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Academic Talent

Assistant Professor in Physical Geography: Earth surface dynamics and geohazards

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.  We will look to you to complement and extend our world-leading research in the field of Earth surface dynamics and geohazards.  You will pursue your interests in an environment where research crosses spatial and temporal scales and involves innovative combinations of fieldwork, cartography, numerical modelling and lab experiments, using advanced equipment.  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.


Vacancy Reference: GEOG18-2

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Youll need

  • A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in Geography or a related subject (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.