Assistant/Associate Professor in Next-Generation Molecular Therapeutics

Posted on November 6,

Applications are invited for a University Assistant/Associate Professor in Next-Generation Molecular Therapeutics. We are particularly interested in novel DNA, RNA and protein therapeutics, PROTACs, and cell-based therapeutics. 

This is a joint appointment between the Departments of Biochemistry and Pharmacology.

We are a supportive and collaborative research community with interests in a broad range of topics, including Chemical Biology & Drug Design, Disease Biology, DNA & Chromatin Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Neuroscience, Plant Biochemistry & Bioenergy, RNA Biology, Signalling & Trafficking, Stem Cell Biology, and Synthetic and Systems Biology. 

Junior faculty are assigned a mentoring committee that advises them on all aspects of setting up a successful research group. They also receive grant writing and submission support, and can recruit from a diverse pool of PhD students from various programmes across the University. The appointment provides access to state-of-the-art animal facilities and core facilities for imaging, proteomics, and genomics. 

Both Departments are part of the School of the Biological Sciences and we are closely associated with the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, and MRC Toxicology Unit, and provide many opportunities for interactions with the broader Cambridge community, including through Research Centres such as Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, Cambridge Cancer Centre, and Cambridge Neuroscience that bring researchers together from across the different Schools of the University.

Key responsibilities include teaching undergraduates and postgraduates (both PhD and Master's level); conducting world-leading research; advising postgraduate students and post-docs; and other duties associated with academic life. There is the opportunity to become a Fellow of a College.

Applicants will have a PhD in a relevant subject area and show evidence of leading a successful research programme. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and advising is desired. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity and all suitably qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We particularly encourage individuals from under-represented groups to apply. 

Applications must include the following: 1. Cover Letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Teaching statement describing teaching approach, experience, and philosophy (1-2 pages) 4. Research Statement describing present and future research plans (1-3 pages) 5. A statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas (1 page) 6. Names and contact information of 3-5 references (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted). 7. Reprints of publications or a hyperlinked publications list. 

For an informal discussion please contact the Head of Department of Biochemistry, Professor Eric Miska (email: [email protected]) and/or Head of Department of Pharmacology, Professor Laura Itzhaki (email: [email protected]).

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