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Assistant Professor in Biotechnology

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor (University Lecturer) from October 2023 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 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 Biofuels, 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.

Applications should include the following:

  1. A covering letter.
  2. A curriculum vitae which includes a publications list and areas of teaching competence.
  3. 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.
  4. Contact details for three professional referees.

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

We particularly encourage women and /or candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy as they are currently underrepresented at this level within our University.

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Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Clemens Kaminski, Head of Department. Tel: +44 (0)1223 763135 or email:

Please quote reference NQ33328 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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