University of Dundee

Principal Investigator

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Grade 8 (£40,792 - £48,677)

The Division of Molecular Microbiology, within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a Principal Investigator to join us and expand our world-class microbiology research and education programmes.

Who we are:

The School of Life Sciences includes 80 internationally-recognised research groups across the molecular and cellular life sciences. It was ranked as the top UK University Biological department in REF2014 and consistently ranks within the top 10 Institutes world-wide for citations per paper (QS World University Rankings). Our undergraduate teaching is recognised by a TEF gold award and our degree programmes are all accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Additionally, our delivery and support for public engagement with research is recognised by a gold award from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. The Division of Molecular Microbiology is strongly embedded within this vibrant and collegiate environment and is proud of its supportive ethos and coordinated activities in research, teaching and public engagement.

What we offer:

We are looking to appoint a Principal Investigator (Pre-Tenure Track) or Principal Investigator (Tenure Track). Successful applicants will be provided with a start-up package and will ultimately enter our defined tenure track process. Transition to tenure usually occurs after 5-6 years and is supported by a structured mentoring programme that provides advice for career development, scientific projects, and guidance on establishing a strategy for long term funding. Typically, a start-up package includes financial support for relocation expenses and for purchase of essential equipment. We expect that applicants will obtain external fellowship support but before this is secured we may be able to offer personal salary support and research costs during a potential Pre-Tenure Track stage. Combined with access to students from dedicated, externally funded PhD student programs and the excellent research facilities available in Dundee, this provides a platform for the successful establishment of an independent career.

Candidates will:

•    have a PhD in microbiology or another relevant discipline.

•    plan to establish a vibrant, externally funded research programme at a level commensurate with career stage. The research topic should complement and enhance our current research expertise.

•    contribute to the design and delivery of microbiology teaching at a level commensurate with career stage; for example, by delivery of lectures and/or tutorials on subject-specific topics and by supervision of project students at honours and masters of science levels.

•    contribute to the mentoring, supervision, and training of postgraduate students.

•    complete other administrative academic duties as agreed with the Head of the Division and/or the Dean of the School of Life Sciences.

We are especially interested in applications from candidates with expertise within fundamental molecular bacteriology in the context within bacterial persistence or survival in slow growth environments.

Appointment as a Principal Investigator (Tenure Track) is dependent on skills, experience and obtaining a personal fellowship to support your research programme. A Pre-Tenure Track Principal Investigator appointment may be considered prior to you being awarded a fellowship.

Salary Scale:

Principal Investigator (Tenure Track or Pre-Tenure Track): Grade 8 (£40,792 - £48,677)

How to apply:

Applications should include a cover letter explaining your desire to join us in Dundee, a full CV with a list of publications and preprints, the names and contact details for three referees who can comment on your achievements and potential, and a summary of future research plans (up to two pages). These documents should be provided in the form of a single PDF.

You can contact Nicola Stanley-Wall ( for informal enquiries or further information.

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About the University:

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

The University of Dundee and the School of Life Science hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award (, which recognises the promotion of gender equality. We strongly believe that diversity in our staff is crucial for our creativity and success and are committed to advance our inclusive culture by supporting and encouraging all staff and provide bespoke support as required for under-represented groups.