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Associate Professor of Plant Sciences

The Department of Plant Sciences and New College are seeking to recruit to an Associate Professorship of Plant Sciences, to be held in the Department of Plant Sciences, together with a Tutorial Fellowship at New College. The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, noting that in the current pandemic it may take longer than usual to make arrangements to take up the position. 

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in plant biology and a specific interest in metabolism. The successful candidate will be required to initiate and maintain a research programme that will contribute to the Department’s standing as a leading centre for plant biology; to teach, supervise and examine undergraduate and postgraduate research students; and to contribute to and participate in the administration of the Department. Establishing a research programme will be given priority within the Department and mentoring appropriate to the experience of the appointee will be provided to ensure success. In the College the successful candidate will have joint responsibility for the admission, teaching, and pastoral care of students reading for the degree in Biology. They will also play a role in the running of the College as a Charity Trustee and as a member of its Governing Body.

In broad terms, the successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding scientific creativity, initiative and determination, and the ability to initiate and sustain a research programme in metabolic plant biology on the basis of their own intellectual input. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a willingness and aptitude to participate in the full range of teaching and other duties expected in the Department and the College.

 Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, who are underrepresented in academic posts in Oxford. Applications should be made online at and include a résumé of your career in the prescribed template, a full statement of future research goals, and the names and contact details of three referees. The closing date for applications is noon on 15 April 2021. Interviews are expected to take place in May 2021, and it is likely that these will be conducted online.

If you wish to discuss the post and to find out more about joining the academic community at Oxford, please contact the Chair of the Selection Panel, Professor Mark Fricker ( and/or the Academic Registrar at New College, Ms Freyja Madsen ( For enquiries about the application process, please contact the Departmental Head of Administration and Finance, Dr Roni McGowan (

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Independent Research Fellowships in Plant Sciences

The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford is keen to hear from early career researchers who feel they have what it takes to secure an independent research fellowship from a UK or international research sponsor. We welcome applications from excellent candidates in all areas of plant biology, including those at interdisciplinary boundaries with the physical or medical sciences that may draw on the outstanding breadth of Oxford’s research environment.