William C. Campbell Lectureship in Parasite Biology

Location
Dublin (IE)
Posted
29 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Trinity College Dublin has created a new lectureship in parasite biology to honour former student Bill Campbell who was awarded a Nobel Prize in this area in 2015. Applications are now invited for the William C. Campbell Lectureship in Parasite Biology.

The full-time contract at the university’s thriving School of Natural Sciences will be for five years with a view to permanency.

Trinity is Ireland’s top-ranked university and located in the very heart of Dublin city centre. The university has a successful track record of attracting European research funding and will join the League of European Research Universities in January.

The successful applicant will be a member of the School of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics & Science.

Salary: Appointment will be made on the Lecturer Merged Salary Scale at a point in line with the Irish Government Pay Policy (€32,540 to €46,615 per annum), appointment will be made no higher than point 8 (€46,615) 
Hours of Work: Hours of work for academic staff are those as prescribed under Public Service Agreements. For further information please following link below: http://www.tcd.ie/hr/assets/pdf/academic-hourspublic-service-agreement.pdf 

Closing Date: noon local time, 9 January 2017

Post Summary: 

The School of Natural Sciences seeks to appoint a lecturer in Parasite Biology. This post was created by the Provost of Trinity College, to honour Trinity Zoology alumnus, Professor William C. Campbell, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2015, in recognition of his discovery of the antiparasitic drug Ivermectin. Parasite Biology encompasses all aspects of parasitology and host-parasite relationships including parasite ecology and epidemiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics.
It is envisaged that the candidate’s research will be relevant to current national and international research priorities in biology. A strong track record in publication is expected and the appointee will be required to compete for national and international research funding (e.g. SFI; EPA; EU Horizon 2020; ERC; DAFM, Wellcome Trust) and to build a dynamic research group with international recognition. The appointee’s research will provide opportunities for cross disciplinary research among Schools and within the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research (TCBR) and The Trinity Centre for the Environment. The appointee will support the University’s Strategic Plan by strengthening the biological aspects of one or more of the University’s research themes https://www.tcd.ie/research/themes/. The post will support the proposed new agenda and mission of the E3 initiative, the Engineering, Energy and Environment Institute (http://www.tcd.ie/E3/). 

The Assistant Professor will contribute to teaching in the School at undergraduate level, chiefly to the Science (TR071) Course in the Freshman years (years 1 & 2) and to relevant modules in the Zoology and Environmental Science degree programmes in Sophister years (years 3 & 4), notably in the areas of animal diversity, parasitology, infection and possibly aspects of quantitative biology. They may contribute to the School’s taught MSc programmes.

Background:

In 2015, Professor William C. Campbell was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology of Medicine for his discovery of the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin. On September 30th, 2016, Professor Campbell visited Trinity College and at a special reception to mark his visit, The Provost of Trinity College, announced the creation of a lectureship in his name. This Assistant Professorship post strategically targets an important and vibrant research area that is core to activities of the School of Natural Sciences, the E3 Institute and the associated research centres (The Centre for Biodiversity Research and The Centre for the Environment).

Trinity has a high international standing in the area of animal biology which stems from the high calibre staff in Zoology and Botany and from the network of links extending from them to the wider School through multidisciplinary research. Our academic and research staff cover an impressive range of scholarship and expertise. We attract high quality PhD students from both national and international backgrounds. The appointee will become part of a lively and diverse School, comprising the Disciplines of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology and the associated Centre for the Environment and Centre for Biodiversity Research. The staff of the School of Natural Sciences work under the single overarching theme ‘Biodiversity and the Environment’ underpinned by four subthemes: Ecology and Evolution; Earth and Environmental Science; Society, Space and Environment; and Molecular and Comparative Physiology. 

The appointee will contribute to and ideally promote synergy among some of these sub-themes. They will be expected to enhance research-led teaching in the School, increasing opportunities for graduate research.  This Assistant Professorship post strategically targets an important and vibrant research area that is core to activities of the School of Natural Sciences, the E3 Institute and the associated research centres (The Centre for Biodiversity Research and The Centre for the Environment).

Application Information:

To see more information and the required Qualifications and skills, please visit Trinity College Dublin's jobs website.

Please go to https://jobs.tcd.ie to view the full job spec and to apply