Associate Professorship (or Professorship) of Climate and Earth Surface Processes

Department of Earth Sciences

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

We seek to appoint an Associate Professor of Climate and Earth Surface Processes no later than 31 July 2020. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Earth Sciences and will hold a Non-tutorial Fellowship at University College. The appointment will be initially for five years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the post holder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.


We welcome applications from scientists working in all quantitative aspects of climate science and Earth surface processes, in particular those focused on interactions between the fluid and solid components of Earth’s surface. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) greenhouse gas processes, causes and consequences of rising sea level, carbon cycling, land surface processes affecting climate, water–rock interactions, weathering, evolution of the cryosphere, and scientific questions surrounding the use of Earth resources for climate solutions. The appointee will apply innovative and/or advanced techniques to the study of this important zone at Earth’s surface in order to better understand its role in past, present and future environmental and climatic change. This post is advertised at the same time as a second Associate Professorship of Planetary Geology at St. Hughs College.


The successful applicant will be expected to engage in original research in the field of climate and/or Earth surface processes, and related subjects, secure research funding and engage in the management of research projects. They will also be expected to teach at undergraduate and graduate level including lectures, classes, demonstrations and project supervision. They will be expected to take part in University examining as and when requested to do so, and to participate in the administration of the department as and when requested by the Head of Department. The main duties of the college are to engage in advanced study and research, act as a College Adviser for graduate students and take part in the governance and administration of the College by participation in the Governing Body and other committees.


The successful candidate will have a doctorate in Earth Sciences, Physical Climate or a closely related subject; evidence of a substantial and realisable research plan; the ability to teach effectively at an undergraduate and graduate level including in the field; excellent interpersonal skills; and an ability to attract research funding and develop an independent programme of research. The appointee will be a Fellow of University College and will provide support to Earth Science Tutorial Fellows and students within the College.


Further details of the position and the application procedure is detailed within the further particulars. Enquiries about the application procedure should be addressed to the Department HR Manager, Emma Smith ( Enquiries about the post should be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor Chris Ballentine at or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 272938.


Combined University and College salary from £48,114 p.a. plus additional College pensionable benefits. An allowance of £2,804 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title.


The closing date for applications is mid-day on Thursday 9 January 2020. Interviews will be held on 27 and 28 February in Oxford.

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