Lecturer in Planetary GeoScience

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom


The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK's Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world's great broad-based research-intensive universities.

Applications for the post are welcome in any research areas in planetary geoscience, which may include robotic exploration or remote sensing that complement the existing strengths within the School. The post-holder will develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in planetary geoscience contribute to teaching, assessment, project supervision and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and participate in School management and organisation. 

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES) has an outstanding reputation in Earth and planetary science, and is expanding its research and teaching in the area of planetary geoscience. To complement our existing strengths in meteoritics, we are seeking applicants with a strong track record in studying the geology and/or geomorphology of planetary bodies using data from rovers, satellites, and/or returned samples, and who have experience in working within multidisciplinary and international research teams. 

The successful applicant will be a member of the vibrant Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG) within the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES). The ESRG has 25 academic staff, and its research is organised into three themes; Life and its interactions with dynamic environments; Global landscapes and climate change; and Dynamic Earth and planetary evolution. These themes focus on i) understanding how critical thresholds in changing environments affect fundamental interactions with the atmosphere and hydrosphere on land and in aqueous systems; ii) quantitative understanding of Earth and planetary materials to elucidate mechanisms, drivers, and timescales of dynamic processes within our Solar System; and iii) understanding and modelling how Earth’s surface evolves spatially and temporally through interactions with the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere to influence processes that sustain life. ESRG researchers have access to an impressive array of imaging and microanalytical tools within the University (e.g., scanning electron and Raman microscopy, focused ion beam and transmission electron microscopy, laser ablation ICP-MS, GC-MS, GR-IRMS, and X-ray computed tomography), and an array of world-class instrumentation for isotopic analysis that is available at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center.

Job Purpose 
To carry out research and scholarship in planetary geoscience, deliver an excellent student experience through teaching and assessment, and contribute to management and administration. At Grade 8 demonstrate leadership and contribute to academic and strategic management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following range of activities:

1. Develop, lead and sustain personal and group research aligned appropriately to School/College research strategy. 

2. Enhance your research profile, reputation and esteem through:
- Establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high quality refereed journals, generating research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit;
- Presentation at international and national conferences and at internal/external seminars, colloquia and workshops;
- Identification of potential funding sources and the development of proposals to secure funding from internal/external bodies to support future research;
- Developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the School/College/University and external Academic and Industrial Partners;
- Contribution to team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.

3. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of high quality teaching, supervision and assessment activities across under/post-graduate programmes within the Subject/School.

4. Contribute to the on-going development and design of under/post-graduate curricula, to ensure a research-led approach to student learning and assessment in the discipline and/or profession.

5. Manage a variety of academic administrative activities, including timely delivery of effective and constructive feedback on assessment, and provision of pastoral support.

6. Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as assigned by the Head of School.

7. Engage in personal, professional and career development.

8. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World. http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/

For appointment at grade 8: Demonstrate enhanced leadership, academic responsibility and strategic management, particularly through internationally leading research, outputs and funding. 

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1 Relevant PhD or equivalent experience within geology, Earth science, geomorphology, geochemistry or a cognate discipline 
A2 Significant breadth/depth of knowledge in planetary geology or geomorphology 
A3 A growing international reputation, evidenced by esteem indicators, in a field that matches or enhances existing activities within the Earth Systems Research Group of the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.

C1 Ability, drive and influence to develop an international research profile
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate
C3 Excellent communication skills, with ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills and a collegiate approach
C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills 
C7 Good team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills
C8 A strong commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching and proven ability to engage students to inspire learning, and to provide pastoral care to students 

For appointment at Grade 8
C9 Excellent leadership skills, able to develop early career academic colleagues and manage a research team
C10 Excellent influencing and collaboration skills to facilitate shaping the research agenda of the academic community and funders
C11 Exceptional commitment to high quality teaching, enthusing students and inspiring learning 

E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience including postdoctoral experience, appropriate to an early career researcher
E2 Evidence of a track record of presentations and publications 
E3 Experience in undertaking independent research and contributing to successful funding applications
E4 Excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level

For appointment at Grade 8:
E5 Strong track record of undertaking research, publishing in high impact journals at national and international level, and in attracting external research funding
E6 Excellent track record of contribution to academic and administration activities in a research led institution

Job Features

Typical Performance Standard:
For Lecturer:

Design and lecture on equivalent of 30 credits in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes; carry normal project supervision load.
Two 3* or more REF quality papers per annum (portfolio with minimum of four 3* papers in most recent 6 year period), with the potential that one or more could meet the 4* REF criteria Apply for external research funding on average twice per year PGR supervision equal to Russell Group median Consistently hold a portfolio of funding as PI sufficient to support at least one PDRA
Principal investigator for significant external research grants
Leadership in the supervision of postgraduate research students
Planning and implementation of knowledge exchange and research impact work
Design and delivery of undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate courses.
Contribution to school administration and management relating to learning and teaching, recruitment, research, public engagement and/or internationalisation
Participation in peer review or publications and grant applications, contribution to extrenal workshops and conferences, effective research collaborations within the UK and internationally
The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES) is one of seven schools in the College of Science and Engineering. GES has 35 FTE academic staff, 16 FTE professional staff and ~600 FTE students. It delivers three undergraduate programmes (Earth Science, Geology, Geography) and six taught postgraduate programmes. GES has two research groups, Earth Systems (ESRG) and Human Geography (HGRG), and a graduate school with ~50 FTE MSc and PhD students. The School has close links with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries. GES made two submissions to REF2014, one from ESRG plus SUERC, and the other from the HGRG, both of which were highly rated. Our commitment to equality and diversity has been recognised by the award of Athena SWAN silver.

For informal enquires please contact the Head of School Professor Martin Lee (Martin.Lee@Glasgow.ac.uk).

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