University of Dundee

Principal Investigators in Plant Sciences

Plant Sciences
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Friday, April 10, 2020
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Dundee Plant Sciences (DPS) 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. DPS is located at the James Hutton Institute, with whom we are partners benefiting from investment of £62 million that will establish two world-leading facilities: The International Barley Hub ( and the Advanced Plant Growth Centre ( This new investment provides an excellent opportunity to shape the future of plant science in Dundee. We seek applications from ambitious researchers with an excellent track record in any aspect of molecular plant biology that could complement and build on our strengths. We especially welcome researchers that can contribute to, and capitalize upon, the unique opportunities provided by the IBH and APGC.

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.

Formed in 2007, DPS hosts 11 active research groups led by an international team of PIs with strengths in genetics, genomics, developmental biology, plant-microbe interactions and biotechnology ( Four PIs have won ERC grants and five started their PI careers 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 (our tenure-track programme has a 100% success rate). We teach 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.

DPS 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 (

Dundee combines quality of science with quality of life. Access to sandy beaches and some of the most beautiful natural landscapes are combined with a thriving and expanding cultural environment that includes the new V&A Dundee at the 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 should include a CV, a brief outline (max. 2 A4 sides) of past achievements and future research plans, together with a covering letter.

Commitment to DORA

The School of Life Sciences has been fully committed to the principals of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) since 2013. In assessing applicants, we consider the scientific quality of their published research papers, but do not take into account where the papers were published and do not consider journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors.

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.

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The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Silver 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.