Imperial College London (ICL)

Reader or Chair, within the Department of Life Sciences Faculty of Natural Sciences

Imperial College London (ICL)

London, United Kingdom

Reader or Chair, within the Department of Life Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Starting salary:

Reader – £68,000 per annum

Professor – £78,000 per annum

Location: South Kensington and/or Silwood Park Campus

The Department of Life Sciences was the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014 (Times Higher Education), scoring 100% on our environment.

The Department of Life Sciences is seeking applications for up to eight academic staff positions (tenure track where appropriate) starting in the 2019-20 academic year. The positions are open to candidates at all levels of seniority whose research and teaching interests are focused on seeking solutions for industrial and global challenges across the full breadth of Life Sciences. Appointees are expected to broaden the Department’s research capabilities, while complementing our existing strengths.

Their work may fall at any level within the Life Sciences, from molecules to global ecosystems, and will develop new science to solve applied challenges. Possible areas include, but are not restricted to, aging, agritech, applied ecology and evolution, antimicrobial resistance, synthetic biology, and theoretical systems and data analysis approaches. It may be possible for a position to be a joint appointment with the Grantham Institute, which focuses on climate change and the environment.

We especially welcome applicants who are female or from other under-represented groups.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Undertake original research at a high international standard in the following fields (but NOT limited to): aging, agritech, applied ecology and evolution, antimicrobial resistance, synthetic biology, and theoretical systems and data analysis approaches
  • Publish the results of this research in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals
  • Obtain external funding to support the research from Government Research Councils, Charity, Industry and other national and international funding agencies
  • Contribute to teaching and examination on appropriate courses of the undergraduate Biochemistry and Biology degree streams within the Department of Life Sciences
  • Supervise MPhil/PhD research students
  • To undertake appropriate administrative tasks as directed by the Head of Department
  • To undertake necessary training and/or development

Essential requirements

  • A good honours degree and a PhD (or equivalent) in Life Sciences or in a discipline that underpins your research interest.
  • An international reputation for research and innovation, underpinned by a record of first class journal publication
  • The potential to raise significant external research funding from a variety of sources to maintain and enhance the College’s research activities
  • Extensive previous experience of university teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and a record of successful postgraduate student supervision.
  • Evidence of being able to establish and lead a coherent research programme
  • Experience in financial management, management of staff and institutional promotion, promoting the profile of their research both internally and externally.
  • Ability to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively
  • Ability to present yourself to potential funders with authority and coherence
  • Ability to teach effectively at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and with other research groups nationally and internationally

Summary of the levels


To be appointed at Reader level, the successful candidate will have extensive professional experience. Individuals will have a substantial reputation in their field and make a significant impact on their discipline or profession through effective and innovative academic leadership in research and/or education. Roles which focus on research will involve an established national and international reputation through original research work and a clear record of impact shown, for example in substantial and sustained research income. Individuals will combine an established research profile with a focus on teaching, research student supervision, course development and departmental leadership and management activity.


To be appointed at Chair (Professor) level, the successful candidate will have internationally recognised leadership and a substantial and sustained reputation in research and education by outstanding contributions to its advancement. In research, there will be a sustained international reputation based on an extensive track record of research with a major influence on the discipline or profession and a significant impact shown, for example in sustained influence on research income. In education, specialists at this level will have broadened and deepened their impact on teaching methods and systems, both internally and externally and there will be evidence of creative and scholarly work which has had a significant impact. For this role, there will generally be significant leadership responsibilities on behalf of the department and/or the College and a significant management contribution.

Further information

Informal enquiries may be made to: Professor Anne Dell, (Head of Department; or Professor Bernadette Byrne (Chair, Appointments Committee);

Closing Date: 24 June 2019 (midnight BST)

Please note that we are seeking applications for Chair, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer levels (the level of the appointment will depend on qualifications and experience). The location may be at South Kensington and/or Silwood Park


Please complete and submit your application online via our website at, quoting reference number NAT00454

To apply for another level, search by the job reference listed below:

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer – Reference: NAT00452

For further assistance in the recruitment process for Reader or Chair level, please contact: Maria Monteiro, on email: Telephone: +44 (0) 207 5945498

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA),which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.


Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.


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