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Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences (Post Ref: 009710)

Position Summary:

University College Dublin is seeking to appoint a Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences, to the School of Biology & Environmental Science. We are looking for a candidate with research interests in the broad area of plant or crop physiology who will contribute to the ‘Plant Science’ research theme of the School. All areas of plant science
are welcome, but we would have particular interest in candidates undertaking research in aspects of climate change and food security. The applicant’s research should ideally address a key theme of the School, namely ‘how to predict and mitigate the impact of climate/environmental change on agriculture, forestry and the natural environment'.
The candidate is expected to lead an original and innovative scientific research programme as well as contribute to the teaching of plant physiology, plant ecology or climate change biology. The candidate should complement and engage with current academic staff and research programmes within the School and wider UCD community.

The University has several research platforms that the candidate will be able to avail of, including the Programme for Experimental Atmospheres and Climate (PEAC) controlled environmental facility, a molecular research facility, the Rosemount environmental research station with glasshouses space, a biological imaging suite, a metabolomic
analysis suite, a phenotyping platform, and the Dooary Forest research platform.
Candidates should have a PhD in an appropriate discipline and will be expected to provide teaching of various aspects of biology primarily in the Environmental Biology and Plant Biology undergraduate degree programmes.

The candidate will also contribute to graduate programmes delivered by the School. Applications should also include a 5-year relevant research plan detailing possible funding opportunities, and a teaching portfolio.


95 Lecturer/Assistant Professor (above the bar) Salary Scale: €51,807 - €79,194 per annum
Appointment will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Engage actively in research and scholarly activity appropriate to the School, and in interdisciplinary areas where relevant
Maintain a high international reputation in terms of publication output and other dissemination activities
Provide and support teaching in undergraduate modules, graduate programmes as well as structured PhD programmes; primarily, although not limited to, the areas of plant biology, environmental biology and ecology
Provide academic counselling and advice to students
Promote inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary initiatives within the School and University
Establish and foster collaboration with relevant bodies outside of the University; for example national agencies
Promote the development of the School, College and University
Participate in the academic administration of the School and appropriate University bodies

Selection Criteria:


Possess a PhD in an appropriate biology discipline
Be able to demonstrate an internationally recognised record of peer-reviewed published research
Demonstrated interest and ability in field biology-based research
Proven capacity to collaborate with other researchers
Proven ability to attract competitive research funding
Willingness to teach biology and lead field trips


Proven ability to teach at University level, as evidenced by previous experience
Record of student supervision
Editorial board membership of relevant scientific journals
Evidence of participation in public outreach activities


Informal Enquiries ONLY to:

Prof. Jeremy Simpson

Head, School of Biology and Environmental Science


Tel: +353-1-716-2345


Details of application process can be found at


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