Lecturer in Environmental Science and Sustainability

Cardiff University
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
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As part of an on-going programme of investment and development, the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EARTH), Cardiff University is seeking to a lecturer in the areas of Environmental Science and Sustainability.

The post-holder will develop and sustain an internationally recognised, externally funded, interdisciplinary research programme addressing (i) sustaining Earth’s resources / resource management (ii) climate change impacts and evidence-based responses and (iii) integrating methods of the natural and social sciences to assess the connections between the global environment and human activities. We are seeking candidates who complement our current research programme and who are able to integrate across existing areas of expertise. Current areas of research interest in the school at large include Earth surface processes, environmental remote sensing, marine science, climate/environmental change, palaeoclimate, hydrology and hydrogeology, high-latitude and montane environments, and environmental hazards. 

You should share our passion for high quality research-led teaching and facilitating learning involving fieldwork and problem-based approaches.  You will be able to contribute to the delivery of core and specialist modules within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in EARTH’s Environmental and Geographical Science area, as well as more broadly across the School. You will also supervise MSc and PhD thesis students. 

You will join our lively and dynamic School which is internationally recognised for its research and teaching. You will have an excellent academic research record, including quality peer-reviewed publications and the proven ability to secure external funding to support your research and ensure its impact beyond academia.

The School of Earth and Ocean Science is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.

These are full-time posts (35 hours per week), available immediately and open-ended.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6).

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Ian Hall, Head of School, Email: or Dr Jenny Pike, Deputy Head of School, Email:

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email:

More Information on the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences can be found at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-ocean-sciences

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.

Date advert posted: Friday, 8 November 2019

Closing date: Monday, 9 December 2019, interviews are likely to be held during the week commencing 13th January 2020.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Function 

To deliver high-quality and research-led teaching including the development, delivery and evaluation of modules/programmes in the area of Environmental Science and Sustainability, including methods of the natural and social sciences to assess the connections between the global environment and human activities including the at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. To contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals and pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise, as well as inspiring others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 



• To conduct research within Environmental Science and Sustainability and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.   

• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.

• To give conference/seminar papers at a local and national level.

• To participate in School research activities. 


• To design and deliver teaching programmes for courses and contribute to module development as part of a module team 

• To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking paper and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral care of students of Cardiff University 

• To inspire undergraduate and postgraduate students under the guidance of a mentor / module leader and develop skills in assessment methods and in providing constructive feedback to students.

• To supervise the work of students including the supervision of Undergraduate and Master’s students and the co-supervision of PGR’s

• To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students

• To contribute to and, participate in, the provision, teaching and support of fieldwork teaching.


• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.

• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance in the role of Lecturer.

• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world

• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of interdisciplinary research and/or relevant industrial experience within earth system sciences, environmental science and sustainability, specifically integrating methods of the natural and social sciences to assess the connections between the global environment and human activities


3. Teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level including fieldwork

4. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field

5. Proven ability to publish in national journals

6. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding

7. Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of modules across the Schools teaching programmes

Pastoral, Communication and Team Working

8. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication


9. The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor

Desirable Criteria 

10. Relevant professional qualification(s).


11. Evidence of collaborations with industry.


12. Proven ability to work without close supervision


13. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.


14. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School.


15. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

Additional Information

More Information on the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences can be found at: