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Professor of Chronobiology

Biochemical Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  Up to c.£105K
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 16 November 2021
Reference:  058821

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to impactful research and innovation and outstanding teaching and student experience. Chronobiology and Sleep is one of the University’s flagship research areas. At this time of growth in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, we are seeking to appoint a Professor of Chronobiology to build critical mass and enable research across key themes underpinning the University of Surrey’s Research Strategy, namely Science delivering global wellbeing and Lifelong Health.  

Based within our School of Biosciences and Medicine this exciting new post is designed to enable a high potential academic to take the next step in their research career, supported with a start-up budget and a funded PhD studentship, expanding our world leading team recognised internationally for Chronobiology research.

As our new Professor of Chronobiology you will have the opportunity to develop and lead a significant programme of research. In line with the Faculty’s Chronobiology and Sleep research strategy, you will drive new multidisciplinary initiatives that are pan-University and outward looking to secure significant research funds. You will have the opportunity to leverage your scholarly activity to attract external partnerships, such as the NHS, industry, SMEs and other academic centres.

Amongst our current research priorities is the molecular mechanisms underlying synchronisation of biological rhythms by light, melatonin, food and activity and the interaction between clocks, sleep, metabolism and cardiovascular function in general populations, shift workers and disease using -omics technology. In this post you will be able to complement this exciting field of research making use of our animal, cell, tissue and/or human clinical research facilities and -omics technologies to address current gaps in knowledge.

To be successful in this role we are looking for an outstanding academic with an established reputation in Chronobiology and an ideal candidate will also bring with them experience in associated physiological systems such as immunology, metabolism, endocrinology, or cardiovascular physiology. We are looking for someone with a real passion for this field of work and an individual excited by the opportunity to build upon our global reputation by attracting funding and world-renowned industry partnerships. We are looking for global talent and will support candidates with relocation to the UK.

The role is based on our vibrant campus in Guildford, on the outskirts of London. The post offers extensive development opportunities and resources to support you to build your own research team and to fulfil your potential. When completing the online application form, we would welcome in addition (i) a cover letter (no more than 3 pages), (ii) your CV; (iii) a brief supporting statement/vision document (no more than 5 pages) outlining your intended five-year research plan. For an informal conversation about the post you are invited to contact our resourcing lead Louise Kelly ( and Prof Debra J. Skene, Section Lead Chronobiology (

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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