Job Details

Senior Lecturer / Reader / Professor in Professor of Environmental Geoscience

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

***This is the job description for the Professorial position. Job description for the Senior Lecturer/Reader position can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Please confirm in your cover letter which position you are applying for and complete the professorial zoning questions with "NA" if applying for the SL/Reader position***

To provide outstanding academic leadership and further enhance the School’s international profile in Environmental Geoscience by: building an internationally-leading research group; delivering research-led education; reaching out to stakeholders; and leading academic developments in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and College of Science & Engineering administration as required by the Head of School. The University wishes to promote and grow a multidisciplinary research portfolio and fully engage with societal changes as identified by major funding bodies, including RCUK and the EU Framework Programmes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide outstanding academic leadership and strategic vision and direction in the development of research and teaching as well as the recruitment and appointment of academic staff, at all times inspiring the highest standards of research performance within the field of environmental geoscience.

2. Lead and sustain research of international standing in the broad area of environmental geoscience securing external funding most likely lying within the funding remit of RCUK particularly the NERC. It is important that the research is self-sustaining, and it is anticipated that the successful applicant will wish to relocate an existing research team and grant portfolio. To set the research direction internally and externally in line with the School and College strategy, enhancing the research reputation of the School consistent with a Professor in a world-class research intensive University. Lead a portfolio of individual and/or joint externally funded research projects, develop funding strategies and pursue the funding required to underpin the long-term growth of the activity.

3. Sustain an extensive track record of published research of the highest international quality, and present the research at leading national and international conferences, maintaining a consistent output of publications and invited talks at world class level.

4. Take a leadership role in exploring and developing synergies across the School, across the College of Science and Engineering and across the University, providing intellectual leadership in taking forward initiatives and research.

5. Play a key role in developing and implementing School strategy in interdisciplinary research and teaching.

6. Proactively build links and develop external research collaborations with international research groups including multi-disciplinary collaborations; lead and participate in exchange programmes; and support the University’s strategy for internationalisation, ensuring the research activities are at the forefront of the field. To collaborate with other researchers in Glasgow, and further afield where appropriate.

7. Engage in external academic activities (presentation of Keynote Lectures, External Examining, membership of journal editorial boards, membership of national or international committees, etc), to enhance the national and international reputations of the School, the College and the University.

8. To undertake teaching, supervision and assessment of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Supervise and mentor research students and junior members of staff and ensure their effective development

9. Take a leading role in ongoing curriculum development, to meet the changing needs of students, graduates, employers, the profession and wider society, and in support of a research-led approach to student learning.

10. Undertake School and University management and administrative responsibilities at School, College and University level as specified by the Head of School, contributing a significant leadership element.

11. Develop successful collaborations with UK and International academic institutions and research organisations.

12. Engage in personal and professional development as appropriate.

13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s strategic vision ‘Inspiring People Changing the World’

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications

A1 A good first degree in Earth science, physical geography or a cognate discipline
A2 A PhD (or equivalent) in environmental geoscience or a related field.
A3 An extensive strong national and international reputation in a competitive field of research within environmental geoscience that matches or enhances existing research themes within the School (e.g., palaeoclimatology, carbon/macronutrient cycling/fluxes, oceanography/limnology, sustainable use of natural resources)
A4 Comprehensive and current knowledge of research within discipline and specialism.
A5 Distinction in scholarship and research


C1 Demonstrable ability, drive, ambition, vision and organisational skills to lead the development of a research group and to provide strategic and operational leadership to all group members in the delivery of high quality research and teaching.
C2 Demonstrable ability to successfully secure research funding, lead a research team and further develop an international research profile.
C3 Ability to develop taught courses, lead curriculum development, and teach effectively at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in the fields encompassed by the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.
C4 Demonstrable ability to provide leadership and mentoring of other academic staff members.
C5 Ability to provide effective supervision of research students and research staff.
C6 Ability to communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing in an appropriate range of contexts.
C7 Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegiately with internal colleagues and external collaborators across a multi-disciplinary environment.
C8 Outstanding interpersonal and presentation skills and ability to enthuse students.
C9 Excellent time/project/budget management skills.
C10 Proven people skills, with demonstrable ability to manage difficult situations, including staffing situations as appropriate

D1 Ability and willingness to take on appropriate managerial and administrative roles within the School and College, including development of strategy.
D2 Ability and willingness to take on a significant role in the inter-university activities of the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.


E1 An established strong national and international reputation in a field of research within environmental geoscience, with potential for significant further growth in the research field and substantial future funding opportunities. The research field should also fit with the strategic plans of the School and the College.
E2 An established track record of highly-cited publications in leading international journals or equivalent.
E3 An established record of gaining significant research grant funding or equivalent in a competitive environment.
E4 Significant experience of teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level in Environmental Geoscience.
E5 Extensive experience of supervising staff and teaching/supervising students and of providing leadership to others.
E6 Significant experience of managing research projects and grants.
E7 Proven record of extensive academic, research and management leadership.
E8 Contributions to scientific/learned societies

F1 An established track record of interaction with industry, employers, Government and policy makers in the chemistry field.
F2 Experience of proposing, leading or participating in national or international collaborative research projects.
F3 Active involvement with external bodies in developing research strategy

Job Features

Principal Investigator on significant research grants.
Responsible for the supervision of research students and research staff.
Develop and deliver taught courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level.
Mentoring academic staff as appropriate.
Development of other external links and performance of appropriate external academic or professional activities.
Managerial and administrative tasks as allocated by the Head of School and Head of College.

Planning and Organising
Strategic planning of development of the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, including research directions, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities, staff appointments, funding opportunities, etc.
Planning and development of research proposals, including reacting to research funding opportunities.
Planning and organisation of personal research and of research undertaken by directly supervised research staff and students.
Planning of taught programmes and development of curricula, including as appropriate activities related to the University’s quality assurance procedures.
Detailed planning and preparation of those taught courses for which given specific responsibility, including intended learning objectives, syllabus, lectures, tutorials, lab/design/project activities and assessment (exams and coursework).
Effective organisational skills to manage time and prioritise as appropriate managerial/leadership activities, research activities, teaching activities, administrative activities and external/professional activities.

Decision Making
Decisions on strategic development of the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.
Decisions on research direction and funding applications.
Decisions related to supervision of research students and staff and their progress and directions.
Decisions relating to research dissemination (journal papers, conferences, external meetings, etc).
Decisions related to format, curricula and marketing of taught programmes.
Decisions related to course content, intended learning outcomes, assessment methods, marking schemes, etc for individual courses.
Responsibility for organisation of resources, as appropriate.

Internal/External Relationships

Head of School as immediate Line Manager and for exchange of information and advice to ensure that School and College objectives are met.
Academic staff within relevant parts of the School, for development of research and teaching activities, and to mentor or undertake any Performance & Development Review assigned by Head of School.
Other academic colleagues for information exchange to facilitate effective research and teaching.
Administrative staff within School, College and Central Services (e.g., Research, Strategy and Innovation; Finance; Human Resources) for exchange of information relating to research grant applications, finances, research staff appointments, quality assurance, University policies and procedures, etc.
Research assistants to manage and oversee research and to undertake Performance& Development Review.
Research students to supervise research and for progress procedures.
Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students for teaching, project supervision and tutoring to optimise student learning.

Research funding bodies to maximise potential for research funding.
Researchers at other universities or organisations to develop and maintain national and international research collaborations.
Professional organisations to maintain external links and undertake professional activities.
Other universities to act as External Examiner.
Government and policy organisations

Problem Solving
To resolve problems of an academic/technical/scientific nature arising in research or teaching.
To give advice to research students and staff and support the identification of appropriate solutions for their research projects, as appropriate
To resolve student-related issues as appropriate at undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate level.
To propose alternative strategies and negotiate alternative arrangements in overcoming problems or dealing with crises.

Requirement to represent the University nationally and internationally and to increase the profile of the University overseas

A candidate brochure with full details on the role, can be found at the bottom of the page.

Standard Terms & Conditions

For appointment to the Senior Lecturer / Readership the salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 9, £50,618 - £56,950 per annum.

For appointment at the Professorial level salary will be within the professorial range and subject to negotiation. The appointment will be subject to the whole powers and conditions of any Act of Parliament, Ordinances, and Law affecting the University. The appointment is a whole-time appointment, the Professor undertaking to accept paid outside work only with the prior consent of the University Court. This provision does not apply to examinerships and such other appointments as are incidental to the ordinary course of University business

Please confirm in your cover letter which position you are applying for and complete the professorial zoning questions with "NA" if applying for the Reader position.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.
Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

Vacancy reference: E20327; Closing date: 30 October 2017.

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