Chancellor's Fellow - Extreme Conditions/Astrobiology

University of Edinburgh

Direct Entry Job Permanent Edinburgh, UK

Uploaded 17 Sep 2018

Job Description

Applications are invited from early career individuals of the highest potential and attainment who have begun to establish a reputation for the excellent and innovative research and teaching at the forefront of their discipline. Building on the outstanding successes of our previous tenure-track Chancellor’s Fellowship programmes and our world class research performance, the College of Science & Engineering is investing in a further cohort of 10 next generation research innovation leaders of the highest quality with a particular focus on Biotechnology; Living with Data; Extreme Conditions/Astrobiology; Energy; Materials and Manufacture; Risk and Resilience.

The Extreme Conditions theme is led by the School of Physics and Astronomy with appointments also possible in the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, and GeoSciences.

The Fellow will be able to concentrate on research and innovation in the first instance, acquiring the full duties of a University Lecturer (or a more senior academic position, where appropriate) across the period of the Fellowship (Approx. % of time)

Undertake world-leading research and innovation working closely with the private, public and third sector, with a focus on delivering high impact results (80% initially)

Training and contributions to academic-industry engagement and innovation (10%)

Training in and contributions to teaching/skilling and other teaching related to the Fellow’s discipline (10% initially)

Progressively to increase teaching and innovation components across 5 years.

Person Specification

Carry out world-leading research in areas relevant to the Fellow’s interests

  • PhD; evidence of very high quality research outputs at the forefront of the discipline (Essential)
  • Evidence of research independence appropriate for appointment to Grade 8 or above (Essential) 
  • Clear evidence of leadership of research or innovation projects (Desirable) 
  • Significant further research or innovation experience (Desirable)

Offer outstanding teaching within the discipline(s) relevant to the Fellow’s interests

  • Willingness to be trained in and undertake teaching, notably online or in blended formats and at scale (Essential) 
  • Understanding of how to develop and offer research-led teaching (Essential) 
  • University teaching experience including lectures, tutorials, MOOCs (Desirable)

Excellent engagement with innovation and industry in sector(s) relevant to the Fellow’s interests

  • Good understanding of the environment, interactions with industry or the public sector, evidence of innovation or the application of the candidate’s research (Essential)
  • Understanding of contemporary funding opportunities appropriate to the field (Essential)
  • Evidence of ability to win funding for research and/or innovation (Desirable)

Competence to undertake academic administration

  • Familiarity with elementary financial planning, appropriate administrative behaviour, etc. (Essential) 
  • Experience of academic administration (Desirable) 
  • Committed to working in a collaborative, inclusive and open environment, and to supporting others (students, research staff and colleagues), as well as oneself, to achieve (Essential) 
  • Excellent communication (including written and spoken English), presentation and organisational skills. (Essential) 
  • Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences. (Desirable) 
  • Relevant industrial experience. (Desirable)

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