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Durham University embarks on international academic recruitment drive

(30 April 2012)

Professor Chris Higgins

Durham University has announced plans for the biggest international recruitment drive in its history to build on its position as a leading university for global research and education.

The University is planning to attract 50 additional professors and senior academics who are internationally recognised intellectual experts and research leaders in science, social science and arts or humanities.

Durham University's research is recognised amongst the best in the world, making a real difference to the issues which matter to the global society.

The University, which has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities, is ranked 26th in the world * (Times Higher Education 2012) for the international impact of its research as measured by citations.

Its research in specific areas of science, such as space science and cosmology has been ranked 1st in Europe and 4th in the world (* Reuters), and its social sciences and humanities research are both ranked in the world top-50.

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: "As one of the world's most widely recognised universities for research we continually strive to reach new levels of excellence. In order to help us achieve this goal we are hoping to attract some of the world's most brilliant minds.

"Our search will cover the globe and will take nearly a year to complete. We aim to be a university where the most motivated postgraduate students and leading researchers choose to work and visit."

Areas for appointment will include medieval and renaissance/early modern studies; sustainable energy particularly carbon capture and storage; soft matter science; advanced computing and computational biology; medical humanities/philosophy of science; composition, performance and ethnomusicology; boundaries and conflict prevention; population health and healthcare.

Durham University has for many years had a renowned reputation for academic research. It counts nine current and six emeritus Fellows of the Royal Society and four current and 14 emeritus Fellows of the British Academy. Some of its most eminent researchers are listed here:

 A website has been launched for the search:


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