May 2017

Lyell Centre appointments for research leaders and research fellows

HWU and the BGS have joined forces to create a new research centre for earth and marine science and technology.

Based at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus, The Lyell Centre will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders (NERC, SFC and HWU) The Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine and terrestrial ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering.

The Lyell Centre building project was completed in February 2016. HWU is now recruiting senior academics to build research teams that will realise the centre's vision and research strategy.

Together with our colleagues at the BGS, we aim to create a world-leading research cluster bringing together science and technology to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way.

The new fusion of pure and applied expertise between HWU and the BGS provides an opportunity to develop and use innovative methods and new technologies to create real-world solutions to address global challenges.

The Lyell Centre's research themes are clustered in two main areas: applied geoscience and ecosystems science. Within these areas, there are more specific themes for appointments that we intend to make. Details will be released as they become available. Informal enquiries prior to application are welcome.

New Lyell Fellowship Opportunities

To complement and further develop our teams we are inviting applications for Lyell Fellowship appointments in the areas of unconventional reservoir characterisation and subsurface risk assessment, carbon capture and storage, subsurface energy storage, environmental and petroleum geomicrobiology, soil biogeochemistry, extreme environments (terrestrial to deep sea, modern and past), environmental risks, water management, systems modelling (incl. ecosystem/biogeochemical/climate), bioinformatics/evolutionary genomics. Other areas relevant to the Lyell research mission will also be considered.

Successful applicants will join a vibrant research environment, with emerging clusters of excellence at the interface between Terrestrial and Marine Biogeochemistry/Microbiology, Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems, and Geo-Energy.

The successful candidate(s) will have a strong academic track record with evidence of initial research leadership, international standing, and an expressed strategy of how to develop the respective field or research. It is anticipated that appointment(s) will actively complement existing and create new synergies with teams at the Lyell Centre, the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES), the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and the British Geological Survey. Contribution to teaching and supervision of students is expected.

Applications are welcomed until 26 May 2017. Interviews will take place in June 2017.

For further information please contact: Prof Tom Wagner, Co-Director Lyell Centre.

Research leaders

We will announce other vacancies as they become available.

Position and grade Salary
Assistant professor, grade 7 £31,076 – £38,183
Assistant professor, grade 8 £39,324 – £46,924
Associate professor, grade 9 £48,327 – £55,998
Professor, grade 10 Minimum £57,674

PhD opportunities

We welcome applications for PhD projects. If you have a project idea then please contact the relevant member of staff. To be eligible, applicants should have a first-class honours degree or a 2.1 honours degree and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Relevant experience will also be taken in consideration. Applicants must be highly motivated with an interest aligned with the research of The Lyell Centre.

A limited number of scholarships are available from HWU. Scholarships will be awarded by competitive merit, taking into account the academic ability of the applicant.

Current funded opportunities:


HWU is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at HWU.

The Lyell Centre application process

HWU uses an online recruitment process called iRecruit for all academic and professional services vacancies.

The process for applicants involves registering on iRecruit and using the system to upload your CV, covering letter, and publications list. You should also include with your application a one-page statement of research interests that summarises how your current work will align with The Lyell Centre.

Your CV should include full details of your academic qualifications, your employment history, and your research grant income.

Once you have registered on iRecruit, our system will automatically generate an acknowledgement and you'll receive a short, system-generated email message. You'll be contacted if we need further information to assess your application.

All applications undergo an initial assessment by Human Resources to ensure that the candidate meets the essential (or minimum) criteria for the post applied for. The next step involves shortlisting by an interview panel. If you are shortlisted for interview you will receive a formal invitation to interview with all relevant details regarding interview presentation, campus tour, and any other arrangements or requirements. If you are not shortlisted, you will be contacted with an explanation of why your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Hannah Hendry, Recruitment Consultant.

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