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Vacancy: Lectureship in Plant Science

26 Aug 2020

UCC wishes to appoint an experienced academic to the role of Lecturer in Plant Science within the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.


School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences


Specific Purpose Whole-time Post

(anticipated duration of 5 years)


The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, within the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) comprises the academic disciplines of Environmental Science, Geology, Plant Science and Zoology & Ecology.  The School is one of the largest in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), is highly research active and offers a wide variety of programmes across the disciplines.  It currently offers nine undergraduate programmes including BSc Plant Science and Dual BSc Environmental Science with Environmental Management (with Minzu University of China), three taught MSc programmes, four MRes programmes including MRes Animal and Plant Science, and one Postgraduate Diploma. The School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is proactively committed to equality and diversity in the workplace.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a doctorate in Plant Science or closely related discipline, and demonstrate a proven commitment to excellence in teaching and research as evidenced by a scholarly reputation of international standing. S/he is expected to teach short duration modules in Beijing at Minzu University of China as well as in UCC fulfilling standard teaching loads. S/he should develop research compatible with the research agenda of the School, national and EU funding strategies. Plant Science research from plant ecology to biotechnology, addressing important environmental issues such as climate resilience, sustainable food production and resource use are strengths in the School. Plant Science in BEES is central to the research themes Food Security, Climate and Resources, Biodiversity and Sustainability, and Environment and Health. S/he is expected to have a strong track record of sustained peer-reviewed publications and will have a record of fostering a culture of teaching and research excellence.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see   The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Andy Wheeler, Tel: 087 6621038, Email:  Further information on the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences please visit

Appointment may be made on the Lecturer Below the Bar Salary Scale: €34,067 - €60,167 (Scale B) / €35,940 - €57,252 (Scale A)
Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 24th September 2020.

No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector

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