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AXA Chair in Volcanology

University of Bristol - Faculty of Science

Location: Bristol
Salary: Competitive Salary Plus Benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 21st December 2021
Closes: 21st February 2022
Job Ref: ACAD105704

The role 

The University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences seeks an outstanding volcanologist for a prestigious appointment as the AXA Endowed Chair in Volcanology. We welcome applications from across the discipline of volcanology, from subvolcanic crustal processes to emissions into the atmosphere, and encompassing interdisciplinary connections with fields such as tectonics, geophysics, volcanic hazards, remote-sensing, petrology, mineral resources, geothermal energy and risk assessment. 

The Volcanology Group leads in research using a combination of field studies, geophysics, physical experiments and numerical models to understand the processes that control magmatic systems and volcanic eruptions and to develop methods of hazard and risk assessment. Our research has been included in major policy statements by the United Nations and NATO and has had significant economic impacts for multinationals in aviation, mining and insurance. To support this research, the Volcanology Group has access to a suite of world-class laboratory facilities and equipment for geological and geophysical field work. 

What will you be doing? 

The successful candidate will conduct world-class, innovative research that complements and extends the research portfolio of the existing Volcanology Group and the broader School. A track record of research excellence and obtaining external funding are essential. 

The post holder will also be enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of volcanology with undergraduate and MSc students and will have a strong commitment to classroom teaching. We offer undergraduate BSc and MSci degree programmes in Geology, Geophysics, Environmental Geoscience, and Palaeontology and Evolution (~80 students per year total). The School also has two postgraduate taught MSc programmes including one in Volcanology, in addition to a vibrant cohort of postgraduate research students (~100 total). 

You should apply if 

You... 

  • have a proven track record of research excellence 
  • are a leader in your field with a strong funding record 
  • are ready to teach volcanology in the classroom and the field 
  • are an excellent teacher with a strong commitment to improving the student experience 
  • have a record in undertaking administrative roles effectively 
  • are committed to fostering equity, diversity and inclusivity in the Earth Sciences 
  • are committed to collegiality with all staff and students 
  • have the ability to make interdisciplinary connections between volcanology and other fields such as tectonics, geophysics, remote-sensing, petrology, mineral resources, geothermal systems and climate change 
  • want to engage and collaborate with existing members of the Volcanology Group, the School of Earth Sciences, and the wider University. 

The School is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Information on our policies and strategy is available on our website, and we strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds, especially those historically underrepresented in academia. We are committed to providing mentorship and a collegial and inclusive working environment for staff and have a proactive EDI committee with broad representation across the School.  

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Rich Pancost, Head of the School of Earth Sciences and Lead Recruiter via R.D.Pancost@bristol.ac.uk, Jane Church, School Manager for Earth Sciences via Jane.Coles@bristol.ac.uk, or Professor Matthew Watson, Professor of Volcanoes and Climate, Head of Group, School of Earth Sciences via matt.watson@bristol.ac.uk.  

School of Earth Sciences: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/ 

Volcanology Group: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/research/volcanology/ 

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 21st February 2022. 

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us. 

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