Professor / Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology

University College London

United Kingdom


Duties and Responsibilities

As a central component of the UCL scientific strategy, we seek to appoint a scientist as Professor or Associate Professor based in the UCL Centre for Life's Origins and Evolution (CLOE), a subdivision of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment in the Division of Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences.

The successful candidate will have an international reputation in Evolutionary and Comparative Biology. Their research will fit into one or more of CLOE’s research themes: the origins of life and its major innovations; the pattern of evolution at all time scales and across the tree of life; and the processes that underpin the emergence of biological complexity and diversity. Research interests may include, but are not restricted to: comparative genomics/genetics; the diversification of major groups; the evolution of within and cross species interactions; the genetic basis of key transitions in evolution; organelle origins and evolution; the evolution of multicellularity; the evolution of developmental form and function. We welcome applicants working on any taxa using a range of experimental and/or computational/theoretical approaches. The department has a priority for appointments in plant and fungal research.

The Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) is one of four Research Departments in the Division of Biosciences at UCL, one of the world’s leading centres for basic biological sciences and part of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences. GEE is home to world-class geneticists, evolutionary biologists, computational biologists and ecologists. The appointee will be expected to develop links with other CLOE researchers, with members of other GEE institutes, including the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) and the Institute for Healthy Ageing (IHA) and with researchers in other Departments and Faculties. GEE has strong links to the wider community of London-based researchers, especially the Zoological Society of London and the Natural History Museum.

The post is available from 23 September 2019 onwards.

Key Requirements

The successful applicant will demonstrate capability for teaching and will contribute to the development of teaching at undergraduate and masters levels. The successful candidate will have an internationally recognised record of research in Evolutionary and Comparative Biology; a record of running a productive, independent research group; publishing original research in highly regarded journals; attracting external funding throughout their career; and experience teaching graduate and undergraduate students. The appointee will possess a PhD or equivalent qualification.

Further Details

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Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, an account of current research activities, a plan of future research intentions and details of current salary. Please include the names of three references.

To discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Chris Thompson, Chair of the Search Committee (, or Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of GEE (

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Biosciences Staffing ( quoting reference number 1801582.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date
28 May 2019

Latest Time for the Submission of Applications

Interview Date
Early July 2019

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff. 

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