Full Professor of Sustainability Geoscience

Applications are invited for a Permanent post of a Full Professor of Sustainability Geoscience within UCD School of Earth Sciences

The UCD School of Earth Sciences invites applications for a Full Professor position under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2020, in line with the requirements set out in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Call document

The Senior Academic Leadership Initiative gives priority to highly qualified female candidates within the boundaries of what is legally permissible, in order to address their underrepresentation; preferential consideration of female candidates is excluded if other reasons worthy of legal protection, prevail. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who are in a minority or protected under Irish social legislation, or who also belong to an underrepresented minority in academic posts may be approved if the institution can clearly articulate reasons worthy of legal protection as to why they should be considered.

More information about the objectives of the SALI Initiative can be found under the section covering "Further Information for Candidates" below, and also at: https://hea.ie/funding-calls/senior-academic-leadership-initiative/

IMPORTANT NOTE: All applicants considering the above opportunity are asked to pay close attention and to adhere to the specific requirements outlined in 'Further Information for Candidates (Application Procedures)' section of the Job Description for this post.

About UCD School of Earth Sciences

UCD School of Earth Sciences (https://www.ucd.ie/earthsciences/) is the largest geoscience school in Ireland with 11 permanent faculty, 4 tenure track (Ad Astra) fellows, and over 50 researchers and associated support staff. It is one of 7 schools in the UCD College of Science. We have an internationally recognised reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The School hosts the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre involving all the Irish geoscience institutions (https://www.icrag-centre.org), as well as the National Centre for Isotope Geochemistry at UCD (NCIG). We have world-class geochemistry and isotopic platforms and related clean laboratories, core handling and scanning equipment, a laser particle sizer, imaging facilities and a range of geocomputation software and hardware. Our research covers both pure and applied topics and increasingly addresses current societal challenges including the energy transition, environmental change, geohazards and access to raw materials. We continue to value field-based science alongside both computational and laboratory-based science. For further details of our research themes and recent output, see: https://www.ucd.ie/earthsciences/research/ourresearchthemes/ .

Our degree programmes reflect the evolving needs of society and industry, producing graduates with modern field, laboratory, analytical, digital and geospatial skills that are nationally and internationally highly regarded. We provide BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD degrees in Geology, in addition to taught modules across programmes in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability, Energy Systems and Risk, Resilience & Sustainability. A new MSc in Subsurface Characterisation and Geomodelling will be introduced later this year and we are keen to develop additional taught-graduate offerings.

Creating a sustainable global society is a core objective of UCD's 2020-2024 Rising to the Future strategy. Under the SALI scheme, we seek to strengthen further the sustainability element of our research and teaching by making a strategic appointment at Full Professor level. Geoscience is key to achieving many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we encourage applications from those who can make a major contribution to this effort. The successful candidate will be an exceptional mid-career geoscientist capable of driving forward the sustainability agenda from a geoscience perspective, and able to offer vision and leadership at school, university, and national level. It is anticipated that they may also wish to have a leadership role in iCRAG. Although open to applications across the full breadth of sustainability geoscience, we have prioritised three areas bearing on some of the most important global challenges facing humanity. These are:

  1. Hydrogeology - all aspects of the availability, quality and protection of groundwater;
  2. The supply of critical raw materials to drive the energy transition and support the move to an increasingly circular economy, and
  3. Geological and geotechnical characterisation of the subsurface, particularly as it applies to infrastructure development, including onshore and offshore renewable energy, and energy storage projects.

95 Full Professor C (2010) Salary Scale: €124,586 - €157,628 per annum

Appointment will be made on scale in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

Job Ref: 014334

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 31st May 2022

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website: https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/

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