TSL MPMI MSc Course Director

Closing Date: 04.10.2019 Reference ID: DF02/2019 Salary: £33,199 - £42,036

TSL is establishing a new International Masters Programme in Global Plant Protection.  We wish to recruit the finest young minds from across the world, including low income countries in the developing world, to our new MSc Degree programme. The new course is designed to provide key training for graduates seeking to work in global agriculture and associated industries including agbiotech, agricultural policy, research funding agencies and agricultural extension services, as well as plant pathology research and development.  The programme will provide state-of-the-art knowledge of plant immunity, microbial pathogenesis and crop disease control.  Problem-based learning will also be used to train students to respond to global emerging disease threats, using real-life scenarios to enable students to learn the wide range of activities critical to responding to emerging disease threats.  This will be coupled with teaching from international experts as well as world-leading TSL scientists. The role of the Course Director is key to the delivery of this exciting new programme, which will commence in October 2020.

Main activities include:

  • Provision of academic leadership of the course in terms of Curriculum design, revision and the on-going development of the course and its team of tutors.
  • Effective delivery of the course, ensuring that the teaching team and course organisers are properly briefed.
  • Provision of a significant contribution to the teaching of the MSc programme, acting as module co-ordinator, or contributor where necessary, and providing personal tutor support to students.
  • Liaison with module leaders to enhance the quality of the student experience and maximise successful attainments by graduates.

The Course Director will have a strong background in plant molecular biology, plant pathology, or microbiology and a PhD in a relevant subject area. They should have received appropriate training, and/or have previous teaching experience, or be able to demonstrate flair for teaching and a willingness to receive such training.  Above all, they are expected to be diligent, committed, professional and dedicated to student learning.

Salary will be within the UEA Research & Analogous Grade 7, within the range £33,199 – £42,036 depending on experience.  This is a full-time, three-year position in the first instance, with the possibility of subsequent extension.

Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter of no more than one A4 addressing the selection criteria. Applications may be submitted online using the ‘Apply’ button below. Alternatively, please send formal applications, quoting the reference number DF02/2019, either by email to or by post to Lynda Barnes, HR Advisor, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.