Professor of Epidemiology and Genomics (80210-047)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Warwick, ENGLAND
Deadline: 07 May 2017

Vacancy Type/Job category
Life Sciences
Competitive Salary
The University of Warwick - Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Permanent Position
Professor of Epidemiology and Genomics
Salary negotiable
We are seeking to appoint an ambitious Professor in Epidemiology and Genomics using genomic surveillance to investigate e.g. spread of disease, evolution of antimicrobial resistance and to visualise this so bringing next generation sequencing into clinical microbiology and policy decision making.
The successful candidate must be internationally recognised and be an active researcher at the interface between epidemiology and genomics, with strong evidence of attracting funding and an exemplary track record of internationally excellent publications.
The successful candidate will receive a generous start up package, laboratory space and will join a thriving and dynamic research community.
To be considered, please complete an online application, including a CV, names of three expert referees, a one-page cover letter and a two-page research proposal describing an exciting research programme in epidemiology and genomics.
Potential candidates are encouraged to make informal contact with Professor Laura Green, Head of the School of Life Sciences (
We are an equal opportunities employer.
Job Description
Job Purpose
To undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities in order to develop your own career and profile, supporting the work of the School and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. To maintain an internationally competitive research base by leading and co-ordinating broad research activity, sustaining an extensive track record of published research, maintaining an expert reputation in your subject area at an international level, and providing guidance to staff and students on your specialist area.
2. To manage research projects within the University, including their financial control and to supervise post-doctoral research assistants, research students and other support staff engaged in research.
3. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context and where appropriate and with the assistance of the Research Support Services, take appropriate action to protect such research results by patent application or copyright to the potential benefit of the University.
4. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets
5. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the School and The University of Warwick.
6. To contribute fully to research plans developed by the School.
1. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards where appropriate.
2. To design, and be responsible for the contents of specific areas of teaching and learning within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
3. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations and to supervise laboratory work by undergraduate and postgraduate students, as appropriate.
4. To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work.
5. To support students during any industrial placements, fieldwork or exchange programmes as required.
6. To ensure that student feedback on teaching is sought through questionnaires and other sources and to respond constructively to such feedback.
7. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University.
8. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.
9. To support and comply with the University and Departmental teaching quality assurance standards and procedures including the provision of such information as may be required by the School or the University.
Administration and Other Activities
1. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required.
2. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups.
3. To participate in relevant professional activities.
4. To engage in continuous professional development.
5. To undertake external commitments, which reflect and enhance the reputation of the University.
6. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
First degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline. Possession of a PhD in a relevant subject area a)
Essential Criteria 2
Internationally-recognised and active researcher at the interface between epidemiology and genomics, with widely published and cited publications. a)
Essential Criteria 3
Highly significant experience in bidding for and winning research grants and contracts a) & b)
Essential Criteria 4
Significant experience in bioinformatics associated to epidemiology and genomics a) & b)
Essential Criteria 5
Proven ability in teaching, able to use a range of delivery techniques to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn a) b d)
Essential Criteria 6
Experience at a strategic level of contributing to shaping and implementing a vision of global control of infectious disease. a) & b)
Essential Criteria 7
Experience of engaging in inter-disciplinary work a) & b)
Essential Criteria 8
Highly effective people management skills, with the ability to create a culture of collegiality and continuous improvement to forge and maintain effective professional relationships with staff, senior management and external stakeholders at all levels a)
Essential Criteria 9
Well-developed negotiating skills, demonstrating diplomacy in sensitive situations and a consensual approach to problem solving and conflict resolution a) & b)
Essential Criteria 10
Able to handle and prioritise a complex portfolio of responsibilities and be highly effective in strategy development, a) & b)
Essential Criteria 11
Experienced in leading a research group a)
Essential Criteria 12
Committed to knowledge transfer, commercialisation and innovation, and able to instil this in others a) & b)
Essential Criteria 13
Enthusiastic about engagement with industry, the policy-making community, funders and others within the user communities nationally and internationally a) & b)
Essential Criteria 14
Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to communicate scientific and policy matters to a wide range of stakeholders with differing levels of understanding a) & b)
Essential Criteria 15
Good understanding of the operation and role of the UK science base and funding mechanisms; awareness of international context of science funding and collaborations a) & b)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience in organisational management, preferably with senior-level responsibility a)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience of chairing committees and taking a lead role in governance, decision-making processes and on decision-making bodies a) & b)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .

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Closing Date
7 May 2017
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