Human genomics is a fast-moving field of research that has led to breakthroughs in multiple sectors, from cancer treatment to forensic crime scene analysis.
In this job profile, we take a look at the role that senior academics play in advancing knowledge in human genomics, the qualifications and experience needed to secure a professorship and where to find these positions at jobs.ac.uk.
What is Human Genomics?
A genome is all of the genetic information contained within an organism. All living things have a genome – human genomes are made up of DNA. Genetic research focuses on single genes, whereas genomics considers all the DNA contained within a human. The study of human genomes and DNA is essential in fighting and treating diseases.
Geneticists are scientists who use advanced technology to collect and analyse genomic data in a lab. Clinical geneticists are medical professionals who work with patients to study, diagnose and treat inherited conditions. They are employed by universities, research institutions and groups, medical schools and pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies.
Professor of Human Genomics Jobs
Professors are experienced academics and scientists who lead multi-disciplinary research and teaching. They also take on external roles, sitting on international committees, research groups and advisory boards related to genomics research.
- Leading global human genomics research programmes and spearheading new projects.
- Managing research and collaborative partnerships with other educational institutions and bodies.
- Publishing research outcomes and securing major funding grants.
- Curriculum design and development.
- Supervision of PhD students, researchers and lecturers.
- Taking on leadership and management roles within the institution.
- Disseminating research findings at conferences, events and via the media.
How to Become a Human Genomics Professor
Becoming a professor takes years of dedication to your academic field. Higher education institutions require candidates to have the following qualifications, experience and knowledge:
- Biological sciences undergraduate degree or a primary medical degree (clinical genomics professors).
- PhD in Human Genomics or a related field.
- A recognised higher education teaching qualification and Principal Fellowship with Advance HE.
Experience and knowledge
A prestigious and successful research portfolio and a track record in leading teaching, learning and assessment activities are essential for selection for a professorship.
Candidates would be a leading authority in human genomics research and its potential impact. They would have wide-ranging leadership and management experience and the ability to attract significant new funding.
Clinical human genomics professors would be experienced medical professionals who have extensive experience in treating patients and conducting research in a medical environment.
What’s the pay?
Professor salaries vary and are generally not disclosed in job ads. However, biosciences and clinical professorships can range from around £70,080 to £101,432, depending on reputation, experience and research output.
What can it lead to?
Many professors consider their role to be the height of their academic careers. However, professors are also selected for management roles, such as Head of Department and Dean.
Where can I find Human Genomics jobs?
Most professorships are offered on a permanent basis and the availability of jobs depends on each institution’s research priorities and direction. In general, professors work their way up the academic ranks and are appointed within their institutions.
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