Lecturer in Physical Geography (Education)

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£38,826 to £45,649 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
06 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
23 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Maternity Cover
Full Time

Job description

The Department of Geography, King’s College London, seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Physical Geography focusing on natural and/or environmental hazards, particularly those using spatial (e.g., GIS) and/or statistical modelling of hazards and use of blended sources of evidence. Applicants with an ability to engage in interdisciplinary research with other research groups in the department are preferred. The appointed candidate will teach in these and related areas across undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The Lecturer will contribute to teaching, supervision and marking as well as academic and pastoral support of undergraduate and postgraduate students. They will be responsible for the delivery of  teaching to  in-person and online student cohorts. They will also pursue opportunities for conducting high-quality research in their field and will receive mentoring and support to develop their skills and experience in education, academic administration, and research.

The appointment is to the Academic Education Pathway (AEP), which is focused on the delivery of education, education-related scholarship, and leadership in education. Indicatively 80% of a staff member’s activities will be accounted for by a combination of teaching, supervision, student support, educational leadership and innovation, and administration; the remaining 20% will be dedicated to scholarship. Staff on the AEP are not contractually obliged to carry out research and will not have significant responsibility for research. 

This post is for one year, fixed-term (maternity replacement), and will report to the Deputy Head of Department of Geography.

At King’s, we are deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the university is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. King’s offers inclusive benefits to staff including flexible working, Enhanced Parental Leave, funds for Parents and Carers and the potential to join community staff networks. The Department of Geography is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all our students, staff and visitors. We hold   Bronze Athena SWAN certification and King’s was awarded a Race Equality Charter Bronze Mark in 2020. Our policies align with the College’s equalities policies, including efforts to build an anti-racist university as outlined in the King’s Race Equality Action Plan 2020-2024 . We are committed to encouraging further growth from diverse groups, and we welcome applications from people of all abilities and currently under-represented groups, which we are able to support with our range of flexible and inclusive benefits. We currently have an underrepresentation from women, BAME, disabilities and LGBTQ communities. As such, we particularly welcome applicants from these groups.


This post will be offered a full-time, fixed term contract for 12 months. (Maternity Cover).


Key responsibilities

  • To develop teaching materials suitable for delivery online and in-person (blended teaching)
  • To teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students: in class, online, in computing laboratories and in the field as necessary
  • To provide personal and academic tutorial delivery for all stages of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes for in-person and online cohorts
  • To undertake departmental administrative roles as appropriate for career stage
  • To undertake other reasonable academic duties at the request of the Head of Department

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.


Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

1.       PhD awarded in Physical Geography or a relevant interdisciplinary field (awarded before starting the post)

2.       Excellent knowledge and understanding of the specified fields of expertise

3.       Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills

4.       Excellent administrative and organisational skills

5.       The ability to design and deliver lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials in the specified fields of expertise

6.       Experience of teaching the specified and associated subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with evidence of innovative and effective teaching and ability to engage and inspire students of diverse and international backgrounds

7.       An interdisciplinary mindset in education and research, and aptitude for working within an interdisciplinary framework, including teaching across disciplines and beyond the immediate field of expertise

8.       A demonstrable commitment to an inclusive, diverse and collegial approach to education and research.


Desirable criteria

1.       Completion of appropriate training in Higher Education teaching and learning/academic practice. Those without this will need to complete this in their first year in post.

2.       A demonstrable commitment to Open Research principles

3.       Completion of appropriate training in equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusion. Those without this will need to complete this in their first year in post.

4.       Experience of assessment procedures in Higher Education and providing excellent feedback on assessment

5.       Experience of academic administration

6.       Experience of providing academic advice and pastoral support to students


Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview, which will start with a two-minute presentation (2 slides) on their approaches to teaching and research.