University of Southampton Vacancy: Professor in Microbial Systems

Salary: Competitive. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7). Full Time Permanent.

Closing date: Thursday 29 September 2022

As part of a series of a series of 11 new appointments planned over the next three years that will grow the University of Southampton’s portfolio for biological sciences research, the School of Biological Sciences are seeking to make a professorial appointment in the area of microbial systems. You will have an exciting opportunity to influence the life sciences agenda at the University of Southampton which climbed to 77th in the QS World Rankings in 2021.

The School takes pride in research that spans microbiology, virology, immunology, glycobiology, structural biology, neuroscience, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, plants and food security with a growing portfolio in systems biology and complex data analytics. Southampton hosts NBIC, state-of-the-art facilities, the BBSRC SoCoBio Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and are integral to the Institute for Life Sciences which fosters interdisciplinary research. The School deliver fantastic education and consistently lead the Russell Group Universities for student satisfaction (1st 2019, 2nd 2020, 2nd 2021) and they have close alliances with the Schools of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Psychology, Health Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and with the Faculty of Medicine including the newly established Centre for Cancer Immunology. 

You will have a strong international profile in microbial systems and add synergy and/or a new dimension to Southampton’s thriving research in this area. There are a broad range of research questions that could be addressed using this approach encompassing antimicrobial resistance, the role of the microbiome in agriculture and Southampton’s own microbiome in immunology and mental health. You will demonstrate a passion for education and an ability to enhance Southampton’s undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum in the life sciences.

Strong applicants should demonstrate:

  • A doctorate and postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline
  • Ability to obtain peer-reviewed funding, particularly within the remit of the BBSRC
  • Evidence of international distinction in research 
  • Ability to lead research activities, grants and/or contracts of national and international importance
  • Ability for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

For further details about the post you are invited to contact the Head of School, Professor Lindy Holden-Dye at

To find out more about this position and to apply, please visit the University of Southampton website.