Durham, County Durham
Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares
Closing date: 30 April 2021 at midnight (GMT)
Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1st January 2022
A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.
As part of Durham University, you’ll be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the big questions. Access to cutting-edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means you’ll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the world’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham.
We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration, they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them.
Durham is a small, beautiful and historic city less than 3 hours north of London and 1.5 hours south of Edinburgh. With short commutes, excellent schools and easy access to superb countryside and coast, it offers an excellent quality of life. You can choose to live in city, suburban or rural residential locations, all within 30 minutes of the University. The University is easily accessible by car, foot, train, or via an extensive network of off-road cycling paths through countryside. The main economic and cultural hub of NE England, Newcastle upon Tyne, is 15 minutes away, providing job opportunities for partners and a diverse range of theatre, arts, music, cinema, restaurants and bars.
The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare provision and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements and moving logistics. You can find out more about both the University and relocating you and your family to Durham at
Durham University’s Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.
Durham Earth Sciences is one of the best UK Earth Science departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and both the satisfaction and employability of its students. It is regularly ranked in the top 5 of UK departments and is within the global top 40.
Our community is around 35 academic staff, 25 research & technical staff, and 10 professional service staff, working together to provide a vibrant atmosphere in which to teach and to undertake research. We work with around 90 research students and 270 undergraduate students.
The Department strives for a collegial, collaborative and flexible working environment and is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, currently holding a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award and applying for a Silver Award later this year.
Our research covers a spectrum of Earth Science disciplines around three themes: Earth Surface Processes and Hazards; Climate, Environment and Resources; Physics and Chemistry of Earth and Planetary Processes. We recognise that we are living through a time of unprecedented change on Earth. Scientific understanding of climate change, geological hazards, sustainability, infrastructure, energy and natural resources is increasingly important to society. Our aims are therefore to help shape the future by providing the highest quality education for our students and to undertake research which is intrinsically excellent and which is relevant to society. We do this within a collegiate, collaborative and flexible working environment. We collaborate globally, and within Durham we work closely with both the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and the Durham Energy Institute.
Research is underpinned by a wide range of analytical facilities that include state of the art geochemical, geophysical, rock mechanics, rheological and imaging facilities, many of which are detailed here. A very wide range of equipment is available elsewhere on campus.
We are committed to providing the highest level of education to our students within an inclusive and supportive environment, helping them develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute positively to the world after they graduate. We provide research-led teaching with a large proportion of practical classes and a deep commitment to field-based teaching. Our students are highly sought after by a diverse range of employers.
Assistant Professors at Durham
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, innovative and collaborative early career colleague to the role of Assistant Professor, with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Climate Science. We are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on either Climate/Atmospheric Modelling or Remote Sensing. This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in a progressive institution.
For more information, please visit our Department pages at
We recognise that our own discipline of Earth Science has a diversity issue. This is also reflected in our own department and we must do better to attract and retain a diverse group of staff. Applications for this position are therefore particularly welcome from women and Black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in academic posts within our Department and the wider Earth science community. We are committed to providing equity and recognise that candidates may have different backgrounds or circumstances that need to be considered when their applications are assessed. If you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, illness, working as care-giver, or any other reason, you may wish to disclose this in your application, so the selection committee can take this into account when assessing your research.
The University is committed to providing the support and training for all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive. Academic colleagues are encouraged to publish world-class research in their area of interest with a focus on quality in high impact journals, rather than quantity. We will fully support your research needs, including practical help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, dedicated service staff to assist with grant writing as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor within the department.
Sitting alongside world-class research, teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first-class learning environment and curricula for all our students. You will have the chance to contribute to the development of our new undergraduate programme in Climate Science and our new postgraduate taught programmes in Data Science. You will be supported to develop your teaching expertise and to engage in teaching innovation to embed our student experience.
All of our Assistant Professors are encouraged to focus on research and teaching but also to engage in wider citizenship to enhance their own development, to support their department and wider discipline, and to contribute to the wider student experience.
We are confident that our recruitment process allows us to attract and select the best international talent to Durham. We therefore offer a reduced probation period of one year for our Assistant Professors and thereafter, subject to meeting realistic and achievable aims agreed with the Head of Department, you will be confirmed in post.
Assistant Professor in Climate Science
Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Climate Science, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to these key principles as part of the assessment process.
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