Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology: UK

The School of Chemistry and Biosciences at University of Bradford wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology with research interests in infectious diseases.

The successful applicant will have a strong record of publication in microbiology with potential to develop an international research reputation and attract significant funding. The School provides an excellent environment to develop strong research collaborations at the interface of chemistry and the biosciences; including in developing new antibiotics or new molecular therapies. The post involves significant teaching and there are opportunities to develop substantial new content at advanced level as well as contributing our highly successful programs in Biomedical Science and Healthcare Sciences. The School is heavily involved in offering degree Apprenticeships and expertise in developing content for distance learning would be an advantage.

Main Purpose
The main focus of the role are:

  • to contribute to the teaching provision within the School of Chemistry and Bioscience, predominantly in microbiology
  • to develop research in field of microbiology, developing internal and external networks to build a research group in microbiology

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with particular emphasis on fundamental microbiology at levels 4 and 5 and advanced microbiology levels 6 and 7
  • to develop and support distance learning in Healthcare Sciences
  • to provide teaching support across the School of Chemistry and Biosciences as requested by the Head of School to ensure that service levels are delivered successfully
  • to conduct individual and/or collaborative research in the field of microbiology and to assist in developing research objectives and proposals
  • to participate in and develop, internal and external networks to build a research group in microbiology and successfully generate substantial grant income for the research
  • to actively engage in multi-disciplinary and translational research within the University’s priority themes of advanced healthcare or advanced manufacturing
  • to plan, deliver and assess teaching modules and manage projects related to the post holders own area of work both at undergraduate and post graduate levels, contributing to the updating of course design and review
  • to publish research in peer reviewed journals and to present research at international conferences and to supervise projects at least to Masters level as appropriate
  • to provide pastoral care for students within their teaching remit and be able to resolve standard welfare issues
  • to undertake administrative duties commensurate with role and experience within the Faculty of Life Sciences and the University. The balance and emphasis on research, teaching and administrative duties will be agreed through the annual Performance Review process
  • to engage in professional and personal development activities which are consistent with the needs and aspirations of the post holder and the School of Chemistry and Biosciences
  • to undertake other duties and responsibilities in the School of Life Sciences as reasonably requested by the Head of School or Line Manager and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post
  • this document outlines the duties required at the current time to indicate the level of responsibility. It is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list and may vary to include other reasonable requests as directed by University management which do not change the general character of the job or the level of responsibility entailed


  • honours degree in Biology, Microbiology or equivalent in a related discipline
  • applicants will have completed a PhD (or equivalent) in microbiology
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, or similar, or commitment to obtaining this following appointment
  • a level of English equivalent to level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)


  • membership of a Higher Education Academy

Experience, Skills and Knowledge


  • evidence of post-doctoral research work and a research publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • experience of contributing to successful research grant applications and a Proven ability to raise funds for travel funds or funds for summer students etc.
  • demonstrate a substantial and leading knowledge of microbiology and molecular biology
  • experience of experimental work in microbiological molecular biology and publication of this research
  • excellent written and oral skills, with the ability to communicate complex information effectively to mixed groups with diverse levels of understanding
  • ability to use MS Office packages
  • ability to manage an administrative workload with the ability to manage time and to work to strict and often conflicting deadlines


  • engagement with University activities other than research. For example serving on groups associated with diversity or public understanding of science, etc.
  • relevant commercial or clinical experience
  • evidence of possible collaborative projects at Bradford
  • experience of providing high quality teaching in microbiology
  • evidence of collaboration with academic, industrial or clinical groups outside of the applicant’s current team
  • evidence of networking skills including activities in academic and translational networks
  • demonstrate Research Interests that fit the medical/health or manufacturing priorities of the University

Job Specific Requirements


  • will be required to travel to conferences in both the UK and internationally
  • to occasionally work weekends to support student recruitment activities


  • a keen desire to promote Microbiology at Bradford and beyond

Personal Attributes

  • a strong interest and commitment to working in multidisciplinary teams and successfully securing competitive research funding
  • a drive to produce world leading research outputs
  • an aptitude for high quality teaching demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment


  • encouraging participation and openness
  • encouraging creativity and innovation
  • supporting academic freedom and respecting the right to express diverse points of view
  • providing equal opportunities for all staff and students to achieve their full potential
  • applying the best ethical standards in everything we do
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