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Department of Plant Sciences

Plant Science Research Fellowships at Cambridge University

The Department of Plant Sciences has exciting career development opportunities for Research Fellows.

We welcome approaches to host candidates who are applying for independent Fellowships, such as Royal Society University Research Fellowships, BBSRC David Phillips, NERC or EU Marie Curie awards.

Applicants in the following areas are encouraged, although any area of plant science will be considered:

  • Safeguarding food supply: Improved Crops / Fewer inputs / Sustainable yields/Disease control
  • Bioenergy and Biotechnology: Synthetic biology / Algal biotechnology / Biophotovoltaics
  • Supporting the Environment: Carbon and nutrient cycles/ Resilience to change/ Biodiversity conservation
  • Increasing fundamental understanding of plants: Molecular / Cellular / Organism / Populations / Evolution

Successful Fellows will be provided with office and lab space and resources for research including access to plant growth facilities and glasshouses, high-capacity computing and imaging facilities.

They will be eligible to supervise funded postgraduate students through our BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership and other funding schemes operating within Cambridge University, provided that the tenure of their Fellowship is long enough for the student to complete a 4-year PhD. There will be an opportunity to become involved in a limited amount of undergraduate teaching, but Fellows would be encouraged to focus primarily on research. Each Fellow would be assigned a Department mentor who would assist them in writing grant applications to Research Councils and other funding bodies.


Interested candidates should initially contact Professor David Baulcombe, Head of Department ( or Catherine Butler, Department Administrator
(), or approach Group Leaders closely allied to their area of research interest, preferably 6 months ahead of deadline.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.