Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Nanoscience

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Salary: £39,993 - £74,259 (Lecturer salary from £39,993 - £47,722 a year with potential progression (to £53,690 a year)). (Senior Lecturer/Reader salary from £49,148 - £56,950 a year with potential progression (to £74,259 a year)).

The University of Birmingham is continuing to make strategic investments across its research base in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. As part of a significant investment in Environmental Sciences / Geography staffing, we are now seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Environmental Nanoscience.

Our current activity spans analytical and experimental nanoscience, with a range of environmental and biological applications; an important focus for this research is to underpin the safety assessment of engineered nanomaterials. Our internationally leading environmental nanoscience research group exploits a range of cutting edge analytical facilities, including through the Facility for Environmental Nanoscience Analysis and Characterisation, FENAC (based at Birmingham); staff also collaborate closely with researchers in Biosciences, Chemistry and Materials Science.  Support for the group has recently been strengthened through additional technical staffing appointments, and will further benefit from a major University capital investment in a new Molecular Sciences research laboratory building in the near future. For further details, please see: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/environmental-health/index.aspx

We seek to grow our Nanoscience research strength and encourage applications which will complement our strengths in experimental measurements through an appointment in one of the following areas:

(a) Computational nanoscience. We seek to encourage applicants able to deploy approaches to develop predictive capacity in assessing nanomaterial toxicity and the environmental behaviour and fate of nanomaterials. The successful candidate should have worked on techniques such as quantitative structure–activity relationships for nanomaterials, ab initio simulations, machine learning and/or development and analysis of large scale datasets. 

(b) Environmental applications of nanomaterials. These might include areas such as nanoscale processes in waste treatment and management, water treatment, metal cycling in natural and/or engineered systems, circular economy and nano-waste recovery, or applications of informatics for materials modelling, pilot lines or other industrially relevant processes, where there is potential for industrial / business application.

Applicants for this post must demonstrate (or show potential for) international excellence in their research area. Evidence of a track record in publishing work of the highest academic quality and impact is essential, alongside track record of / potential for obtaining external research funding. Willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries within the School and College is strongly encouraged, and applicants must have a commitment to delivering excellent research-informed teaching and learning, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and communicating the relevance and impact of their research to stakeholders. 

Candidates are encouraged to address informal enquiries to Professor William Bloss (Head of School; w.j.bloss@bham.ac.uk), Professor Roy Harrison (Research Theme Lead; r.m.harrison@bham.ac.uk), or Professor Eva Valsami-Jones (Nanoscience group lead; e.valsamijones@bham.ac.uk) ahead of formal application.

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/jobs

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