Assistant Professor in Archaeogenetics (fixed term)

University of Nottingham
Future Food Beacon (Biosciences)
Closing Date
WorkplaceNottingham, East Midlands, UK


Assistant Professor in Archaeogenetics (fixed term)

£36914 to £49553 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

The Future Food Beacon (Beacon) is one of six multi-million pound research Beacons of Excellence that is being funded through the University's ambitious Research Strategy.

The Beacon is looking to recruit an Assistant Professor in Archaeogenetics. The successful candidate will have experience in ancient DNA from plants and the ancient DNA laboratory environment. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will establish a new ancient DNA facility at Nottingham that will support the research of the Future Food Beacon. This will allow both an understanding of past agricultural systems, crop selection and targets for future crops (palaeobenchmarking). The facility will exploit a broad range of biological material, including archaeological, herbarium and ethnographic plant remains, as well as other types of low-copy DNA, including environmental DNA from water and soil. Once established the successful candidate will be expected to use the facility to develop their own internationally-ranked research programme, as well as collaborate broadly across the University with a focus on areas that impact the remit of the Future Food Beacon and School of Biosciences

The main responsibilities are:

  • Establish and run an Ancient DNA Facility
  • Produce Original Research
  • Provide Academic leadership

Applicants must meet the essential criteria:

  • Degree, and a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field
  • Experience of working with ancient DNA from archaeological or historic (e.g. herbarium) plant material
  • International scientific reputation evidenced through a track-record of high quality publications in areas relevant to the position
  • Modern and ancient DNA laboratory experience
  • Proven ability with demonstrated success in obtaining external sources of funding, providing effective leadership, planning, and building and delivering research results
  • Experience of establishing an ancient DNA facility

This will be a full time, fixed-term appointment until the 31st July 2023. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Future Food, Beacon of Excellence: FUTURE-FOOD [at] NOTTINGHAM[.]AC[.]UK. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit; ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 175780.

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