undertake administrative responsibilities as required by the Discipline, School, and University. Ability to represent the School and University on appropriate national and international advisory boards and professional bodies. Organisational skills necessary to the performance of teaching, research, and administration requirements of the role of Assistant Professor.


Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills. Planning and organisational skills, particularly coordinating processes and systems. Ability to represent the School and College on appropriate national and international advisory boards and professional bodies. Field experience and/or field-based research.

Personal attributes

Capability and confidence to take ownership of problems and seek long term solutions. Career driven, enthusiastic and motivated. Commitment to own professional development.

Application Procedure

Applicants should provide the following information when applying

  1. A comprehensive curriculum vitae, including a full list of publications
  2. The names and contact details (i.e. addresses, e-mail, etc.) of three referees
  3. A research plan (summarising research to be carried out in the next two years and including details of funding to be sought - 2 pages) and a teaching statement (summarising teaching experience and approach – 2 pages)
  4. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates who do not submit this additional information may not be considered for shortlisting

Further Information

For further information about the Discipline of Botany and the School of Natural Sciences, see and

Candidates wishing to discuss the post informally and in confidence should email Professor Marcus Collier - Head of Discipline for Botany. 

Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

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