Physical Geography Lectureships at Manchester (Quaternary Science, and GISc)

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Physical Geography Lectureships at Manchester (Quaternary Science, and GISc)

Roger Braithwaite


I am taking the liberty of posting the following jobs announcement to the Cryolist community. Our community is so broad that it may well include individuals who fit well into the criteria for one, or even both, of these positions (please read the blurb carefully and notice the short deadline).


Roger J. Braithwaite
Reader in Physical Geography
Geography - SED
Authur Lewis Building 1.032
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
Tel: Int + (0)161 275-3644


The University of Manchester

Two Lecturerships in Physical Geography

Geography, The School of Environment and Development


The School wishes to make two appointments of outstanding individuals to contribute to our established research and teaching strengths in physical geography with expertise in the following areas:


(1) Quaternary Science

(2) Geographical Information Science


Informal inquiries may be made to the Acting Head of Geography, Professor Noel Castree

(0161 275 3627; [hidden email]). For the Quaternary post Professor Jamie

Woodward can also be contacted ([hidden email]), for the GIS post Dr. Sarah

Lindley can be contacted ([hidden email]). For further information about

Geography see:


Salary will be within the Lecturer scale 6.


The closing date for applications is May 14th 2010 and it is anticipated that interviews will take place the week of May 24th.  The posts are tenable from 1st September 2010.


Further particulars will be posted here:


Applications should be returned by May 14th 2010 to:


The Directorate of Human Resources

Humanities HR Lime Grove (W113)

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road


M13 9PL


1) Quaternary Science

Applications are invited for a lecturing post in Quaternary Science. The Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology Research Group has a growing international reputation. Research in Quaternary science is a key strength of physical geography at Manchester and links to the School’s broader environmental thematic priority. Researchers in this area have strong links across the University in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Archaeology, and the Manchester Museum. We seek to appoint a lecturer of exceptional promise as a researcher and teacher with expertise in long-term environmental change that complements and extends our expertise in Quaternary Science and global change (e.g. in geochronology, continental palaeohydrology, palaeoecology, modern and ancient glacier dynamics, geoarchaeology and micromorphology). Applicants should show a willingness to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, a developing track record of publication in international journals, and a clear potential for securing external funding. 


2) Geographical Information Science

Applications are invited for a lecturing post in Geographical Information Science. The person appointed will be establishing an outstanding research reputation and will have a growing publication record which shows evidence of an emerging international profile. The post-holder will be expected to actively seek research funding to support their research activities and to publish in leading international journals. The post-holder will also be expected to attract and supervise research postgraduates.


In teaching terms the Lectureship is strongly connected with Geography’s MSc in Geographical Information Science. The MSc was established in 2007 and already attracts over 20 students per year from within the UK and from overseas. Staff and students have support from the School of Environment and Development’s Spatial Data Officer who provides technical assistance, such as in geospatial data acquisition and processing and systems administration such as the management of software updates. The successful applicant is expected to make a significant contribution to the MSc with a view to becoming its Director in the short to medium term. The post therefore represents an exciting opportunity to help shape the next stage of development of this successful and popular postgraduate programme. Although the appointment is strongly associated with the MSc GISc, the appointee will also contribute to other Geography undergraduate teaching and administrative duties.


Specialisms can be in any area of GISc, such as remote sensing, geocomputation, geostatistics or GIS (including development as well as geospatial data analysis). Existing research and teaching track records can be associated with pure or applied Geographical Information Science but a preference will be shown for candidates able to clearly demonstrate existing or potential links to one or both of our physical geography research groups, notably those working in upland or urban environments (Environmental Processes) or in a range of palaeoenvironments (Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology).




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