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The Department of Pharmacology is a vibrant community of research, academic and support staff working to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms and pathways responsible for the healthy function of living systems.

The Department fosters an inclusive and encouraging environment to ensure that all members have the support to develop themselves to their full potential – from students, to postdoctoral scientists and fellows and early career researchers.

Pharmacology holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award which was renewed in 2016. The Department has an Athena SWAN self-assessment team, with representatives from all communities within Pharmacology, and this group is currently working on a Silver award application.

The Department is committed to recruiting and retaining the best staff and ensuring that under-represented groups have equality of opportunity in recruitment, personal development, and career progression in all areas of employment in the University.

Pharmacology aims to support all employees with parental or caring responsibilities to ensure that they are able to balance work and family life. This website ( provides a hub of information for all parents and carers, with links to university policies, procedures and guidance, as well as details of the facilities and benefits offered to mothers, fathers and guardians of children. In addition, the website highlights university policies, as well as external sources of guidance.


Details of current vacancies in the Department can be found at the University of Oxford jobs and vacancies page.