Chair (Full Professor) in Engineering Biology

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Chair (Full Professor) in Engineering Biology

University of York – Department of Biology

Location: York
Salary: Commensurate with experience on the Professorial scale
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd July 2021
Closes: 1st August 2021
Job Ref: 9535

The Department of Biology at the University of York is aiming to launch an initiative in Engineering Biology and make a series of new academic appointments in this area.

Building on existing strengths in Industrial Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Biomedical Science, and our international reputation for the translation of world-class bioscience into technologies with industrial, clinical, societal, and environmental impact, we aim to recruit a new Professor who will take a strategic lead in developing Engineering Biology at York. You will work in a collegial way and be open to the excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary working at York.

We are looking for an outstanding research scientist whose interests complement and deepen existing strength and expertise across the department and University. Our departmental research ethos is to support excellent research that is aligned to tackling global challenges (Sustainable Food & Fuel, Health & Disease, Environmental Change), and we expect the appointee’s work will integrate with on-going activities in at least one of our Research Centres. Within the Biology Department the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) uses scientific methods and knowledge to harness the power of plant and microbial science to address major global challenges for the development of sustainable fuels, pharmaceuticals and chemicals and to enhance food security. The recently established cross-disciplinary York Biomedical Research Institute (YBRI) includes strands focused on Immunology Haematology & Infection, Neuroscience and Molecular & Cellular Medicine.  York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) supports interdisciplinary global challenge research around sustainability across the university and with national and international stakeholders.

The position will be based in the Department of Biology with access to both our world-class Bioscience Technology Facility containing state-of-the-art imaging, proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics and biophysics facilities and an excellent Biological Services Facility. The Department of Biology is ranked among the top ten UK departments for research excellence and 1st in the UK for generating impact beyond academia (

For further details of the role and the required skills, experience and qualifications please see the attached job description.

We want to recruit the best people for our roles, and we recognise that traditional working patterns may not be suitable for everyone. We offer a range of flexible working options (e.g. flexitime, part-time, job share), please specify your flexible working preferences in your application (number of days / hours etc).

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Head of Department, Professor James Moir (

Interview date: 8th September 2021

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