Assistant Professors in Physical Geography: Reconstructing Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironmental Change / Sea Level Change (Grades 7 and 8)


As one of the UK's leading universities, Durham is an incredible place in which to define your career and enjoy a high quality work/life balance. Benefitting from a fantastic location just 90 minutes south of Edinburgh, and less than three hours away from London, this historically rich city is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century and is within close proximity of the beautiful Durham Dales. With a welcoming student body that numbers more than 17,000 and over 3,000 members of staff, this centre of academic excellence looks forward to welcoming your application.

About us:

Durham University is listed 4th in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and is widely lauded for the exceptional talent it harbours. Featuring in the top 100 World University Rankings 2017-2018, our students and academics are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work. The needs of our staff are taken care of too, with generous pension plans, assistance with childcare facilities, the option for flexible working and a Relocation Manager who can help settle you into this fantastic city.

The role:

Geography at Durham consistently ranks among the very best departments not just in the UK, but also in the world. We were graded top for research power in REF 2014 and our students report satisfaction levels of 95% in the National Student Survey. With research expertise in reconstructing past climates or environmental change, you will complement and extend our world-leading research profile. We are investing in two Assistant Professor posts. One calls for experience in analysing terrestrial, lacustrine and/or marine archives from the Quaternary epoch. The other will specialise in sea level change. Whichever your field of interest, you will enjoy the advantage of excellent facilities and an environment where pursuit of innovative concepts and methodologies is valued. You will benefit from our commitment to ensure that your teaching load is sustainable. This will give you time to carry out internationally excellent research, informing your teaching and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

You'll need:

  • A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in Geography or a related subject such as Earth Sciences (either completed, or currently in progress).
  • The ability to produce world-class research in the field of physical geography, including a research plan which supports the activities of the department.
  • Proof that you have contributed to research groups, mentoring early career researchers.
  • The confidence to supervise PhD students.
  • To be willing to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income.
  • The ability to engage with users of research and the generation of public benefit.
  • Experience of delivering high-quality teaching across lectures, smaller study groups and field trips, with the ability to attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • Confident leadership and communication skills, with the willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • If you haven't specifically met the above criteria but have recently completed or are concluding your PhD and feel you have the skills needed to do so, then you are invited to apply for the role at grade 7.

How to apply:

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.

We prefer to receive applications online. For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

To apply please visit https://www.durham.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/vacancies/geog18-4/

Closing date: 24th November 2017

published: 07 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.