School of Geography, Politics & Sociology

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Grade: F/G/H
Vacancy Ref: B69885A

Academic Job Summary

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Job Description

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University wishes to recruit an outstanding Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography. The goal in Physical Geography is to carry out fundamental, innovative research to make major advances in our understanding of the physical natural environment. We seek applications from highly motivated candidates working in any area of Physical Geography that enhances and extends our current research in past climates, evolving landscapes, cryospheric systems and water science. However, applicants who can broaden our research expertise in line with emerging research agendas are also encouraged to apply. We have a track record of high-quality research outputs and funding (e.g. NERC, AHRC, EU, Royal Society, EA/Defra) and we currently have a range of research facilities, and equipment for geochemical, palaeoecological, sedimentological, geophysical, geomorphological and Earth observation studies.

You will work in a supportive environment with a strong commitment to research scholarship, teaching and a philosophy of collegiality. Geography at Newcastle was ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for research (REF2014), and 4th based on quality of published outputs, as well as in terms of research with societal impact. Teaching in Geography has consistently received excellent student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

For further details about Geography and its research can be found at:

Specific Responsibilities of the Position

You are expected to develop and lead a vigorous research programme at an international level, to seek external funds to support and sustain their research, to supervise research students, as well as make a full and engaging contribution to both field and practical-based undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Key responsibilities are:

  1. Undertake research of the highest quality and present findings in appropriate, internationally leading publications.
  2. Obtain funds to sustain a portfolio of individual and/or joint research projects.
  3. Play a leading role in the supervision of research students and staff, and ensure their effective development, as appropriate.
  4. Lead/contribute to the planning and delivery of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities within Geography, with a commitment to a research-led approach to student learning, including developing and leading residential field modules.
  5. If appropriate, engage in the dissemination of advanced research through commercialisation, technology transfer, outreach, and impact.
  6. Undertake administrative duties allocated by the Head of School/Head of Geography in an effective and proactive manner.

Person Specification

The post is offered at Lecturer (Grade F/G) or at Senior Lecturer (Grade H), dependent on the applicantˇ¦s ability to meet the requirements of the person specification and job description.

Knowledge (inc. Qualifications)


  • A good first degree, and a Ph.D. in Physical Geography or cognate subjects.
  • Either, ability to develop an internationally competitive research agenda that contributes and complements existing research strengths (Lecturer F/G) OR an established reputation in an internationally competitive field of research within Physical Geography that enhances or extends existing research themes within the School (Senior Lecturer H).
  • Either, experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and administration (Lecturer F) OR the knowledge, ability and expertise to teach undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Physical Geography (Lecturer G/Senior Lecturer H).
  • HE Teaching qualification or equivalent teaching experience (Lecturer G/Senior Lecturer H).

Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)


  • Undertake high quality research that shapes the disciplinary agenda.
  • Ability to secure research grant funding, lead a research team and enhance your international profile (Lecturer G/Senior Lecturer H).
  • Work as part of a team, as well as on own initiative.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Geography, including UK and overseas field courses.
  • Ability and willingness to take on appropriate administrative duties within Geography and/or the School.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) in a range of contexts.


  • Experience of applying for and successfully obtaining external research grant income (Lecturer F).

Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid)


  • A track record of excellence in research and publications of the highest international quality, and of winning research funding, especially from RCUK/EU sources or their equivalents.
  • A record of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in both field and lab/classroom-based environments (Lecturer G/Senior Lecturer H).
  • Evidence of research esteem, e.g. leading national and/or international research networks, membership of an RCUK Peer Review College or research facility, international/national research committees, editorial boards etc (Lecturer G/Senior Lecturer H).
  • A track record of successful PhD. supervision (Lecturer G/Senior Lecturer H).


  • A record of engagement and impact-generation arising from research with non-academic research users.
  • A record of administration and leadership, commensurate with the level of appointment.
  • A record of achievement in undergraduate field-, practical- and classroom-based teaching, including experience in module design, organisation and leadership (Lecturer F).
  • Experience of successful PhD. supervision (Lecturer F).

Application process

Please submit a CV and a covering letter with your application. Your letter of application should highlight how you meet the criteria, as well as including a personal research plan and a teaching statement. Both the research plan and teaching statement should be limited to one side of A4 each.

For informal enquiries please contact the Head of Physical Geography Dr Andrew Henderson (; 0191 208 3086). All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

posted: 28 April 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.