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Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change


Imperial College Initiative in the Physics and Biology of Environmental Change


Spearheaded by the creation of 4 posts in the Departments of Physics and Life Sciences:


Chair in Climate Physics/Director of Earth Observation and Climate Processes

Chair in Environmental Change Biology

Lecturer in Earth Observation and Climate Physics

Lecturer in Environmental Biology



Overview




The Earth's environment is under constant change, due to both natural causes and impacts of human activity. These changes affect the balance of the planet as a whole, with a diverse range of regional influences and implications. The subject is intrinsically multi-disciplinary. Monitoring climate change and projecting into the future requires high-quality data from both terrestrial and space-borne observatories, coupled with sophisticated modelling. Assessing the impact of environmental change on biological systems, and evaluating feedback to environments caused by changes in the biosphere, requires understanding of the Earth's ecosystems.


Accordingly, Imperial College has established a multi-disciplinary initiative in Environmental Change that involves the establishment of two new Chairs and two lectureships in the Faculty of Natural Sciences (Departments of Physics and Life Sciences) together with the joint participation of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change based in the College. The Initiative is an important aspect of the development of a coherent College post-graduate programme in the environment and environmental change. In brief:


The ^ Chair in Climate Physics/Director of Earth Observation and Climate Processes in the Department of Physics is initially a joint appointment with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change. The post-holder will be a leader in physics-based activities in climate across the College, establish new initiatives, and be responsible for leading existing and/or new Earth Observation programmes. Reference Number NS 2011 115 JH.


The Chair in Environmental Change Biology in the Department of Life Sciences will lead College activities on the interactions between biological processes and environmental change, and establish a new programme of activities focused on solving environmental challenges. Reference Number NS 2011 116 JT.


The ^ Lecturer in Earth Observation and Climate Physics in the Department of Physics will complement climate and atmospheric physics activities within the Department and have opportunities for multi-disciplinary research across the College. Reference Number NS 2011 117 JH.


The Lecturer in Environmental Biology in the Department of Life Sciences will complement biological and ecological research within the Department and have opportunities for multi-disciplinary research across the College. Reference Number NS 2011 118 JT.

The sections below describe the four posts, the College, the Faculty, the Departments and the Institutes involved.


^ Closing dates: Applications received on or before 19 September 2011 will be processed for shortlisting. All posts will remain open until filled.


Further Particulars


Imperial College Initiative in the Physics and Biology of Environmental Change



  1. Chair in Climate Physics/Director of Earth Observation and Climate Processes

  2. Chair in Environmental Change Biology

  3. Lecturer in Earth Observation and Climate Physics

  4. Lecturer in Environmental Biology

  5. The College

  6. The Faculty of Natural Sciences

  7. The Department of Physics

  8. The Department of Life Sciences

  9. The Grantham Institute for Climate Change

  10. The Space and Atmospheric Physics Group

  11. The Ecology and Evolution Section

  12. Salary and Conditions of Service

  13. Applications

  1. Chair of Climate Physics/Director of Earth Observation and Climate Processes




This is a permanent appointment at Professorial Level, based in the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics. For at least an initial 5 year period the post-holder will also be the Director of Earth Observation and Climate Processes in the Grantham Institute for Climate Change.


^ Job Title: Chair of Climate Physics in the Department of Physics and Director of Earth Observation and Climate Processes in the Grantham Institute for Climate Change



Grade: Level E in the Academic and Research Job Family


Reporting to: Head of SPAT Research Group (Professor SJ Schwartz) and the Director of The Grantham Institute for Climate Change (Professor Sir Brian Hoskins)


^ Summary of the Post

Further developing and promoting the College's work in understanding climate change and the response of the Earth system to such change. The goal is to improve fundamental scientific understanding of key processes and to support improved modeling of both the climate system and potential climate impacts. Earth Observation is also likely to be vital in establishing global monitoring and management systems in a variety of areas such as emissions verification, monitoring of forest carbon stocks and flood and drought risk management systems.


The successful candidate would be expected to play active roles in the further development of the EO programme within the Department of Physics, of the Grantham Institute, and of the European-sponsored Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in Climate.


^ Key Responsibilities:

i) Research Programme

As a Professorial Chair the successful candidate will be required to manage his/her own innovative research programme of international quality in areas of Climate Physics and/or Earth Observation that would enhance and complement existing activities within the Department of Physics and the Grantham Institute. He or she will be required to raise financial support for his or her research and to disseminate the results internationally via publications in top quality journals and presentations at major scientific meetings. He or she will be required to provide encouragement and guidance to junior research staff to do the same.


ii) Administration

The appointee will be expected to undertake appropriate administrative tasks in accordance with the needs of the Department and Institute. He or she will participate in the internal life of the Department and Institute, and enhance their external reputations.


iii) Teaching

The appointee will have the enthusiasm for developing new teaching activities including projects and courses, and will also contribute to teaching at undergraduate level. The appointee will be expected to contribute to the assurance and enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning and research within the Department and Institute, in line with College standards and undertake whatever training may be required to meet the College’s educational standards. The appointee will also participate in the development of a coherent College post-graduate programme in the environment and environmental change.


The balance across the responsibilities in research, administration, and teaching will reflect the joint nature of the appointment between the Department of Physics and the Grantham Institute, and will be reviewed towards the end of the initial 5 year period.


^ Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:


Research

  1. an international reputation for research and innovation in Earth Observation and/or Climate Physics, underpinned by a record of first-class journal publication.

  2. the potential to raise significant external research funding required from UK and EU sources to maintain and enhance the College's leading research activities in Earth Observation and Climate Change.



Teaching experience

  1. extensive previous experience of university teaching at undergraduate and masters level and a record of successful postgraduate student supervision.




Management skills

  1. experience of leadership of research teams.

  2. experience in financial management, management of staff and institutional promotion, promoting the profile of their research both internally and externally.

  3. evidence of creating and managing effective and valuable partnerships, e.g. between companies and universities, and between research sponsors and research providers.



Personal attributes

  1. the understanding and vision required to contribute to the setting and delivery of strategic goals.

  2. a personal commitment to the vision and values of the College, including high quality teaching and research.

  3. excellent interpersonal and communications skills.




Qualifications

  1. a good honours degree and a doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area




Candidates are required to be

  1. able and willing to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively.

  2. able to present material in an enthusiastic and motivating way.

  3. fully aware of the key issues in the area of Earth Observation and Climate Change

  4. in possession of the skills, both theoretical and experimental/observational, to investigate these.

  5. able to demonstrate the vision and imagination to take forward research in this field.

  6. able and willing to seek external funding, from Research Councils, Government, EU and Industry, with the help, advice and support of the Department and Institute.




The postholder is expected to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, for example, Health and Safety, financial regulations, data protection, etc.


Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, equal treatment and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in the Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Disability Policy, Gender Equality Policy, and all other relevant guidance and good practice frameworks.




  1. ^ Chair in Environmental Change Biology




This is a permanent appointment at Professorial Level, based in the Department of Life Sciences at the Silwood Park Campus.


Job Title: Chair in Environmental Change Biology in the Department of Life Sciences



^ Grade: Level E in the Academic and Research Job Family


Reporting to: Head of Ecology and Evolution (Professor A Burt)


Summary of the Post

Further developing and promoting the College's work in environmental change biology. The goal is to improve scientific understanding of how biological and ecological processes interact with environmental change. The work should connect fundamental science on biological processes with the applications of that knowledge to environmental challenges.


The successful candidate would be expected to play active roles in the further development of College activities in environmental change, and to establish links with the Grantham Institute, the European-sponsored Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in Climate, and the Department of Physics.


^ Key Responsibilities:

i) Research Programme

As a Professorial Chair the successful candidate will be required to manage his/her own innovative research programme of international quality on the link between biological processes and environmental change that would both expand on and complement existing activities within the Department of Life Sciences. The research will focus on solving environmental challenges. He or she will be required to raise financial support for his or her research and to disseminate the results internationally via publications in top quality journals and presentations at major scientific meetings. He or she will be required to provide encouragement and guidance to junior research staff to do the same.


ii) Administration

The appointee will be expected to undertake appropriate administrative tasks in accordance with the needs of the Department. He or she will participate in the internal life of the Department, and enhance its external reputations.


iii) Teaching

The appointee will have the enthusiasm for developing new teaching activities including projects and courses, and will also contribute to teaching at undergraduate level. The appointee will be expected to contribute to the assurance and enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning and research within the Department and Institute, in line with College standards and undertake whatever training may be required to meet the College’s educational standards. The appointee will also participate in the development of a coherent College post-graduate programme in the environment and environmental change.


^ Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

Research

  1. an international reputation for research and innovation in the link between biological processes and environmental change, underpinned by a record of first-class journal publication.

  2. the potential to raise significant external research funding required from UK and EU sources to maintain and enhance the College's leading research activities in Environmental Change.



Teaching experience

  1. extensive previous experience of university teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and a record of successful postgraduate student supervision.




Management skills

  1. experience of leadership of research teams.

  2. experience in financial management, management of staff and institutional promotion, promoting the profile of their research both internally and externally.

  3. evidence of creating and managing effective and valuable partnerships, e.g. between companies and universities, and between research sponsors and research providers.



Personal attributes

  1. the understanding and vision required to contribute to the setting and delivery of strategic goals.

  2. a personal commitment to the vision and values of the College, including high quality teaching and research.

  3. excellent interpersonal and communications skills.




Qualifications

  1. a good honours degree and a doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area




Candidates are required to be

  1. able and willing to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively.

  2. able to present material in an enthusiastic and motivating way.

  3. fully aware of the key issues in the area of Environmental Change

  4. in possession of the skills, both theoretical and experimental/observational, to investigate these.

  5. able to demonstrate the vision and imagination to take forward research in this field.

  6. able and willing to seek external funding, from Research Councils, Government, EU and Industry, with the help, advice and support of the Department.




The postholder is expected to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, for example, Health and Safety, financial regulations, data protection, etc.


Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, equal treatment and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in the Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Disability Policy, Gender Equality Policy, and all other relevant guidance and good practice frameworks.




  1. ^ Lecturer in Earth Observation and Climate Physics




This is a permanent appointment at Lecturer Level, based in the Department of Physics


Job Title: Lecturer in Earth Observation and Climate Physics



Grade: Level C in the Academic and Research Job Family


Reporting to: Head of SPAT Research Group (Prof SJ Schwartz)


^ Summary of the Post

Further developing and promoting the College's work in Earth Observation and Climate Physics. The goal is to improve fundamental scientific understanding of key processes and to support improved modeling of both the climate system and potential climate impacts. Earth Observation is also likely to be vital in establishing global monitoring and management systems in a variety of areas such as emissions verification, monitoring of forest carbon stocks and flood and drought risk management systems.


The successful candidate would be expected to identify opportunities Environmental Change. In particular, he or she will develop linkages with the Department of Life Sciences and the Grantham Institute, and will form part of the European-sponsored Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in Climate and of the EO programme within the Department of Physics.


^ Key Responsibilities:

i) Research Programme

As a Lecturer the successful candidate will be required to manage his/her own innovative research programme of international quality in areas of Climate Physics and/or Earth Observation that would enhance and complement existing activities within the Department of Physics and the Grantham Institute. He or she will be required to raise financial support for his or her research and to disseminate the results internationally via publications in top quality journals and presentations at major scientific meetings. He or she will be required to provide encouragement and guidance to junior research staff to do the same.


ii) Administration

The appointee will be expected to undertake appropriate administrative tasks in accordance with the needs of the Department and Institute. He or she will participate in the internal life of the Department, and enhance their external reputations.


iii) Teaching

The appointee will have the enthusiasm for developing new teaching activities including projects and courses, and will also contribute to teaching at undergraduate level. The appointee will be expected to contribute to the assurance and enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning and research within the Department and Institute, in line with College standards and undertake whatever training may be required to meet the College’s educational standards. The appointee will also participate in the development of a coherent College post-graduate programme in the environment and environmental change.


^ Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:


Research

  1. a growing international reputation for research and innovation in Earth Observation and/or Climate Physics, underpinned by a record of first-class journal publication.

  2. the potential to raise significant external research funding required from UK and EU sources to maintain and enhance the College's leading research activities in Earth Observation and Climate Change.

Teaching experience

  1. previous experience of university teaching at undergraduate and masters level

  2. a record of successful postgraduate student supervision is desirable.




Management skills

  1. Ability to lead a research team.

  2. Ability in financial management, management of staff and institutional promotion, promoting the profile of their research both internally and externally.

  3. Ability of creating and managing effective and valuable partnerships, e.g. between companies and universities, and between research sponsors and research providers.

Personal attributes

  1. the understanding and vision required to contribute to the setting and delivery of strategic goals.

  2. A personal commitment to the vision and values of the College, including high quality teaching and research.

  3. excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Qualifications

  1. a good honours degree and a doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area

Candidates are required to be

  1. able and willing to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively.

  2. able to present material in an enthusiastic and motivating way.

  3. fully aware of the key issues in the area of Earth Observation and Climate Change

  4. in possession of the skills, both theoretical and experimental/observational, to investigate these.

  5. able to demonstrate the vision and imagination to take forward research in this field.

  6. able and willing to seek external funding, from Research Councils, Government, EU and Industry, with the help, advice and support of the Department and Institute.

The postholder is expected to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, for example, Health and Safety, financial regulations, data protection, etc.


Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, equal treatment and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in the Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Disability Policy, Gender Equality Policy, and all other relevant guidance and good practice frameworks.




  1. ^ Lecturer in Environmental Biology




This is a permanent appointment at Lecturer Level, based in the Department of Life Sciences at the Silwood Park Campus.


Job Title: Lecturer in Environmental Biology



Grade: Level C in the Academic and Research Job Family


Reporting to: Head of Ecology and Evolution (Prof A Burt)


^ Summary of the Post

Further developing and promoting the College's work in Environmental Biology. The goal is to improve fundamental scientific understanding of how biological and ecological processes interact with environmental change. Your work should connect fundamental science on underlying biological processes with the applications of that knowledge to environmental challenges.


The successful candidate would be expected to identify opportunities in Environmental Biology. In particular, he or she will develop linkages with the Department of Physics and the Grantham Institute, and will form part of the European-sponsored Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in Climate.


^ Key Responsibilities:

i) Research Programme

As a Lecturer the successful candidate will be required to manage his/her own innovative research programme of international quality in areas of Environmental Biology that would expand on and complement existing activities within the Department of Life Sciences. The research will focus on solving environmental challenges. It could belong to a range of disciplines, from environmental genomics to community or ecosystem ecology, and focus on microbes, plants, animals or whole ecosystems. He or she will be required to raise financial support for his or her research and to disseminate the results internationally via publications in top quality journals and presentations at major scientific meetings. He or she will be required to provide encouragement and guidance to junior research staff to do the same.


ii) Administration

The appointee will be expected to undertake appropriate administrative tasks in accordance with the needs of the Department. He or she will participate in the internal life of the Department, and enhance their external reputations.


iii) Teaching

The appointee will have the enthusiasm for developing new teaching activities including projects and courses, and will also contribute to teaching at undergraduate level. The appointee will be expected to contribute to the assurance and enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning and research within the Department and Institute, in line with College standards and undertake whatever training may be required to meet the College’s educational standards. The appointee will also participate in the development of a coherent College post-graduate programme in the environment and environmental change.


^ Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:


Research

  1. a growing international reputation for research and innovation in Environmental Biology, underpinned by a record of first-class journal publication.

  2. the potential to raise significant external research funding required from UK and EU sources to maintain and enhance the College's leading research activities in Environmental Biology.



Teaching experience

  1. previous experience of university teaching at undergraduate and masters level

  2. a record of successful postgraduate student supervision is desirable.




Management skills

  1. ability to lead a research team.

  2. ability in financial management, management of staff and institutional promotion, promoting the profile of their research both internally and externally.

  3. ability of creating and managing effective and valuable partnerships, e.g. between companies and universities, and between research sponsors and research providers.



Personal attributes

  1. the understanding and vision required to contribute to the setting and delivery of strategic goals.

  2. a personal commitment to the vision and values of the College, including high quality teaching and research.

  3. excellent interpersonal and communications skills.




Qualifications

  1. a good honours degree and a doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area




Candidates are required to be

  1. able and willing to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively.

  2. able to present material in an enthusiastic and motivating way.

  3. fully aware of the key issues in the area of Environmental Biology

  4. in possession of the skills, both theoretical and experimental/observational, to investigate these.

  5. able to demonstrate the vision and imagination to take forward research in this field.

  6. able and willing to seek external funding, from Research Councils, Government, EU and Industry, with the help, advice and support of the Department and Institute.



The postholder is expected to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, for example, Health and Safety, financial regulations, data protection, etc.


Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, equal treatment and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in the Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Disability Policy, Gender Equality Policy, and all other relevant guidance and good practice frameworks.



  1. ^ The College




General Information

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The Rector, Sir Keith O’Nions FRS, is the College’s academic head and chief executive officer. The Chairman of the Court and Council is Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller.


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