University Teacher (Ecological and Environmental Sciences)

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

University Teacher (BSc Ecological and Environmental Sciences – Environmental Science and Modelling)

UE07 £34,304 – £40,927

College of Science and Engineering, School of GeoSciences

Fixed Term – approx. 36 months, Full Time

Early 2022 – January 2025

1 post available

We are looking for a self-motivated University teacher to deliver high quality teaching in the area of ecological and environmental sciences, including expertise to teach ecological and environmental modelling.

The Opportunity:

The successful candidate will be required to organise, teach and assess courses across years 1 to 4 at undergraduate level. The courses build core disciplinary knowledge in ecological and environmental sciences and provide training in field and quantitative skills and statistics. The post holder will act as Dissertation supervisor for BSc projects and as Personal Tutor to BSc students in the Ecological and Environmental Sciences degree programmes in the School of GeoSciences. There are currently about 200 students on these programmes with 17 academic staff across a number of research groups in the School. The role includes working closely with the Ecological and Environmental Sciences Degree Programme Convenor and other academic staff teaching on the courses, and participating in relevant Institute and School meetings.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD in the area of Ecological and Environmental Sciences or equivalent, or must have submitted before taking up the appointment, with relevant postgraduate research and/or training experience
  • Knowledge of current teaching and learning methods in higher education
  • Knowledge and experience of quantitative skills and statistics, including use of the R software environment
  • Experience in teaching at undergraduate level
  • Ability to design and/or modify teaching appropriate to the area of Ecological and Environmental Sciences

Click here for a copy of the full job description.

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

We intend to hold interviews in December for a start date of January/February.

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.

The University may be able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  This will depend on a number of factors specific to the successful applicant.

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

7 days remaining

Apply by 6 December, 2021