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Lecturer in Quantum Biology

School of Biosciences & Medicine

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £40,792 to £45,892
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Friday 07 June 2019
Closing Date:  Saturday 31 August 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  034519

The Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Surrey is recruiting exceptional individuals to the full-time academic position of Lecturer in Quantum Biology.

Quantum Biology is an exciting new area of research that has emerged in the last two decades through the recognition that quantum phenomena such as coherence, tunnelling and entanglement, may play a crucial role in life. The position will be within the Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB-DTC), which is an interfaculty and interdisciplinary Centre in conjunction with both the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and is directed by Professor Johnjoe McFadden and Professor Jim Al-Khalili. The QB-DTC is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Surrey to provide interdisciplinary training for a career in quantum biology to physical, biological and mathematical sciences graduates. We will be looking for an active researcher, particularly but not exclusively, an experimentalist, with a strong interest in quantum biology and experience in research in quantum biology or related disciplines such as biophysics, quantum chemistry or photochemistry. The candidate should be keen to establish their own research career in quantum biology group and help to develop the QB-DTC into an internationally-recognized Centre for Quantum Biology. The post-holder will work alongside existing researchers in both the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences with research strengths in molecular biology, synthetic biology, systems biology, physics, electrical engineering, chemistry and nanotechnology. The QB-DTC will provide the post-holder two PhD scholarships in quantum biology to help them establish their own research programme.

The candidate will be expected to evidence an outstanding track record of achievement in scholarship and research in fields of relevance to quantum biology, and have a clear strategy to attract and secure research funding for quantum biology research. The candidate will also be required to contribute to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Besides a vibrant and forward thinking working environment on a leafy campus close to London, we offer childcare assistance, leisure facilities and access to a variety of academic and professional development opportunities to help you fulfil your potential.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Director of the Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre, Professor Johnjoe McFadden by email (via, or to co-Director, Prof Jim Al-Khalili ( When completing the online application form, please ensure that you include (i) a cover letter, (ii) your CV; (iii) a supporting three-page statement outlining your past accomplishments and future five-year programme of independent research in quantum biology.

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