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Durham University

Academic Talent

Three Assistant Professors in Geophysics or Environmental Geoscience

Vacancy reference: EART19-1

Department: Earth Sciences

Responsible to: Head of Department

Grade: 7-8

Salary range: £33,797- £49,553 per annum

Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Opening date: 01/09/2019

Closing date: 30/10/2019

Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 01/07/2020

The role

We are living through unprecedented change on Earth; scientific understanding of geological hazards, sustainability, infrastructure, climate change, energy and natural resources is increasingly important to society. We wish to appoint three outstanding, collaborative and broad-thinking colleagues as Assistant Professors, with research and teaching interests in either of the general areas of Geophysics or Environmental Geoscience. This includes but is not limited to subject areas such as Climate and Environmental Change; Earth Observation; Subsurface Investigation, Exploration or Remediation; Geohazards; Biogeoscience; and Digital Environment.

You will have the opportunity to make a key contribution to the department’s future success by providing the highest quality education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and by conducting research at a high international level. You will be encouraged and helped to build your own research group, to collaborate widely and to explore the full potential of the impact of your research. Your research may innovate new research themes or contribute to existing themes in the Department and across the University, including cross-disciplinary and collaborative vehicles such as the Durham Energy Institute and the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience.

Durham is a UK top 5 and global top 30 Earth Sciences department and is committed to helping you to develop your full potential in both education and research. You will start with a light teaching load, building towards the department average over three years. Start-up packages can be negotiated and there are many examples of flexible working practices.

The Department strives for a collegial, collaborative and flexible working environment and is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, currently holding a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award. More information on the department, its research and its facilities can be found at

Interviews are anticipated to take place in early 2020 and successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1 July 2020.

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