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The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor (University Lecturer) from October 2022 or sooner. The successful candidate will be designated as an Associate Professor once probation has been successfully completed.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) at Cambridge has an international reputation for advancing molecular science and technology at the boundaries where chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology meet. It is setting the pace for scientists, engineers, industrialists and entrepreneurs to solve a range of complex global challenges across energy, the environment, and healthcare.

The Department has forged a number of significant industry partnerships and has pioneered the commercialisation of its cutting-edge research, recognising the vital relationship between knowledge transfer and economic growth.

The quality, depth and breadth of the Department's teaching have received international acclaim. Its training produces graduates of exceptional calibre with the vision and flexibility to apply their skills across a variety of fields and sectors, from commerce and high finance to industry and medicine.

The Department operates on the West Cambridge site and houses 30 academic, ~50 academic-related and assistant support staff, ~75 post-doctoral workers and ~150 research students. There are also ~50 MPhil students and ~150 undergraduates. The Department's annual research income is ca. £7.5M.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a world-renowned research group and contribute to the teaching needs of the Department. Teaching and research duties will be split approximately 30:70. It is important that the selected candidate will be willing and able to teach and examine widely across the existing Chemical Engineering Tripos. A strong track record in teaching is desirable and a willingness to teach in areas outside the candidate's research expertise is essential.

The Department wishes to appoint a researcher in the field of Biotechnology. This is a deliberately wide definition to appeal to a broad spectrum of applicants and ensure accessibility for under-represented groups, but we expect the successful candidate to strengthen one, or both, of our core strategic themes of sustainability and healthcare. Themes we have a particular interest in strengthening are Bioprocessing, molecular Biotechnology, computational biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, but the overriding criterion is research excellence, and we will consider candidates both from theoretical and experimental research areas.

The ideal candidate would be someone with an excellent track record of conducting original research as evidenced by publications in top quality journals. They will foster their subject through research, supported by external grant funding, and contribute to teaching, supervision and examining at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Administrative duties are shared equitably among the teaching members of the Department and the post holder is encouraged to accept appointment to wider University and departmental committees. The Department has an active Wellbeing Committee, Athena Swan and Green Committees.

Applications should include the following:

  • A covering letter.
  • A curriculum vitae which includes a publications list and areas of teaching competence.
  • A statement of research interests and future plans, and a vision on how the candidate proposes to promote excellence in teaching and learning at CEB.
  • Contact details for three professional referees

We will request references at the long listing stage. Full details about the interviews and final selection process will be sent to shortlisted candidates. The interview process is planned for February 2022.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Clemens Kaminski, email: HoD@ceb.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ28717 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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