1517 Assistant Professor in Physical Geography

Permanent post. Full time but we are also open to negotiations for some part time and flexible working options.
Starting asap
Closing date: Sunday midnight, 28 November 2021
Salary: Grade 8, £42,149 - £50,296

We offer an exciting and challenging opportunity for an Assistant Professor in Physical Geography, with a research and teaching focus on aspects of Quaternary Environmental Change. Of particular interest, on the interplay between environmental change and geomorphological or biological processes in terrestrial and/or freshwater contexts.

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Key Duties & Responsibilities

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Physical Geography, with a research and teaching focus on aspects of Quaternary Environmental Change. We are looking for a candidate who address the following topics in their research and teaching, e.g. climate change, sea level change, terrestrial and habitat change and glaciation, as well as the multiple number of techniques that are used to study these. We are particularly interested on the interplay between environmental change and geomorphological or biological processes in terrestrial and/or freshwater contexts. Candidates with expertise in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are particularly encouraged to apply.

The position will be based within the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES) in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University. The successful appointee will develop an independent research portfolio whilst working with colleagues in ILES, including ILES staff based in the Lyell Centre, and in our Orkney campus (the International Centre for Island Technology, ICIT), as well as other areas of the School and University. The successful applicant will have an internationally recognised profile in their own area of expertise, expanding and enhancing the intensity of our School's research. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a clear strategy for their research plans and identify how this fits with the research landscape of the Institute and School, as well as the broader national and international research context.

Education, Qualification and Experience

Essential criteria

  • First degree in a cognate discipline;
  • PhD in the broader area of Physical Geography;
  • A clear personal research focus and passion for working with a vibrant, inclusive, and forward-looking research team in relevant area(s), such as: climate change, sea level change, terrestrial and habitat change and glaciation;
  • Potential and capability of attracting external research funding in their areas of expertise;
  • Capability in authoring high-quality publications in international journals and presenting at conferences;
  • Ability to deliver excellent teaching, together with experience of teaching in a higher education environment;
  • Ability to draw on industrial and professional networks to develop and enhance the teaching portfolio;
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with other disciplines (both internally and externally to Heriot-Watt);
  • Emotional intelligence, with an excellent collegiate attitude and outstanding interpersonal skills, specifically with respect to equality, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Demonstrably excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience on Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
  • Ability to operate at cross-disciplinary boundaries;
  • Experience in, or enthusiasm for, teaching innovation and adopting novel pedagogical approaches, for example in the context of online and blended learning.

'How to Apply'

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 28 November 2021.

Please send in a maximum two page Covering Letter indicating why you think you are suitable for this post and include a full up to date academic CV.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Teresa Fernandes, T.Fernandes@hw.ac.uk.

Please contact Yvonne Constantino, y.constantino@hw.ac.uk, should you have any difficulties with your application process.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options. Please use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

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