Roles & how to apply

Application information and deadline.

Application information

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Physics, Astronomy or a related discipline and present clear evidence of their potential to undertake leading research in collaboration with industrial partners. The selection criteria will reflect this and involve the individual’s scientific excellence, their capacity to contribute to knowledge exchange, and their track record in obtaining external funding for such projects.

A commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching is essential for all academic posts. The successful applicants will be expected to teach and to contribute to curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes lecture courses across the School’s undergraduate programme, and supervision of projects for undergraduate students as well as PhD students. The teaching will be increased to a full load over the duration of the Fellowship.

Holders of personal fellowships are welcomed.

The closing date for all posts is 15 October 2018.  Interviews are anticipated to take place between 19 - 30 November 2018.

Chancellor's Fellowships - background information

Extreme Conditions/Astrobiology

Candidates interested in this post are expected to have a PhD in Physics, Biology or other relevant area.

Examples of the sorts of expertise sought in this theme could include study of the biochemistry of life at extremes such as high pressure, biotechnological applications and science, for example in space manufacturing or missions in the extreme conditions of space, and the study of the earth and planetary processes at high pressure applied to understanding environments ranging from habitats for life in shallow sub-surface to deep planetary mantle and core processes. 

Job description: Chancellor's Fellow - Extreme Conditions/Astrobiology (link takes you to University vacancies site)

Other opportunities

The School is also involved in the recruitment of Fellows in the following posts:

  • Biotechnology
  • Living with Data
  • Energy

Job descriptions: Chancellor's Fellows - all posts

Further information

Before applying, candidates may wish to make contact with current academics to discuss opportunities and research synergies.

Contact details: c.s.cockell [at] ed.ac.uk (Prof Charles Cockell)

Contact details: a.s.trew [at] ed.ac.uk (Prof Arthur Trew)