Lecturer in Environmental Science

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

Job Description

Lecturer in Environmental Science

UE08 £43,414 to £51,805 per annum

College of Science & Engineering /School of GeoSciences/ Global Change Research Institute

Open-ended

Full time; 35 hours per week

We are looking for a lecturer in Environmental Science, with expertise in topics, such as: pollution of the Earth’s surface, emerging contaminants related to the transition to net zero, the environmental science of waste management and circular economies, environmental monitoring and assessment.  

The Opportunity:

The appointee will contribute high quality teaching to the BSc (Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences degree programmes and pursue excellent environmental science research in the School of GeoSciences. The role will involve course design, delivery, assessment and organisation, practical-based and data handling and statistics teaching, pastoral care, and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. The appointee will also pursue excellent research, engage in knowledge exchange, and contribute to Institute and School citizenship and administration.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • A PhD in Environmental Science / Environmental Pollution / Environmental Chemistry or a related discipline
  • Ability to deliver high quality research in the field of environmental science in topics related to environmental pollution
  • Experience of developing and delivering practical and data handling and statistics teaching in a higher education setting and assessing student performance
  • Knowledge of current teaching and learning methods in higher education
  • Demonstrable commitment to participating fully in academic life, including supporting students and collaborative working

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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. Click to access our staff benefits page (opens new browser tab) 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.

Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 6 February 2023.

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 workwebpages (opens new browser tab).

On this occasion the University will not consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this role. International workers will therefore only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK.

As part of your application, please provide

  • CV (including names, affiliations and email contacts for two Referees)
  • covering letter
  • research statement (2 pages max.) 
  • teaching statement (2 pages max.)

The School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Environmental Science on an open-ended contract. We are seeking a committed and enthusiastic individual to join the teaching team for the BSc (Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences degree programmes and who has expertise in topics related to environmental pollution. The appointee will contribute high quality teaching to the BSc (Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences degree programmes and pursue excellent environmental science research in the School of GeoSciences. The role will involve course design, delivery, assessment and organisation, practical-based and data handling and statistics teaching, pastoral care, and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. The appointee will also pursue excellent research, engage in knowledge exchange, and contribute to Institute and School citizenship and administration.

The appointee will be a member of the Global Change Research Institute in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. The institute is home to around 100 academic and research staff and 130 postgraduate researchers whose overarching mission is to understand past, present and future changes in the Earth system, and to inform mitigation strategies for future change. We host longstanding programmes in understanding how the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, land surface and oceans have interacted in the past, in monitoring their current behaviour, and in developing predictions of their future dynamics. Building on these scientific foundations, we further engage in interdisciplinary research focussed on mitigating the many challenges posed by the global climate emergency, environmental hazards, inequalities, conservation and sustainability. Our research extends throughout the world, over the seven continents, across all the oceans, from the poles to the equator, and from the deep Earth to the upper atmosphere. Our research programmes typically involve field work, remote sensing, in situ monitoring, laboratory experimentation and analysis, theory, modelling and stakeholder engagement. We research and teach across all GeoSciences disciplines including ecology, environmental science, geography, geology, geophysics and meteorology.

The BSc degree programmes in Ecological and Environmental Sciences have around 250 students across four years. Through classroom, practical, digital and field teaching, students on these programmes develop the skills and knowledge to: understand environmental issues; design robust strategies for sample collection; make ecological and environmental measurements; evaluate the significance of results; and manage conservation and environmental protection projects. They are taught mainly by staff within the Biosphere research group, who are advancing the frontiers of research on soils, freshwater, microbes and plants, their interactions and their role in the entire Earth system, while also contributing to improving human societal-environment relationships.

The School of GeoSciences is actively trying to build a more diverse academic community. We strongly welcome applications from under-represented groups within the School, including candidates who are LGBTQ+, disabled and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Deputy Head of the Global Change Research Institute, Professor Kate Heal, email k.heal@ed.ac.uk  

More details about the School are available from http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences

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


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DEGREE REQUIRED

IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development