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Department of Biosciences

Academic Recruitment

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Cross-disciplinary approaches to fundamental biological questions

The Department of Biosciences is consistently ranked in the top 5 UK Biological Sciences Departments in the Complete University Guide, and was ranked 8th for Research Impact in REF2014. We aim to appoint outstanding new academic staff to strengthen research in cross-disciplinary approaches to fundamental biological questions, with impact on the bioeconomy, and to provide students with an outstanding educational and training experience.

Research is focused around four key themes - animal cells & systems; biomolecular interactions; ecology, evolution & environment; and molecular plant sciences. We offer degree programmes in BSc Biological Sciences and a 4-year MBiol, while also contributing to Natural Sciences. 

Working at Durham University - So Much More

Working at Durham University - So Much More

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Our Strategic Vision
Our Research
Our opportunities
Our people

 

Our Strategic Vision

Appoint outstanding new academic staff to strengthen research in cross-disciplinary approaches


The Department of Biosciences is consistently ranked in the top 5 UK Biological Sciences Departments in the Complete University Guide, and was ranked 8th for Research Impact in REF2014. We aim to appoint outstanding new academic staff to strengthen research in cross-disciplinary approaches to fundamental biological questions, with impact on the bioeconomy, and to provide students with an outstanding educational and training experience.

Research is focused around four themes - animal cells & systems; biomolecular interactions; ecology, evolution & environment; and molecular plant sciences. Research is supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure in bioimaging, genomics, metabolomics and proteomics, and we work closely with other departments of physical, mathematical, engineering and social sciences across the University, and with industry and a range of environmental and health agencies. We offer degree programmes in BSc Biological Sciences and a 4-year MBiol, while also contributing to Natural Sciences, and have a strong research postgraduate community.

 


We are ranked 5th in the UK for Biological Sciences Departments and hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award

Complete University Guide 2018


 

Our Opportunities

Focused in the area of biochemistry, molecular biology and/or cell biology


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Our Research

Animal Cells & Systems; Biomolecular Interactions; Ecology, Evolution & Environment; and Molecular Plant Sciences


Research in the Department of Biosciences is focused around four themes - Animal Cells & Systems; Biomolecular Interactions; Ecology, Evolution & Environment; and Molecular Plant Sciences. A key feature is cross-disciplinary working, with biologists for example embedded in labs within the Department of Chemistry, and through the activity of University Research Institutes and Centres (e.g. The Biophysical Sciences Institute, The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, The Durham Energy Institute).

The Department itself hosts two University Research Centres: The Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology (DCCIT) and The Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology (DCBT). This approach to cross-disciplinary working greatly facilitates the development of new areas of research at the interface between disciplines, and both facilitates spin-out activities and attracts industrial partners.

Examples include the establishment of award-winning spin out companies such as ReInnervate Ltd, and strategic relationships with multinationals such as Procter & Gamble, from whom Durham won its 2012 Global Business Partner of the Year Award (this partnership was presented to the US Congress in February 2012 as the exemplar for industrial engagement with academia). Our work informs policy at national and international level, particularly in the environmental and conservation sciences. We were ranked 8th for Research Impact in REF2014.

 

For further details see durham.ac.uk/biosciences/research

Projects

Some major highlights exemplifying the breadth and quality of our research include the following:

The role of metals in biology. Prof. Robinson leads the BBSRC NIBB 'Metals in Biology'. See e.g. Foster, A.W.et al. (2017) Nature Chemical Biology 13: 409-414; Moore, S. et al. (2017). Nature 543: 78-82.

The cytoskeleton. See e.g. Wang, P. et al. (2016) Current Biology 26(15): 2060-2069; Wang, P et al. (2014). Current Biology 24(12): 1397-1405.

Antimicrobials. See e.g. Blower, T.R. et al. PNAS 113: 1706-1713; Aldred, K.J. et al. (2016) PNAS 113: E839-E846.

Plant molecular sciences. See e.g. Wang M. et al. (2017) Nature Genetics 49(4): 579-587; Sadanandom A. et al. (2015) PNAS 112: 11108-11113.

Ecology and adaptation: See e.g. Dawson W. et al. (2017) Nature Ecology and Evolution 1: 0186; Stephens P. A. et al. (2016) Science 352(6281): 84-87.

Cell signalling. See e.g. Li Z. et al. (2016) Nature Communications 7: 11394; Resnik-Docampo et al. (2017) Nature Cell Biology 19: 52-59.

Facilities

We are housed in modern buildings with state-of-the-art research infrastructure. These facilities are supported by dedicated staff, and provide outstanding bioimaging (SEM, TEM, confocal, spinning disc, TIRF, super-res), genomics (including Illumina 2500 NextGen sequencing), metabolomics, proteomics, protein crystallography and analytical biochemistry, laser-capture microdissection, plant and animal growth facilities and cell culture, plant pathology and transgenics, and environmental science. We also have access to High-Performance Computing.

 

For further details see durham.ac.uk/biosciences/research

 

Our People

In-house support for research and education activities is exceptional.


We currently have 49 Academic and Teaching Track staff, 10 Research Fellows (who are mostly independent PI researchers), 25 Experimental Officers or core research technicians (supporting research and other departmental infrastructure), and 12 teaching, research and general administrative staff. In addition, we have a variable number of research assistants and technicians on non-fixed term, externally funded research projects.

For further details see durham.ac.uk/biosciences/about/schoolstaff