• Full Time
  • Edinburgh
  • 12 March 2021

Website Heriot Watt University Lyell Centre

Position TitleBRL Professors, Lyell Centre
LocationEdinburgh, GB
Organisation NameThe Lyell Centre
About Heriot-Watt University
Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland’s most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team
We wish to continue the growth of our expertise in Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science through a further series of professorial appointments in the following areas. The successful candidates will join our dynamic Lyell Centre Team and to contribute to its strategic vision to become a world leading research Centre in earth and marine science.

We are particularly interested in appointing in the following areas:

• Pelagic Ecology,
• Volcanic Systems (with an interest in geothermal research),
• Environmental Engineering.

The successful candidates will be acknowledged  researchers in these fields of science as evidenced by an excellent track record in publication, PhD student supervision and securing external research funding. They will demonstrate the potential to work collaboratively with our Lyell Centre partners the British Geological Survey, and to collaborate across the wider portfolio of global expertise in the University.

Detailed Description
The aim of these positions is to  lead the development of new, effective, and sustainable collaborations between BGS and the University in geoscience, to work in an inter-disciplinary manner across the wider University, including its overseas campuses where appropriate. To promote and enhance the international and national reputation of the Lyell Centre.

The Professor of Pelagic Ecology will complement and link our existing expertise in surface waters phytoplankton oceanography and deep-sea ecology, and preferably will have interests in understanding the flow of carbon from the sea surface to the seabed. Candidates that use marine technologies as a core source of acquiring data should consider how they could  collaborate on the underwater robotics expertise at the University as a potential line of research interest. An ability to work with colleagues working on sustainable seafood and marine conservation issues is desirable.

The Professor of Volcanic Systems will add to our existing knowledge on the physical properties of rocks and will focus on high-temperature systems that complement research in natural hazard and risk in Heriot-Watt and in the British Geological Survey (BGS) through the Lyell Centre. They will have an international profile in the understanding of magmatic processes and how they impact on humanity. They will have interests in understanding how magmas crystallise, de-gas and fragment in a near surface environment and how they react with the surrounding rocks. Research will focus on high-temperature processes on Earth and how energy might be harnessed such that excess heat can be used in innovation. Candidates should have experience in experimentation and associated modelling. An ability to collaborate with colleagues across the University and in the Institute of Geoenergy Engineering (IGE) and in the BGS on issues of energy systems, risk and natural hazard is desirable.

The Professor of Environmental Engineering will have internationally recognised expertise in understanding the interplay between climate-change variable and how these impacts upon soil erosion processes in catchment areas, and the consequences for crop production and sediment transport processes. Candidates will have an extensive background in modelling and observational experimentation/measurement, and a track record of using sensor technologies to understand soil/water interactions. Candidates will show a clear linkage of their research to existing staff within the Lyell Centre, British Geological Survey and disciplines such as hydrology and engineering.

Key duties and responsibilities
The appointees will:

• Set-up and manage vibrant and collaborative research activities at the Lyell Centre that leverages existing expertise at BGS and HWU that results in world-class research outcomes and enhances the international reputation of the Centre;
• Actively pursue large-scale research funding in collaboration with the BGS and relevant University staff, for example through the development of new joint industry projects and/or the submission of high-quality grant proposals to national and international research funders;
• Enable and promote the development of new collaborations between BGS and the University by taking a leading role in large-scale national and international research activities, for example the Icelandic Deep Drilling project and overseas development geothermal projects;
• Publicise research through high-quality journal and conference papers, jointly with other colleagues from BGS and the University;
• contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the University through the delivery of lectures and tutorials, as well as setting and marking examinations and coursework;
• Represent the University with integrity in a professional capacity at conferences, with industrial partners, in professional societies, in relevant external bodies, etc.;
• Work with industry and related external bodies to expand existing industry-facing networks at the University to the area of geoscience;
• Support the Lyell Centre management team;
• Establish joint PhD research projects between BGS and the University, including the joint supervision of the PhD students;
• Mentor and coach research associates, junior academics and other research staff at the University and BGS.

Education, qualifications and experience
Specific success criteria includes:

• Enhanced output and impact of jointly authored, peer reviewed papers;
• Enhanced grant winning performance;
• Access to and established relationships with links to joint facilities/equipment     pools/technologies;
• New or enhanced income through original  applications of joint research;
• New UK and international collaborative opportunities building on the current     consortia leadership or memberships;
• BRL Demonstration of ‘line of sight’ links between excellent science and   societal application, raising joint performance in external evaluations of     excellence and impact;
• New exchanges of staff between sites and research teams;
• Can demonstrate successful bids in joint applications for studentships, and     joint supervision of MSc and PhDs.


How To Apply
Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 12 March 2021.

Please submit the following with your application:
(1) Cover letter describing your interest and suitability for the post;
(2) Full CV
(3) Research and teaching plans
(4) List of Publications.

Informal enquiries may be made to Tracy Shimmield (Director of the Lyell Centre), T.Shimmield@hw.ac.uk.

Please contact Yvonne Constantino, y.constantino@hw.uk if have any issues with applying on the system.

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