School of Environment and Life Sciences

Chair or Reader in Physical Geography

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The School wishes to appoint a Chair or Reader (one post) in Physical Geography to take a leading role in enhancing this important area of the School's portfolio. The appointee will contribute to research and teaching in a thematic area of Physical Geography and complement existing research activities within the School. They will also support the University's strategic development of Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) that will underpin all its research, teaching and engagement activities.

The School provides a highly dynamic environment for interdisciplinary research and teaching, with a focus on sustainable environments and human health. There are 16 academic staff in the area of Geography and Environmental Management and more than 60 other academic staff in the School, spanning wildlife biology, disease ecology and biomedical sciences.

The School has a strong and growing research base. New appointments have strengthened our profile since REF2014, and this post is intended to further strengthen our research profile. Research is co-ordinated through two research centres to promote inter-disciplinary collaboration. The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) includes internationally-recognised research foci in environmental pollution and remediation, modelling plant disease spread, satellite remote sensing and landscape dynamics, and urban sustainability and ecosystem services.

The successful applicant will have an outstanding international research profile and a significant track-record of obtaining research grants. They will have experience of supervising postgraduate and/or postdoctoral researchers, and have a strong record of research outputs and developing funded collaborative research activities. Applicants should be committed to high quality, research-led teaching and be able to contribute to delivery and development of modules, including those which are fieldwork-based, across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Geography and Environmental Management. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate how their research would complement or enhance existing research strengths within the School.

Candidates are asked to indicate clearly which role they wished to be considered for, Chair or Reader, in their application. The School is only looking to make one appointment, but it may be at either level.

If you'd like to discuss this vacancy further please contact Professor Shelia Pankhurst, Dean of the School of Environment and Life Science, on +44 (0)161 295 5171 or

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and are working to redress the gender balance in Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine.

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Closing date: 25 June 2017 at 11.59pm

Interview date: Please note that interviews will take place on the 10th and 11th July 2017.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and are working towards developing an inclusive working environment celebrating the diversity of our University community.

published: 26 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.