Looking for lecturing jobs in computational biology?
Computational biology brings together biosciences and computer sciences research and education. Universities worldwide are increasingly offering joint degree programmes in the two disciplines and there is high demand for lecturers from a scientific background who also have the technical knowledge required to contribute to advances in this relatively new research area.
In this section of our Academic Jobs in Biological Sciences series, we provide an overview of lecturer jobs, the qualifications and experience you’ll need and where to find these types of positions at jobs.ac.uk.
What does a Computational Biologist do?
They use complex computer algorithms, programming languages and mathematical systems to analyse and research biological and biochemical data and datasets. As the world looks to technology to accelerate the fight against disease, computational biology is fast becoming the foundation for biosciences research and progress.
Specialists in the field are employed in higher education research and teaching, research institutions, private sector pharmaceutical and biotech companies and within the health and medical sector.
Lecturing jobs in Computational Biology
Lecturers teach specialist courses and programmes across biological, health and computer sciences while undertaking individual and collaborative research.
- Delivery of specialist, cross-disciplinary courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Planning and developing individual and collaborative research projects in computational biology.
- Curriculum design and development.
- Developing quality research proposals and funding bids.
- Publishing research in appropriate journals and presenting at conferences.
- Supervising student projects and mentoring junior researchers.
How to become a Computational Biology Lecturer
Most higher education employers require lecturers to have the following qualifications, experience and knowledge:
A first degree in biology and/or computer science and a PhD in Computational Biology or a related area (such as machine learning, bioinformatics or data science) would be essential qualifications for this role.
Having a recognised higher education teaching qualification and/or Advance HE membership or fellowship would be highly desirable.
Experience and knowledge
Computational biology combines a unique range of knowledge and skills in biology or biochemistry, mathematics, statistics and computer sciences. Therefore, candidates would need to demonstrate an interdisciplinary breadth of applied knowledge in these areas. It’s likely that employers will also ask for experience with programming languages such as Python and in-depth knowledge of the latest AI and biotechnologies.
Postdoctoral research experience and a developing publication record would also be essential. You would also need to demonstrate a track record in lecturing, teaching and mentoring at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
What’s the pay?
A lecturer can expect a salary in the region of £38,474 to £43,155 p.a., depending on qualifications and experience.
What can it lead to?
Computational Biology lecturers and researchers have the world at their feet in terms of career progression. You could choose to apply for promotion to a senior lectureship or a senior research post in a university or move into a non-academic research role in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or biomedicine industries.
Where can I find Computational Biology Lecturer jobs?
This discipline has grown exponentially in recent years and now provides the research method and basis for many other sectors, from drug development to genetics. It is usually taught as part of biological sciences programmes or within joint honours degrees, such as a BSc degree in biology and computer science. Therefore, you will find a higher availability of lecturing jobs in computational biology for those who have the right combination of knowledge and experience to carry out cross-faculty teaching and research.
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