Lecturer in Physical Geography

Egham, Surrey
07 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
09 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Geography 

Lecturer in Physical Geography (Quaternary Science)

Salary is in the range £41,458 to £49,059 per annum pro rata inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 8) 

Applications are invited for a permanent post at lecturer level in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London.  The successful applicant will join the Department’s Centre for Quaternary Research (CQR). We invite applicants, educated to PhD level, who demonstrate an excellent research profile, with a record or the potential to publish research in top-tier academic journals.  The successful applicant will be expected to attract PhD projects and research funding. The successful candidate will also have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  

Applicants with expertise in high-resolution proxy-based palaeoecological reconstruction are particularly encouraged, especially in those areas relevant to aquatic systems, abrupt climate change, (palaeo)biogeography and/or human-environment interactions. The successful candidate’s work will engage with and extend the work of the CQR.  This research centre, based in the Department of Geography, is one of the most significant clusters of expertise in Quaternary Science in the UK, and has played a leading role in shaping understanding of past climates and environments.  The CQR has a close working relationship with other universities and major research institutions, particularly the Natural History Museum.  The CQR has run a very successful MSc programme in Quaternary Science for over 20 years, and many major figures in the specialism have been trained at Royal Holloway.  The Department is part of the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, and is also eligible for AHRC funding for PhDs focused on archaeological research. 

This post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The successful applicant will join one of the UK’s strongest Geography Departments, with research specialisms in cultural and historical geography, development, environmental sustainability, geopolitics and Quaternary science.  It was ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and also has some of the best teaching ratings from students for any discipline (UK National Student Survey). The Department has a strong community ethos and commitment to engaged teaching, with a wide-ranging programme of fieldwork built into undergraduate teaching. The Department has excellent laboratory facilities including dedicated facilities for palaeoecology, thin section work, luminescence dating, tephrochronology and microscopy. It also has digital facilities for GIS and other forms of analysis and visualisation. 

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The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at: Informal enquiries can be made to the Director of the Centre for Quaternary Research, Professor Danielle Schreve at or the Head of Department, Professor Katie Willis at

Please quote the reference: 0217-073

Closing Date:  Midnight Sunday 9th April 2017

Interview Date: Friday 19th May 2017

The College is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.