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Principal Investigator (Research Group Leader) appointments at all career stages

University of Dundee
Dundee, Scotland
Commensurate with education and experience
Closing date
Oct 29, 2023

The School of Life Sciences is looking to recruit up to 45 research active Group Leaders/Principal Investigators over the next 5-year period. Appointments will be made at all career stages (tenure-track, senior lecturer, reader and professorial) across all molecular life sciences research. We are particularly looking to expand in the following thematic areas:

  • Ageing and Neurodegeneration.
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease.
  • Computational Biology.
  • Drug Discovery/Chemical Biology/Computational Chemistry.
  • Plant Sciences for Sustainability and Climate Change.

Successful candidates will be joining the School at an exciting time of significant expansion providing the opportunity to contribute to our future direction. We are also keen to attract researchers with an aptitude for broader research leadership.

The School of Life Sciences is the top university for Biological Sciences in the UK in the last two Research Excellence Frameworks (REF 2021 and REF 2014). The School ( comprises around 70 research groups and nearly 800 staff and doctoral students from over 50 countries worldwide. Our research income is around £45M per annum and we are rated highly for the quality and impact of our research internationally. In 2023, we were ranked 8th in the UK, 9th in Europe, 21st in the World for Biomedical and Health Sciences Impact (CWTS Leiden Ranking) and 2nd in the UK, 6th in Europe and 38th in World for 'citations-per-paper' (QS World University Rankings in Biological Sciences).

The School benefits from state-of-the-art laboratory and technology facilities ( underpinned by outstanding in-house expertise and support. Our facilities include an extensive fingerprints proteomics facility, flow cytometry and cell sorting, imaging and a brand new cryo-EM facility. Plant scientists are based at the James Hutton Institute benefitting from their specialist facilities including the new Advanced Plant Growth Centre and International Barley Hub.

The School is proud of its positive research culture which provides a dynamic environment supporting all to flourish. We hold an Athena Swan Silver Award (first granted in 2018, renewed in 2023). We are strong supporters of Open Research as signatories of DORA and are ranked 2nd in the World for our Open Access research (CWTS Leiden Ranking 2023).

Applicants are asked to apply on the University of Dundee job vacancy site and upload 3 documents as part of their application:

  • CV
  • 4-page research proposal indicating broad research area/theme
  • 1-page cover letter outlining how your research synergises with and/or extends our existing strengths as well as outlining what skills, attributes and expertise you would bring more broadly to the School (e.g. in teaching, research culture, commercialisation, translation, training etc).


We are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse environment. We particularly encourage applications from those that are currently underrepresented in research, including black and minority ethnic (BME) and those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more details, please download our applicant pack (pdf). We welcome informal enquires and these can be directed to

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

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