Teach & run a research group
Fellowships at Biochemistry
We support the development of scientific careers at all stages from undergraduate to senior Professorial level. In order to do so we will provide you with the opportunity to seek externally-funded Research Fellowships and well as access to effective research programmes. There will also be the chance for you to gain teaching experience which will support your continued career progression, and to seek further external funding.
Building your career
Our commitment to, and expectations for, our fellows is set out in our policies two polices, one aimed at Early Career Fellows (ECF) and the other at Senior research Fellows (SRF). The ECF policy provides a strong framework for personal development and aims to put you in the best possible position to apply for a senior research fellowship. Meanwhile the SRF policy provides a clear structure for support for first and second SRFs, and outlines the route by which it may be possible to eventually apply for a Professorial Research Fellow position.
We will ensure you have access the laboratory, write-up and office space required to support your research, as well as access to our shared facilities. There will also be the opportunity to recruit graduate students from Oxford-wide Dhil (PHd) programmes. You will be supported by a senior member of the department who will act as you mentor throughout your fellowship. In addition you will join a Departmental Theme and therefore have the opportunity to interact regularly with others in your field. You also will be fully supported by our administrative team who will provide advice on a wide range of topics including recruitment, HR and Financial management.
Room to expand
Fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for further external funding during their fellowship. Your mentor and Theme Head will be well placed to advise, and to outline how an application may be best used to support your on-going research. Our Research Coordinator will then be able to provide guidance on the best sources of funding for you, and support you in writing a strong application. Biochemistry has an exceptionally strong track record in winning both early-career and senior fellowships.
The University of Oxford uses the grade of Associate Professor as its main academic appointments. Associate Professors are expected to carry out research and teaching at the highest international level. They have a joint appointment which involves both a College and the University. A central feature of the University is that academics are members of the department and attached to particular Colleges as Tutorial Fellows. In the college they have the responsibility for teaching a cohort of undergraduate students in small groups (known as tutorials).
Associate Professors are appointed for an initial period of up to five years. At the end of the probationary period a formal review takes place with a view to re-appointment to retirement.
Duties of the post
Research in the department: Associate Professors at Oxford are expected to conduct an independent research programme in their chosen area and to attract external research grant funding. They are also expected to develop collaborations with other members of the Biochemistry department as well as other departments in and outside Oxford.
Teaching: At Oxford there is a very strong emphasis on tutorial teaching. The Department of Biochemistry contributes to teaching in courses for Honours degree students in Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Biology. An Associate Professor is expected to contribute to these courses through lectures and practical classes. They are also required to take part in examining undergraduates and to supervise and train graduate students in research.
An Associate Professor’s teaching time is split between duties for the University (teaching undergraduate, masters and DPhil students) and duties for the college (tutorial teaching and college governance).
The Biochemistry Department will ensure you have access to the laboratory, write-up and office space required to support your research, as well as access to our world-class shared facilities. There will also be the opportunity to recruit graduate students from the Oxford-wide DPhil programmes. You will join one of our five main Departmental Themes and therefore have the opportunity to interact regularly with others in your field as well as with members outside your main theme. You also will be fully supported by our highly experienced administrative team who will provide advice on a wide range of topics including research grant applications, recruitment, HR and Financial management.
Room to expand
Along with other academics, Associate Professors will also have the opportunity to apply for external funding to support your long-term research goals. Our Research Coordinator will then be able to provide guidance on the best sources of funding for you, and support you in writing a strong application. Biochemistry has a strong track record in winning external funding from leading Funders in the UK and abroad.
Particularly distinguished associate professors may on occasion be awarded the title of full professor.