Lecturer in Chemical Physics University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry United Kingdom



Lecturer in Chemical Physics

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Contact Person :

Professor Philip J Camp

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0131 650 4763

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We wish to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual of the highest calibre to a 1-year, fixed-term post of Lecturer in Chemical Physics to be held in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh for the 2018/19 academic year. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in chemistry or cognate discipline, and have relevant academic teaching experience. The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching of physical chemistry and chemical physics. In particular, the successful candidate will teach topics such as molecular structure and bonding, lead on honours-level teaching in chemical physics, and assist with supervision of final-year undergraduate project students. In addition, the successful candidate will carry out a normal share of general teaching duties in undergraduate tutorials and teaching laboratories, and take on some administrative responsibilities. Although this post does not provide support for independent research, there will be opportunities for collaborative research with existing groups in the School.

We expect the candidate to be in post no later than 1 August 2018.

Informal enquiries concerning the post can be made to the Head of School, Professor Colin Pulham (email: chemistry.hos@ed.ac.uk) or the Head of the Physical Chemistry Section, Professor Philip Camp (email: philip.camp@ed.ac.uk).

2. Job Purpose 
• To undertake teaching, training, programme management, pedagogical development, and related administrative roles within the School, in order to support its strategic goals and enhance the student experience. 
• To contribute to the academic development of the University. 
• To carry out collaborative research with existing groups in the School.

3. Main Responsibilities

1.     Teaching and Learning (Approx 60% of time) 
• To plan, prepare, and deliver effective teaching, supervision, and assessment of undergraduate students in the areas of physical chemistry and chemical physics. 
• To participate in the development of the curriculum and of teaching methods within the School of Chemistry. 
• To contribute to School committees and to take on management roles related to teaching.

2.     Academic Support and Professional Development (Approx 20% of time) 
• To contribute to projects, working groups and committees, etc., on behalf of the discipline and/or School. 
• To undertake activities in support of the School’s objectives, e.g., recruitment of students and staff, academic guidance and pastoral support, and course organisation. 
• To interact with the external community in academia, industry or elsewhere in order to contribute to educational, research, and professional developments within the chemical sciences.

3.     Other Academic Activities. (Approx 20% of time) 
• To carry out collaborative research with existing groups in the School. 
• To engage in relevant activities such as consultancy, public engagement, and other forms of knowledge transfer.

4. Planning and Organising 
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum. 
• Plan and organise overall delivery and assessment of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses. 
• Plan and organise own research activities. 
• Plan own time to balance requirement for teaching, research, and other activities.

5. Problem Solving 
• Resolve problems for individual and class students’ learning. 
• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems.

6. Decision Making 
• Decide how to control own operating budgets and timescales. 
• Decide which research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy and facilities.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships 
• The post-holder will be line-managed by the Head of the Physical Chemistry Section and will interact closely with an appropriate mentor. 
• The post-holder will interact with other academic staff within the School and College to ensure successful delivery of their teaching and research.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Knowledge, Experience and Attainment 
• A PhD in an appropriate discipline. 
• Knowledge and experience of current teaching and learning methods in higher education.

• Demonstrated ability to conduct, publish, and otherwise disseminate high-quality research in peer-reviewed journals.

Skills and Competencies Needed 
• Effective written and oral communication skills in a range of contexts (e.g., teaching, oral presentations, and publications). 
• Good communication and interpersonal skills. 
• Self-motivated, able to work independently and collaboratively 
• Able to plan and initiate activities and projects and develop self and others. 
• Ability to work in a flexible and pro-active manner. 
• Ability to engage with a range of teaching mediums including online and distance learning.

9. Job Context and any other relevant information 
This fixed-term post is available for a 12-month period from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019 to provide teaching cover for a member of academic staff on sabbatical leave. This post does not provide any support for independent research, but there will be opportunities for collaborative research with existing groups in the School. There is a requirement to be involved in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page via our Vacancy Website and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held in the week commencing 9th April 2018 You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not. 
The closing date is 5pm on Monday 26th February 2018

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).

You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).

Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria

Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £39,992 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.




The School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history. The first Chemistry Professor was appointed to the Chair in 1713 and the Edinburgh University student-led Chemical Society is regarded as the oldest chemical society in the world. The School is run as a single academic unit with approximately 50 academic staff, 40 professional support staff and 250 research students and post-doctoral workers and a first year intake of 135 Chemistry undergraduates. The School of Chemistry at Edinburgh holds a Gold Athena SWAN award, in recognition of excellence in science, engineering and technology employment in higher education relating to supporting women in Science.


Research and EaStCHEM


In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) ‘Power Table’, EaStCHEM, the joint research school of Edinburgh and St Andrews Chemistry departments, is ranked the 2nd best Chemistry Department in the UK, and 1st in Scotland. Overall, 95 % of our research is classed as world leading or internationally excellent and the EaStCHEM research School has grown to over 80 academics (99% of which were submitted to REF), a testament to both the breadth and strength of our research. More specifically, 100 % of our research environment, which includes factors such as our facilities, grant income, and awards and prizes, is rated as 4* or 3*, and more than 95 % of our research papers submitted for the exercise have been rated as 4* or 3*.


Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh has over £34M of current research grants, and has an international research reputation with many of our staff holding prestigious national and international awards. This world-class centre for chemistry has four research groupings: the Chemistry/Biology Interface; Experimental and Theoretical Chemical Physics; Molecular Synthetic Chemistry; and Materials Chemistry. Many academics are involved in more than one research area, and this breadth of activity is exemplified by our research collaborations with our EaStCHEM partner across a variety of disciplines.


We have world class facilities across the breadth of Chemistry with ready access for all researchers. The provision of an excellent equipment base and service infrastructure underpins all of the research within EaStCHEM, and our core strategy is to ensure the complementarity and synergy between the EaStCHEM partners. Each has a suite of analytical equipment that can be regarded as essential infrastructure for every top-class Chemistry Research School and dedicated scientific support. These facilities include recently refurbished laboratories, a full suite of high- and low-field NMR instrumentation, mass spectrometry, single crystal and powder X-ray crystallography, magnetometry, EPR spectroscopy, surface science, thermal analysis and porosimetry, optical spectroscopy, high pressure facilities, fermentation suite, DNA synthesis, protein purification and biophysical facilities, and the EaStCHEM Research Computing Facility. These are coupled with specialised units where cutting-edge characterisation work is led by world-leading scientists. We also work with developers of national facilities in the UK (Diamond, RAL), Europe (ESRF, ILL), USA (ALS, APS, Oak Ridge, NIST) and further afield in, for example, Australia (ANSTO) and Japan (Spring-8).

We also have dedicated in-house business development executives that manage a large portfolio of research and consultancy projects involving industrial partners, and who offer a variety of services from analysis, consultancy, collaborative research, KTP and R&D support to Industrial sponsored projects. Our research staff work closely with the BDEs and with the local University Commercialisation Offices to ensure that industrial engagement activities and IP development opportunities are maximised.

College of Science and Engineering (http://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering)
The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the largest and highest-ranked science and engineering groupings in the UK. Headed by Professor Dave Robertson, CSE comprises seven Schools (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy). Informatics is located in the University’s Central Area near George Square, with the other six 2 miles further south at the King’s Buildings. The College has over 3,000 academic and support staff, and educates some 6,000 undergraduates, over 1000 taught postgraduates and more than 2,000 research students. It is in the front rank of UK university science and engineering groupings for research quality and income, and is a key player in many European and international research collaborations.


Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014


In the 2014 REF over 95% of our staff were submitted. Of our seven submissions, four of which were as a joint research school in combination with a strategic research university partner through pooling, 3 were ranked top in the UK and all 7 were in the top 5 in their discipline in the Times Higher Power rankings.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do. 

The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.


As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.


The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


University Family Friendly Initiatives

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.


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