Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
University of Glasgow, School of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Job Purpose


The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK's Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world's great broad-based research-intensive universities.


Applications for the post are welcome in any research areas in physical chemistry that complement the existing strengths within the School. The post-holder will develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in physical chemistry contribute to teaching, assessment, project supervision and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and participate in School management and organisation.


The School of Chemistry currently comprises 44 academic staff, around 50 postdoctoral researchers and research fellows, and around 120 PhD students. The successful applicant will join the thriving Chemical Photonics Research Group within the School and it is expected that the successful applicant’s research will strategically align with the Chemical Photonics Group (see https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/chemistry/research/cp/). Informal enquiries to Professor Graeme Cooke (graeme.cooke@glasgow.ac.uk) or Professor Malcolm Kadodwala (malcolm.kadodwala@glasgow.ac.uk).


Job Purpose


To carry out research and scholarship in physical chemistry, deliver an excellent student experience through teaching and assessment, and contribute to management and administration. At Grade 8 demonstrate leadership and contribute to academic and strategic management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


Perform the following range of activities:


1.            Develop, lead and sustain personal and group research aligned appropriately to School/College research strategy.


2.            Enhance your research profile, reputation and esteem through:


-              Establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high quality refereed journals, generating research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit;


-              Presentation at international and national conferences and at internal/external seminars, colloquia and workshops;


-              Identification of potential funding sources and the development of proposals to secure funding from internal/external bodies to support future research;


-              Developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the School/College/University and external Academic and Industrial Partners;


-              Contribution to team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.


3.            Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of high quality teaching, supervision and assessment activities across under/post-graduate programmes within the Subject/School.


4.            Contribute to the on-going development and design of under/post-graduate curricula, to ensure a research-led approach to student learning and assessment in the discipline and/or profession.


5.            Manage a variety of academic administrative activities, including timely delivery of effective and constructive feedback on assessment, and provision of pastoral support.


6.            Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as assigned by the Head of School.


7.            Engage in personal, professional and career development.


8.            Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World. http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/


For appointment at grade 8: Demonstrate enhanced leadership, academic responsibility and strategic management, particularly through internationally leading research, outputs and funding.


Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience





A1 Relevant PhD or equivalent experience within physical chemistry

A2 Significant breadth/depth of knowledge in physical chemistry

A3 A growing international reputation, evidenced by esteem indicators, in a field that matches or enhances existing activities within physical chemistry.





C1 Ability, drive and influence to develop an international research profile

C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate

C3 Excellent communication skills, with ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

C4 Excellent interpersonal skills and a collegiate approach

C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills

C7 Good team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills

C8 A strong commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching and proven ability to engage students to inspire learning, and to provide pastoral care to students


For appointment at Grade 8

C9 Excellent leadership skills, able to develop early career academic colleagues and manage a research team

C10 Excellent influencing and collaboration skills to facilitate shaping the research agenda of the academic community and funders

C11 Exceptional commitment to high quality teaching, enthusing students and inspiring learning





E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience including postdoctoral experience, appropriate to an early career researcher

E2 Evidence of a track record of presentations and publications

E3 Experience in undertaking independent research and contributing to successful funding applications

E4 Excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level


For appointment at Grade 8:

E6 Strong track record of undertaking research, publishing in high impact journals at national and international level, and in attracting external research funding

E7 Excellent track record of contribution to academic and administration activities in a research led institution


Job Features




For Lecturer:

Design and lecture on equivalent of 30 credits in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes; carry normal project supervision load.


Two 3* or more REF quality papers per annum (portfolio with minimum of four 3* papers in most recent 6 year period), with the potential that one or more could meet the 4* REF criteria


Apply for external research funding on average twice per year

PGR supervision equal to Russell Group median


Consistently hold a portfolio of funding as PI sufficient to support at least one PDRA

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7 & 8, £35,210 - £39,610 / £43,266 - £50,132 per annum.


This is a full time post with funding available for five years in the first instance.


The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide for you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.


Information on the programme can be found on our website at:



New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.


The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.


Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.


All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.


It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.


We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.


The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.


Vacancy Reference: 027218 Closing Date: 01 August 2019

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