University Lectureship in Earth Sciences

We invite applications from candidates carrying out creative and innovative research, using observational, numerical and/or experimental techniques in geobiology, with a likely focus in the broad areas of evolutionary palaeobiology, earth system evolution, and ancient environments. We seek candidates who show a talent for connecting disciplines, and have an imaginative flair that will set future agendas.

Candidates should have an outstanding record of research in a relevant subject area and will be expected to develop a vigorous research programme at an international level. The successful applicant will contribute to the research activity of the Department (and the University) leading to interaction with academic staff across several areas, to supervise research students and actively to seek external funds to support their research. The Department assists new academic staff as much as possible to establish their research in Cambridge.

The person appointed will be expected to contribute to the Department's teaching at various levels. At elementary level, they may be asked to help with teaching outside their immediate field of specialisation. All of our academic staff take part in undergraduate field teaching. We welcome applications from persons with degrees in Earth Sciences or allied disciplines.

The Department is committed to equality and diversity, and we would particularly welcome applications from women and minority candidates. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the Department holds an Athena-SWAN bronze award.

Further particulars and information at or contact the Administrator (

The appointments will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers (39,324 to 49,772 a year) and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. A University Lectureship is broadly equivalent to an tenure track Assistant Professorship in the US.

As well as submitting a CV, your letter of application should include (a) a list of publications, (b) a 1000 word statement covering your current research, future research directions, and teaching experience. The closing date is Saturday 2 December, 2017.

Candidates are also requested to ask their three referees to write direct to the Administrator ( by Saturday 2 December, 2017.

Interviews will be held in the week of 19 February 2018

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Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK.

The University holds an
institutional Athena-SWAN
silver award and the department is a bronze award holder.

posted: 04 August 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.