Lecturer in Natural and Environmental Hazards

King's College London

London, UK 🇬🇧

Job ID: 059369

Salary: £48,737 – £57,353 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 12-Dec-2022

Closing date: 31-Jan-2023

Business unit: Social Science & Public Policy

Department: Department of Geography

Contact details: Professor Kate Schreckenberg, Head of Department of Geography , kate.schreckenberg@kcl.ac.uk

Job description

The Department of Geography, King’s College London invites applications for a Lectureship in Natural and Environmental Hazards. The successful applicant will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching – particularly the BSc in Physical Geography and Environmental Science and the MSc in Environmental Science for Sustainability – including in-person and online lecturing, supervision, marking and academic and pastoral support of students. They will also be expected to undertake individual and collaborative research, contributing to the Physical and Environmental Geography research group, one of five research groups in the Department. Candidates should hold a PhD and have a developing international research profile in physical geography, environmental science or a cognate scientific discipline (e.g. climatology, hydrology). We particularly welcome applicants who seek to make use of new ‘big’ environmental data and/or those who seek to engage in research that examines natural and environmental hazards with references to broader global challenges (e.g. climate adaptation, energy and food systems, human health). We encourage applicants from the full spectrum of physical geography and environmental science expertise, and those who combine elements of computational, field- and lab-based data collection and analytical methods.

The Lectureship is an open-ended position with a probation period, which is usually three years. This post will report to the Head of Department of Geography. The Lecturer will receive mentoring and support to develop their skills and experience in education, academic administration, and research.

At King’s, we are deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the university is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. King’s offers inclusive benefits to staff including flexible working, Enhanced Parental Leave, funds for Parents and Carers and the potential to join community staff networks. The Department of Geography is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all our students, staff and visitors. We hold   Bronze Athena SWAN certification and King’s was awarded a Race Equality Charter Bronze Mark in 2020. Our policies align with the College’s equalities policies, including efforts to build an anti-racist university as outlined in the King’s Race Equality Action Plan 2020-2024. We are committed to encouraging further growth from diverse groups, and we welcome applications from people of all abilities and currently under-represented groups, which we are able to support with our range of flexible and inclusive benefits.

This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

Key responsibilities

  • Development of teaching materials suitable for delivery both online and in-person (blended teaching)
  • Teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students: in class, online, in computing laboratories and in the field as necessary
  • Personal and academic tutorial delivery for all stages of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes for in-person and online cohorts
  • Departmental Administrative roles as appropriate for career stage
  • Research, publication and research grant application for research that contributes to the Physical and Environmental Geography research group

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1.       PhD awarded in Physical Geography, Environmental Science or a relevant cognate discipline (awarded before starting the post)

2.       Excellent knowledge and understanding of environmental science, especially in relation to questions of natural and environmental hazards

3.       Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills

4.       Excellent administrative and organisational skills

5.       The ability to design and deliver lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials in the specified fields of expertise

6.       Experience of teaching relevant subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with evidence of innovative and effective teaching and ability to engage and inspire students of diverse and international backgrounds

7.       Experience of assessment procedures in Higher Education and providing excellent feedback on assessment

8.       Evidence of ability to communicate research effectively in the form of publishable journal articles, chapters or conference papers

9.       An interdisciplinary mindset in education and research, and aptitude for working within an interdisciplinary framework, including teaching across disciplines and beyond the immediate field of expertise

10.     A demonstrable commitment to an inclusive, diverse and collegial approach to education and research.

Desirable criteria

1.       Completion of appropriate training in Higher Education teaching and learning/academic practice. Those without this will need to complete this in their first year in post.

2.       Completion of appropriate training in equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusion. Those without this will need to complete this in their first year in post.

3.       Experience of academic administration

4.       Experience of providing academic advice and pastoral support to students

Further information

Short-listed candidates will be invited to a staff presentation (virtual) followed by an online interview, which will start with a five-minute presentation (5 slides) on their approaches to teaching and research.





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