Professor in Synthetic Biology/Engineering Biology

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The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to invite applications for a University Professor (Grade 11) in Synthetic Biology/Engineering Biology.

This recruitment to the Department of Biochemistry is part of a strategic initiative to grow bioengineering in the School of the Biological Sciences and benefits from strong links with the Departments of Engineering and Applied Mathematics. Furthermore, the EngBio Interdisciplinary Research Centre ( connects researchers in this area across the whole University. Applications are invited from candidates who have already achieved international recognition for their academic achievement and contribution and are globally recognised as an authority in their field.

The Department of Biochemistry is a supportive and collaborative research community with interests in a broad range of topics, including Chemical Biology & Drug Design, Disease Biology, DNA & Chromatin Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Plant Biochemistry & Bioenergy, RNA Biology, Signalling & Trafficking, Stem Cell Biology, and Systems Biology.

New faculty are supported by a faculty mentor, if desired, and by our departmental infrastructure including communications, research, teaching, equality and diversity committees. They also receive grant writing and submission support and can recruit from a diverse pool of PhD students from various programmes across the University.

The appointment provides access to state-of-the art animal facilities and core facilities for imaging, proteomics, and genomics. The Department is part of the School of the Biological Sciences and is also closely associated with the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, MRC Toxicology Unit and provides many opportunities for interactions with the broader Cambridge community.

Key responsibilities include teaching undergraduates; conducting world-leading research; advising postgraduate students and post-docs; and other duties associated with academic life. There is the opportunity to become a Fellow of a College.

Applicants will have a PhD in a relevant subject area and show evidence of leading a successful research programme. Demonstrated and strong commitment to teaching and advising is desired. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity and all suitably qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We particularly encourage people from under-represented groups to apply.

Applications must include the following: 1. Cover Letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Teaching statement describing teaching approach and philosophy (1-2 pages) 4. Research statement describing present and future research plans (1-3 pages) 5. A statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas (1 page) 6. Names and contact information of 3-5 references (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted). 7. Reprints of publications.

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For an informal discussion please contact the Head of Department of Biochemistry, Professor Eric Miska (email:

For further assistance, please contact the Biochemistry HR team via email:

Please quote reference PH39052 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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