Lecturer in Climate Risk and Resilience

University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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The School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in the field of Climate Risk and Resilience. We seek to recruit an outstanding candidate with an excellent research profile in the fields of physical climate change impacts and evidence-based responses.

The post-holder is expected to be capable of providing leadership in the School’s taught Masters programmes, both on campus and online, as well as teaching on undergraduate programmes. Experience of and enthusiasm to run student field trips are desirable.

The post-holder will: pursue excellent independent research, secure research funding commensurable with the level of post, engage in impact activities and supervise postgraduate students; deliver and develop teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels; and undertake leadership and administrative duties in teaching, student support and university administration.

The successful applicant will join and work with a large group of physical and social scientists in our Global Change and our Geography and the Lived Environment Research Institutes.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a related discipline, have teaching experience and a publication record commensurate with career stage.

This is an open-ended permanent post available from 1st of August 2019 or earlier if possible.

The School 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. We also welcome applications from those who would like to consider part-time and/or flexible working. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Climate Risk and Resilience 
School/Support Department: School of GeoSciences 
Start date and duration: As soon as possible 
Open-ended contract

2. Job Purpose

The successful candidate will conduct research, teaching and administration in the School of GeoSciences, contributing to the School’s intellectual wealth, collegial environment, and international research reputation. The post holder will be expected to pursue excellent research, deliver and develop teaching at all levels, undertake leadership and administrative duties in teaching, student support and university administration, engage in knowledge exchange, and supervise graduate students.

The post-holder will lead and support research and teaching collaboration across the school and college, and between the school and external organisations. They will deliver and develop teaching of undergraduate and Masters students, pursue independent research, engage in knowledge transfer and supervise graduate students, primarily in the fields of physical climate change impacts and evidence-based responses.

3. Main Responsibilities


Generic responsibilities:

  1. Initiate, plan and deliver an independent research programme of at least nationally excellent quality.
  2. Secure research funding to support individual and inter-disciplinary research projects.
  3. Disseminate and publish research findings or other innovative contributions through publications, workshops, conferences, impact case studies, etc.
  4. Supervise research students and deliver high quality doctoral training to develop early career researchers.
  5. Develop translational research links and derive impact from these.
  6. Undertake and deliver appropriate research related leadership and management roles.

Specific responsibilities

  1. Develop and deliver high-quality international research in the broad area of Climate Risk Resilience and to secure research funding to support such research activity.
  2. Develop capacity in research in order to build a strong interdisciplinary portfolio, within the School, across the University, and in the broader academic community.
  3. Engage, collaborate with, and contribute to attracting research funding in this identified area.
  4. The post-holder will participate in one or more of the research groups that are a feature of this large and diverse School.

Teaching and Learning

Generic responsibilities:

  1. Develop and deliver effective teaching up to Masters level, both using and updating existing material and developing new coursework. Undertake curriculum development or course reorganisation as appropriate.
  2. Teach students in field settings, on existing and future field courses.
  3. Develop student research projects and supervise Honours and Masters’ students on these projects.
  4. Undertake and deliver appropriate learning and teaching related leadership and management roles, for example through acting as a Course Organiser, Director and/or Deputy Programme Director, Chair of Exam Board, etc.
  5. Provide academic and pastoral support to students, for example acting as a Personal Tutor, supporting student recruitment, leading and developing fieldtrips, and contributing to projects or committees at School, College or University level.
  6. Regularly seek to improve the quality of teaching by investing time in formal and informal ways, such as CPD, Teaching Fellowship, peer review.

The School delivers a number of national and international fieldtrips annually as part of our degree programmes, ranging from day trips or weekends to longer trips of up to a few weeks. The post holder will be required to participate in their fair share of these trips. Occasional weekend and evening working may also be required to support student recruitment activities such as open/visit days.

Specific responsibilities :

  1. Provide leadership in the School’s taught Masters programmes, both on campus and online, as well as teaching on undergraduate programmes.
  2. Contribute to the development and delivery of developing programmes across the School and University.
  3. Engage in the enhancement of digital teaching initiatives, through development of online distance learning and blended learning programmes, courses and approaches that either enhance, or expand on, the School’s current and planned portfolio.

4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


  1. A PhD in a relevant area.
  2. Commitment to, and evidence of, or clear potential to deliver, excellence in teaching and ability to deliver courses/programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.
  3. Evidence of the potential, aspiration and commitment to deliver sustained research of high quality and international excellence, and of ability to secure funding to support identified research activities.
  4. A track record of high-quality publications and a strategy to contribute to the highest possible REF grade, coupled with an evidenced ability to communicate to diverse stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrable commitment to participating fully in academic life, including collaborative working and collegiality across disciplines.
  6. Capacity to develop academic leadership.
  7. Ability to engage with a range of teaching mediums; including online and distance learning.
  8. Excellence communication (including written and spoken English), presentation and organisational skills.
  9. A commitment to communicate and collaborate beyond discipline boundaries and to inter-disciplinary opportunities inherent in a broad, large School and across the University.


  1. Membership of ILT, HEA Fellowship and/or completion of a formal tertiary qualification
  2. Experience of curriculum development
  3. Evidence of adaptability, skills and breadth of interest to evolve the focus of research and teaching in response to changes in the research agenda, external demands, curriculum requirements and funding opportunities.
  4. Demonstration of previous interdisciplinary research, and capacity to develop interdisciplinary engagements with other social sciences/humanities disciplines and with specialists from within the natural sciences, engineering and/or medicine.
  5. Experience of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies and stakeholders and the public.

Informal Enquiries

Informal information regarding the post is available from Professor Dave Reay (Chair in Carbon Management and Education), Dr Janet Fisher (Senior Lecturer in Environmental Social Sciences) or Dr Robert Bingham, Head of Global Change Research Institute.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held in late March 2019. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 20 February 2019.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  1. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  2. Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UEO8 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £40,792 to £48,677 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.