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Working at Biology

We prioritise wellness at work, encourage flexible working, and are proud of our vibrant and collaborative community. You'll be working with people doing world-changing research in a broad number of fields, centred around our five key themes, all with a passion for their subject.

The new Life and Mind Building, due to be completed in late 2024, will have cutting-edge teaching and research facilities which staff may use, including temperature controlled rooms and glass houses, an imaging suite, full DEFRA facilities, and the Oxford herbaria. Off site, there is also access to flight labs, wet labs, and flow cytometry. Staff can benefit from access to resources through our partners at Wytham Woods, Oxford Botanic Gardens and Arboretum and the Oxford University Natural History Museum.

We strive to ensure all staff have opportunities for personal and professional development. For research staff and students, we have mentorship programmes for early career researchers, a biology research staff network, and many social opportunities to connect, network, and learn from your fellow biologists.

All staff can expect to benefit from University-wide People and Organisational Development programmes, training, and Departmental reward schemes.

Find out more about the Department of Biology here. 

Staff Benefits

There are lots of benefits of working at the University of Oxford. These include:

  • University Club and sports facilities
  • Childcare services
  • Family-friendly benefits
  • Staff networks including BME and LGBT+
  • Transport schemes
  • Personal and professional development
  • Employee discounts

Full information on benefits can be found on the central university website

Equality & Diversity

The Department of Biology is committed to increasing equality, diversity, and inclusion at all levels. We are actively working on improving our recruitment and admissions procedures, and pride ourselves on our international community. 

Part of our work is to ensure staff feel welcome and safe in the work environment. The University and Department help to deliver this by providing training and resources to all staff, promoting access to a wide range of networks and charters relating to racial equality, LGBTQIA+, disability and more, and adhering to a strict harassment policy. If you are interested in hearing more about life in the Department and what we do to foster an inclusive culture which promotes equality, get in contact with us.