Biological Sciences

New Lectureships in Biological Sciences

The University of Edinburgh is an exciting, vibrant, research led academic community offering opportunities to work with leading international academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world.

We seek excellent scientists across a range of biology disciplines to join the academic staff of the University of Edinburgh and help shape tomorrow’s world. 

We are recruiting up to 6 new lecturers: in synthetic biology, stem cell biology, molecular crop science, mass spectrometry, computational biology and biochemistry. 

We want to appoint scientists with a flair for teaching, a growing international research reputation, and a commitment to engagement with research users and the public.  We will encourage your creativity across boundaries and disciplines within and beyond the life sciences.  

Vacancies at the School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

We offer a thriving and well-supported research environment, training and development opportunities to support your career in teaching, research and leadership, and a collaborative, welcoming community of staff and students.

The School of Biological Sciences is one of the UK’s largest and most highly-rated life sciences departments, providing an innovative environment for research and teaching. 


Successful applicants will have an established scientific track record with high-quality publications, and the ability to secure investment in your own research and in joint initiatives. 

You will be an enthusiastic communicator, able to inspire and support student-centred learning for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Equality of Opportunity

The University of Edinburgh aims to ensure equality of opportunity and the School of Biological Sciences holds an Athena Swan Silver award. 

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups. 

Applications for part-time or full-time working will be considered and we have a range of policies to support flexible working.


  • Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Synthetic Biology (vacancy ref: 042732)
  • Lecturer in Molecular Crop Science (vacancy ref: 042668)
  • Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology (vacancy ref: 042667)
  • Lecturer in Biological Mass Spectrometry (vacancy ref: 042692)
  • Lecturer in Computational Biology (vacancy ref: 042673)
  • Lecturer in Biochemistry (vacancy ref: 042671)

Chancellor’s Fellows for the ‘Agritech’ initiative 

We wish to recruit a Chancellor’s Fellow using data-driven research to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of agri-food systems (vacancy ref 042828).

Chancellor’s fellowships are highly prestigious 5-year tenure track fellowships focussed on data-enabled research and innovation. Our interests in data-driven innovation for this post are focused in particular on the use of remotely-sensed biological data in agriculture and crop science. 

The Fellow will benefit from recent investment in extensive new plant growth research facilities and a new research and technology hub currently being built at the King’s Buildings Campus, where crop science, environmental sustainability and food security research is centred within the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Geosciences. 

The University’s Agritech Initiative also encompasses the Global Academy in Agriculture and Food Security, and the Easter Bush campus which provides a focus for companies undertaking strategic, commercial and collaborative research in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

Find out more about Chancellors Fellowships


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