Head of School of GeoSciences

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

Grade UE10 (£61,818 per annum)

College of Science and Engineering – School of GeoSciences            

Full Time (35 hours per week)

Fixed Term for 5 years

Are you an innovative academic of international standing?  An opportunity is now available for the position of the Head of the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh.

This is an exceptional opportunity for you to join one of the top universities in the world. The University of Edinburgh is currently 16th in the QS World University rankings and provides exceptional research, teaching and living environments.

The School of GeoSciences within the University is one of the largest and most successful groupings of geographers and geoscientists in the UK.  Our vision is “to understand the natural world and develop solutions to key societal challenges and inequalities in order to secure a more socially just and environmentally sustainable world”.

Our community of staff, students and researchers are passionately committed to understanding the impact of climate on the Earth’s systems, the environment and ecosystems, and the social, economic, cultural and political implications for society.

Our School delivers cutting-edge research, inspirational teaching and innovative thinking, attracting a high level of research funding and some of the greatest minds from around the globe.  We have a growing and cosmopolitan staff body numbering over 400, with 1,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the world.

This post provides a unique opportunity for a candidate of exceptional calibre to play a key role in shaping the future of our School to increase our global impact and contribution to society.

Applications are invited from candidates who have significant experience operating in an academic environment.  In addition, they understand the demands of world-class research, scholarship and teaching across the range of disciplines present in our School, together with experience in people management within a complex organisation.

Applicants must have an exceptional personal record of research and funding awards. They should also be internationally recognised in at least one of our School’s core disciplines and have the vision and skills required to lead the School.

Candidates will be committed to:

  • strengthening and further developing our School’s activities in research and impact;
  • maximising the quality and effectiveness of its teaching;
  • enhancing eLearning and online teaching initiatives that build on the University’s existing strengths in online education;
  • implementation of the School’s strategic plan;
  • act as the external advocate of the School to develop the School’s presence and reputation, both nationally and internationally.

The University of Edinburgh is an exciting, vibrant and innovative academic community offering opportunities to work with leading academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world.

The University of Edinburgh aims to ensure equality of opportunity and holds an Athena Swan Silver award. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level, we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.  Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

Further information on the University and School is available from https://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.  

For an informal discussion, potential candidates are invited to contact Professor David Robertson, Head of the College of Science and Engineering, [email protected].

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About Us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the Team

The School of GeoSciences explores the factors and forces that shape our world. The School aims to understand the world through fundamental curiosity-driven research and to support prescient decision-making at individual to global scales. We undertake world-leading research; offer new ways of understanding natural and social drivers of change; provide inter-and trans-disciplinary solutions; and work in partnership to improve livelihoods and explore ways to manage the environment that are both sustainable and socially equitable.
With over 500 academics, researchers and research students, we are the largest and most successful interdisciplinary grouping of geoscientists and geographers in the UK. Research activity is coordinated within three main Research Institutes – Global Change, Earth and Planetary Science, and Geography and the Lived Environment – and within smaller research groupings that reach across and beyond the School.
A distinctive feature of the School is the combination of academic strength, intellectual breadth and societal relevance. Our interdisciplinary research and teaching builds on established core disciplines (ecology, environmental sciences, geography, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography) to provide a variety of approaches to understanding the world (including, for example, system-scale modelling, process studies and the development of urban and social theory). The School’s research covers fundamental ‘blue-skies’ questions, as well as having application to key societal challenges including inequality and vulnerability; urban precarity; nature and cultural meaning; development and sustainability; climate and environmental change; energy, food and water security; health and wellbeing; natural resources; and natural hazards. 
The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality in higher education.  Our aim is to recognise and value diversity in our staff and students, and to support flexible and family-friendly working.   More details about the School is available from http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences