University Assistant Professor in Bacterial Pathogenesis

University of Cambridge Departments of Biochemistry

The University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a University Assistant Professor in Bacterial Pathogenesis (5-year fixed term). The post is established jointly within the Departments of Biochemistry (Head of Department, Professor Eric Miska) and Pathology (Head of Department, Professor Geoffrey L Smith FRS). The post will build research capacity in molecular and cellular studies of bacterial pathogenesis and contribute to bacteriology teaching in both academic Departments. Applicants are expected to demonstrate excellence in research, as evidenced by a strong publication record proportionate to their length of research experience and a track record of securing external funding. The position is available immediately.

The successful candidate will develop a research programme in the molecular or cellular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, that will attract ongoing grant funding and will complement existing research interests in the molecular and cellular studies of human and animal pathogens ( and, with potential for interactions with other biomedical research groups across the School of Biological Sciences Infection and Immunity Research Theme (

The successful candidate is expected to foster their subject through research, supported by external grant funding. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to make a general contribution to the academic work of both Departments and the University, including course development and teaching in those courses for which the Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology are responsible.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, your curriculum vitae (CV), a list of publications, a one-page statement of research interests and future plans, and the names and addresses of three referees in the 'Upload' section of the online application.

If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The deadline for applications is 30th October 2022. Interviews are expected to be held in late November or early December.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate must undergo a health assessment.

Prospective candidates may contact Dr Gillian Fraser (Department of Pathology or Dr Martin Welch (Department of Biochemistry for an informal discussion about the post.

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