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Chair in Biological Chemistry at Imperial College London

Imperial College London is delighted to offer a Professorship position in Biological chemistry. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is 03/09/2018.


The Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London seeks to appoint a Professor in Biological chemistry based at the South Kensington Campus. The post will be full-time and open-ended for 5 years in the first instance.

The post and the associated research theme already exists and contributes to Department, Faculty and AHSC-level research developments. Metabonomics has long been one of the main research areas of the Department represented by the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine (more recently Integrative Systems Medicine and Digestive Diseases).

In this post, you will be expected to act as leader on metabolic research within the Faculty, interacting with The School of Public Health as well as the Department of Medicine. Within the Department of Surgery and Cancer, you will be the lead on the biochemical and epidemiological aspects of metabolism research with particular emphasis on lipid metabolism and nutrition. You will have close interactions with the Imperial Phenome Centre (IPC) and will be the member of the IPC Management Committee. You will contributing to the IPC's method development activities as well as using the IPC resources to deliver phenomics studies. You will also be expected to contribute to AHSC research developments, especially in the context of the relevant themes of the Imperial BRC.

It is expected you will deliver research excellence in fundamental biochemistry in agreement with the Global Challenge 'Discovery and the Natural World'. Furthermore, the corresponding research will likely result in the development of new technologies ('Engineering Novel Solutions') for the chemical investigation of living systems. Your main contribution will unambiguously be to the challenge set as 'Health and Wellbeing' as you are expected to study and develop therapy for diseases like adiposity, hypertension or diabetes.

All members of academic staff are expected to be active in research, publishing papers in leading journals, attending conferences, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate taught course students, supervising research students and obtaining funding to support their students and research activities. You will therefore be expected to have a record in such activities.

Teaching and research are considered an integral part of the post. The post will involve the usual administrative duties associated with a busy academic and research-active environment and you will be expected to enhance the academic standing of the Department of Surgery and Cancer.

To be successful in this post, you should be able to demonstrate a developing track record of publishing in national and international peer-reviewed journals and of attracting independent research funding or fellowships. Experience in teaching and postgraduate supervision will be essential.

Imperial College is supportive of flexible working. The recruiting department are happy to discuss the possibility of implementing such arrangements for this post, with suitably qualified people subject to operational requirements. In line with the Department's Athena SWAN programme, we particularly welcome female applicants.

For any enquiries about the post, please contact Professor Zoltan Takats z.takats@imperial.ac.uk


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