Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Lecturer in Plant Science

United Kingdom

Closing in 25 days

Lecturer in Plant Science

Interested in plant science and the environment? Birkbeck University is seeking a Lecturer in Plant Science to contribute to our expanding field of biological and environmental sciences.

Salary range

£42,365 rising to £58,554 per annum

Contract type

Open ended


Full time



Business Unit

School of Natural Sciences

Closing date for applicants


Ref No


Interested in plant science and the environment? Birkbeck University is seeking a Lecturer in Plant Science to contribute to our expanding field of biological and environmental sciences.

The School of Natural Sciences at Birkbeck is looking for an exceptional Lecturer to join the School this September. Key areas of teaching and research include plant physiology, health and pathogenesis, plant-microbe interactions and plant responses to environmental stimuli linked to climate change.

  • £42,365 rising to £48,424 per annum (inclusive of pro-rata London Allowance and holiday pay)
  • Opportunity to work in a prestigious London University
  • Flexible working hours in the heart of Central London.
  • As Lecturer in Plant Science you will;

  • be an active researcher in an area directly relevant to plant science and have experience in the design, delivery and convening of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • be part of a vibrant team of researchers with links to UCL through the ISMB, seeking to explore fundamental characteristics of living systems
  • benefit from an outstanding research environment, including state of the art laboratory spaces, our internationally renowned cryo-electron microscopy facility and high-performance computing resources
  • Lead an internationally recognised research programme focussed on plant science, and source external funding to support it
  • Contribute to a BSc in Environmental Science, and participate in other BSc and MSc related programmes, as well as supervising students
  • Contribute to organising teaching and research activities, be active in knowledge transfer and public engagement as well as other activities to support the strong collaborative culture of the School.
  • To apply for the role you will;

  • have a PhD in an area of plant science, or a closely related subject, that builds and expands on the School's expertise
  • have a proven record of publishing high quality research and an aptitude for, and experience in, teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
  • have an understanding of Birkbeck, our principles of widening participation in higher education, and working with mature age, part time, and non-traditional learners from a diversity of backgrounds
  • have an interest in impact generating and public engagement activities, and be able to work collegially, with strong interpersonal, organisational and administration skills, to effectively manage teaching teams.
  • Apply now and take the next step in your academic career at Birkbeck, University of London.


    £42,365 rising to £48,424 per annum. The salary, Grade 7, quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the London area.

    Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

    Terms and Conditions

    Permanent, open-ended contract. Full-time (35 hours a week) Monday-Friday with flexibility. Please submit a CV for consideration. Closing date: 20 May 2024, interview date: early June 2024.


    If you would like to know more about the role, please contact contact Prof Katherine Thompson, Head of School, Natural Sciences, at [email protected]

    If you have technical issues or difficulties using the recruitment portal please contact [email protected], providing your name and the job reference number of the position. While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

    We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and particularly encourage those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to apply.

    We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

    Job details


    Lecturer in Plant Science


    Birkbeck, University of London


    United Kingdom


    March 27, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 20, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Biology,Chemistry,Medicine,Physics

    About the employer

    Established in 1823, the Birkbeck University of London is an open research university that was founded by George Birkbeck. It is associated with the Commonwealth Universities, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, European University Association, and the University of London. Earlier, the university was known as the London Mechanic's Institute. In 1830, it started admitting female students which resulted in an increase in the number of enrolments.

    In 1858, the university began to offer undergraduate degrees to its students. In 1866, the university's name was changed to Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution. Later on, it was shortened to Birkbeck College and then it was given the status of the university and it became the Birkbeck University of London. In 1904, the Student Union was developed where a council was elected to manage the organization. The student union of Birkbeck is the first to be a Founding Member of the National Union of Students.

    The campus of the university comprises of a number of teaching hospitals, scientific institutes, and laboratories. The School of Arts and the Department of Humanities and English is also located within the premises. Moreover, it houses residence halls for students, provides all the facilities required by them. Some of the renowned residence halls are Vanessa Bell, Lydia Lopokova, and John Maynard Keynes. In addition, the campus features a Birkbeck cinema hall and Peltz Gallery. It is known to be nearby cafes, restaurants, departmental stores, and shops for the convenience of students. Considering the growing number of students, the university decided to expand its faculties and the campus. In 2013, a new campus in East London was opened. And, many of the institutes were constructed at this campus.

    The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. The school of humanities was built in 2004, which is known to be a well-known faculty of the university. Also, the university collaborated with the London Knowledge Lab for research studies. The academic structure of the university includes a variety of subjects that are categorized into 19 departments. Some of the notable departments are the Department of Criminology, Department of Planetary Sciences, Department of Media, Film & Cultural Studies, Department of History, Department of Mathematics, Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, and the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems. Not just this, faculty members of the university are known to be well-experienced and co-operative.

    The Birkbeck University of London has a list of notable alumni that includes Bear Grylls (Television presenter), Ramsay MacDonald (First labor Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Aaron Klug (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Eric Hobsbawm (Famous historian), and Daisy Ridley (Renowned Actress).

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