University of Dundee

Principal Investigators

Plant Sciences
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Closing Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2018

Dundee Plant Sciences is recruiting Principal Investigators at any career stage, from those establishing their research group through to full Professor. Dundee is a vibrant and growing centre of excellence in molecular plant sciences ( We are seeking applications from ambitious researchers with an excellent track record in any aspect of molecular plant biology that could complement and build on our strengths in genetics, genomics, developmental biology and biotechnology. Successful applicants will attract external funding to build an internationally-competitive research programme in Dundee and contribute to a flourishing teaching and outreach programme. A strong recruitment package will be provided to candidates at all levels of appointment.

Formed in 2007, Dundee Plant Sciences hosts 12 active research groups led by an international team of PIs. Three PIs hold ERC grants and five have started their PI career with prestigious fellowships. We pride ourselves on the interactive and supportive ethos within Plant Sciences and we place a strong emphasis on mentoring the development of new PIs. We teach newly established, dedicated Plant Sciences courses to undergraduate students and have an award-winning programme of public engagement that uses Dundee University Botanic Garden as a hub.

Dundee Plant Sciences is part of The School of Life Sciences at University of Dundee (UoD). The School is a centre of scientific excellence; ranked top UK University Department in the field of Biological Sciences in REF2014 and consistently placed in the top 10 Institutes world-wide for citations per paper (QS World University Rankings). The School has world-leading expertise and resources in biochemistry, imaging, proteomics, small compound library screening, and a culture of working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment. Approximately 1000 staff from more than 60 countries work in the School, providing important cultural diversity within a world-class intellectual environment ( 

Integral to the growth and expansion of Dundee Plant Sciences has been our location within The James Hutton Institute (JHI), and seven PIs hold joint appointments between both organisations. JHI-Dundee houses an additional >200 crop and soil scientists, providing wide opportunities for local, interdisciplinary collaboration and translational research. The long-standing strategic partnership between UoD and JHI provides access to state-of-the-art genomics, metabolomics, plant transformation, imaging and glasshouse facilities, with full technical support for media and plant growth. Both organisations are partners in a major scientific and infrastructure initiative to establish an ‘International Barley Hub’.

Dundee combines quality of science with quality of life. Access to unspoilt sandy beaches and some of the most beautiful natural landscapes are combined with a thriving and expanding cultural environment, with considerable investment in a rapidly-developing waterfront. Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and historic St. Andrews, lie close to the south.

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Professors Paul Birch (, Claire Halpin (, or Gordon Simpson ( 

Applications in the form of a CV, a brief outline (max. 2 A4 sides) of past achievements and future research plans together with a covering letter.

How to apply:

To apply on-line click here.

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.  We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award ( which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.