School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Assistant Professor,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)



The post

The School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences is seeking to appoint a member of academic staff specialising in water or soil chemistry. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor grade; applicants should have a proven track record of research as well as teaching experience commensurate with this grade.

The School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences was formed in 2016 and currently delivers a BSc Environmental Science Degree. We contribute to a number of other Degree programmes, both here at UNMC and at our campuses in the UK and China, and have plans to expand the portfolio of courses offered in Malaysia. Research in the School is organized around the themes of Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Spatial Systems Science and Global Change.

We are looking to appoint someone whose research covers either water or soil chemistry, ideally in relation to pollution or land contamination. Skills in spatial analysis or modelling would be an advantage, though are not essential. We would like to appoint someone who is motivated to work in tropical Asia, and develop their research career here. Hence, we are looking to appoint a junior member of staff with strong ambitions and clear potential. The School has very strong links with the UK and China campuses, and we welcome applicants with a desire to exploit the opportunities for collaborative research and teaching that these links provide.

The successful candidate will work in accordance with the School's vision and help implement its research strategy. You will be expected to contribute to the delivery of high quality teaching and research, and will be required to undertake administrative/management duties as requested by the Head of School.

The School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences is committed to diversity and to the development of local talent in Malaysia. We invite applicants who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas, and people who aim to have a long-lasting impact in Malaysia and the region.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is an outstanding, research-intensive University which has been consistently ranked as one of the top 100 Universities worldwide. It is a genuinely international University and has campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China. We are currently seeking to appoint a new member of the academic team at Assistant Professor level to be based at the Malaysia Campus.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) is located in Semenyih, on a 110 acre purpose-built site 40 km south-east of Kuala Lumpur. It is home to almost 5000 students and 700 academic, professional and support staff. UNMC provides a high quality UK education; it has MQA self-accrediting status and a 5* MyRA (the Malaysian Research Assessment) rating.

This post represents an exciting opportunity to join the recently created School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences (EGS). EGS has strong links with the Schools of Geography, Biosciences and Life Sciences at the UK campus and there will be an opportunity to visit Nottingham, UK as part of the induction process for the successful applicant. EGS has responsibility for delivering the Environmental Science Degree, but also contributes to other programmes (e.g. Tropical Biology, offered from the UK and which involves students spending their second year at UNMC). We have a strategy for growth and development, and this post represents an important element of our 5-year Plan. More information about the School can be found on our website: http://www.nottingham.edu.my/EGS/index.aspx

Person specification

We are looking for someone holding or about to complete a PhD in some aspect of water or soil chemistry and have an academic background (e.g. Undergraduate or Masters Degree) that would allow you to contribute teaching in modules across the BSc Environmental Science Programme. You should have experience of teaching, assessment and mentoring of undergraduate students and a record of publication in international peer-reviewed journals. Ideally you should have experience of post-graduate research supervision (Masters and PhD), a track record of securing external grant income and skills in the use of geospatial technology (GIS, remote sensing) in teaching.

The post holder will be expected (i) to contribute to academic activities through the delivery of high quality teaching and research, (ii) to undertake administrative work and/or management functions as required, and (iii) to generally assist with the efficient and effective running of the School and wider university. The position will involve working closely with colleagues in the UK and China, and opportunities for travel to these campuses will be provided.

The main duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Undertake undergraduate teaching and postgraduate (Research Student) supervision. This will involve: design, updating and review of module content and documentation, delivery of contact teaching (lectures, practicals, workshops, field courses), assessment of student performance, intellectual and pastoral support to students, and the design and execution of assessment.
  • Develop and sustain an international reputation as a research leader, through original research work. Publish results of research in leading peer-reviewed international journals, and present or exhibit at international conferences or similar events.
  • Work closely with the Head of School (UNMC) and other staff to ensure that all teaching and related activities are conducted to the highest standards.
  • Ensure that the School is able to make the best possible contribution to UNMC's performance in relevant teaching and research ranking processes (e.g. MyRA), by the timely submission of relevant data as and when required.
  • Work closely with colleagues at UNMC, the UK and China to support the internationalization of education in relation to both research and teaching, and encourage and facilitate opportunities for international student exchange.
  • Contribute to marketing and external liaison activities, including domestic and international student recruitment.
  • Demonstrate commitment to equality of opportunity for both students and staff, respecting and encouraging diversity throughout the School and university.
  • Carry out any other relevant duties appropriate to the level of the post holder, as agreed with the Head of School (UNMC).

How to apply

The position is available to commence in August 2017.

For informal, confidential enquiries about the post please contact the Head of School, Prof Chris Gibbins (christopher.gibbins@nottingham.edu.my)

Candidates are required to complete the application form and submit this along with their curriculum vitae, a covering letter outlining their suitability for the position, and contact details of three academic referees. Applications should be submitted by e-mail before 22 May 2017 to the Administrative Officer, Ms. Vanitha Singaram at vanitha.singaram@nottingham.edu.my.

published: 05 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.