Professor of Biotic Interactions

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The School of Biological Sciences is pleased to invite applications for three new Professor posts, available from October 2024:

  • Professor of Biotic Interactions
  • Professor of Evolutionary Networks
  • Professor of Integrative and Systems Neuroscience

The posts align with the School's research strategy to foster innovative research across disciplinary boundaries.

The focus of the Professor of Biotic Interactions will be to build a world-leading research programme, deliver excellent teaching, and to positively engage with academic leadership both in the home Department(s) and across the School of Biological Sciences.

The successful applicant will have an excellent track record working on biotic interactions, with a particular interest in animal-plant interactions to build strategic strength in the Organisms, Evolution and Ecology Research Theme. Applicants working at scales ranging from interactions between organisms to higher levels of organisation such as communities and ecosystems are particularly welcomed.

We welcome applications from those whose research programme aims to improve our understanding of inter-specific interactions and their response to global environmental challenges such that climate-smart solutions can be designed and implemented in the future. Work that provides solutions to global issues would be of interest. Research could include the application of molecular biology and genomics to better understand animal-plant interactions, cross-kingdom interactions and ecology. Research could also include work in poorly studied ecosystems such as soil or extreme environments, or at multiple scales, from organisms upwards, or make use of Artificial Intelligence.

Academic responsibilities associated with this role will include delivering undergraduate and postgraduate lectures, practical classes and small group supervisions, engaging with the Research Theme initiatives, and positively contributing to the inclusive and collaborative ethos of the School. Mentoring and professional development of staff and students is expected as part of our inclusive and supportive community.

We particularly welcome applications from women, candidates who identify as Black or Asian and those who consider themselves to be racialized minorities, as they are currently under-represented at this level in the School of Biological Sciences. We offer mentoring and access to inclusion networks to support and empower individuals and enable an inclusive research culture.

Applications, including a 1500-word statement on current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and publications list, a brief narrative (maximum 300 words per output) on your three most significant outputs a one-page statement on your teaching experience, contributions to open research and research culture improvement, and your perspective on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, along with three referees' details, should be submitted online by 25 January 2024.

The University of Cambridge is a signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), and we are committed to assessing research on the basis of its merits rather than the journal or venue in which it is published. Applicants should not include Journal Impact Factors or journal titles as a proxy for research quality in their applications. For more information:

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Philippa Rosselli,

Please quote reference PF39395 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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