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Mycologist in Fungal-Based Bioenergy

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£48,039 to £85,000 per annum
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

Job Details

Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Lecturer: £48,039 to £57,797 per annum; Senior Lecturer: £60,099 to £69,505 per annum; Reader: £69,506 to £85,000 per annum; Professor: Open band commencing £76,345 per annum
Apply by: 19/06/2024

Role Description

Are you a mycologist working in one of the core expansion areas listed below? Are you motivated to play your part in achieving a Net Zero future? Do you have blue-sky ideas you want to develop? Are you ambitious for achievement and looking to drive further success and impact to promote applied mycology?

As part of the creation of the new Magan Centre of Applied Mycology (MCAM), we are growing our team and are recruiting outstanding academic talent to support the expansion of the centre to develop 5 core areas of our research and teaching within our Environment and Agrifood subject areas.

About Environment and Agrifood:

Recognised by industry, government and academia for our research, academics from Environment and Agrifood have built an international reputation for research and education, providing the solutions to build a more resilient future. We work with international and domestic agriculture and food companies, environment agencies, NGOs and policy makers to ensure our research benefits all in society. Learn more about Environment and Agrifood

About the Role(s)

Our academic and research staff, including scientists, engineers, technologists, policy specialists and social scientists, are engaged in delivering postgraduate teaching, research, consultancy and training in a national and international arena.

The applied mycology expansion areas available to apply for are:

  • mycomaterials
  • fungal-based bioenergy
  • sustainable manufacturing
  • indoor environment and green construction
  • environmental mycoremediation

You will need to apply for each expansion area individually with a maximum of 2 areas and ensure your supporting statement provides details of your experience specific to area of application and whether you are applying for Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor.

About You

Talented researchers and academics, who are enthusiastic about research in any of the above-mentioned specialist areas, have a PhD relevant to one of these areas, want to make a difference with your industry partners, and are keen to be part of a dynamic and professional team, are invited to apply.

You will be able to demonstrate a promising track-record of achievements, including generating income, appropriate to your research area and career stage including significant publications (as main author) in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of your respective field. You will be expected to develop and build long term relationships with industry, science programmes and professional bodies.

To be successful in this role you will be comfortable with change, willing to work flexibly, and open to new ways of doing things. Importantly, you will be able to collaborate with and influence people and build relationships quickly, and you will be eager to play a full role in the fast-moving and exciting MCAM project.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women, minority ethnic groups and disabled people are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of Women in Engineering Society & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Prof. Angel Medina-Vaya, on (T): +44 (0)1234 758341 or (E):

We will also be holding webinars where you can find out more about the Centre and the roles, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The information will be advertised on Prof. Angel Medina-Vaya LinkedIn page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 758028. Please quote reference number: 4839

Closing date for receipt of applications: 19 June 2024

Deadline to fill the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion complementary survey: 26 June 2024

(This is mandatory but does not form part of the selection process and the surveys will not be shared with the recruiting manager or shortlisting panel)

Interviews to be held:

  • 8th July 2024 - mycomaterials
  • 10th July 2024 - fungal-based bioenergy
  • 12th July 2024 - sustainable manufacturing
  • 15th July 2024 - indoor environment and green construction
  • 16th July 2024 - environmental mycoremediation


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