UCL is one of the top universities worldwide and in the recent REF 2021, was ranked first in the UK for research power in medicine, health and life sciences, and in social sciences. The UCL Infection strategy takes a cross-faculty approach to tackling the threat of infections of global importance. The UCL Research Department of Infection (RDI), within the Division of Infection & Immunity, is a centre of world-leading research focused on advancing and integrating basic and clinical research to understand and overcome infectious disease. We prioritise the mentorship and training the next generation of infection scientists. Based on the Bloomsbury campus, the RDI hosts multidisciplinary research laboratories, which study host-pathogen interactions, pathogen evolution, cell biology of infection, and vaccinology taking molecular, computational and structural biology approaches. We collaborate across UCL to tackle the threat of infectious diseases, delivering high impact discovery s cience, translation to clinical practice, and impact on national and international policy. In line with UCL’s vision for AI for People and Planet (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/artificial-intelligence/), the RDI has established this new position to strengthen our ability to apply AI and computational approaches to infection biology.
About the role The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computational Approaches to discovery science is crucial to the UCL Infection Strategy, which aims to achieve transformative benefits for human health, wellbeing and prosperity. The Postholder will link research in the RDI in microbial pathogenesis, basic virology, innate immunity and experimental medicine with the world-class expertise at UCL in medical sciences, population health, computer science, structural biology and associated disciplines. We expect the post to result in new collaborations between the RDI and our partners at University College Hospitals (UCLH), UKHSA, the Francis Crick Institute, as well as with other centres of research excellence nationally and internationally. The postholder will have the opportunity to help shape the UCL Infection mission in relation to the implementation of AI, as well as contribute to the teaching and training of undergraduates and postgraduates. This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff. For more information, please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/policies/2021/jun/conditions-service-academic-staff.
Appointment will be made on the following UCL Grade (including London Allowance/LA) depending on academic profile and level of experience:
- Professor (Grade 10): £79,738 - £147,172 per annum including LA.
- Associate Professor (Grade 9): £65,698 - £71,357 per annum including LA or
- Lecturer (Grade 8): £51,474 - £60,521 per annum including LA.
For queries about the position, please contact the following via email: Professor Robert Heyderman at ; Professor Emma Morris at
In this new position, we are seeking applicants who use AI and computational approaches to achieve high impact infectious diseases discovery research. This includes applicants who work at the cutting-edge of bioinformatics or systems biology. We aim to appoint a highly collaborative individual who has or will develop an internationally competitive research programme on topics such as host-pathogen interactions, emerging infections, disease processes, pathogen genomics and/ or antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. They will have active research profile and international external recognition relevant to the field of infection evidenced through lead author publications and external research grant funding (appropriate to level of seniority).
What we offer As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:
- 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
- Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
- Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
- On-Site nursery
- On-site gym
- Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
- Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service Discounted medical insurance
Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/equality-diversity-inclusion/