Associate Professor (or Professorship) of Geobiology - University of Oxford, UK

Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, in Association with Wolfson College, Oxford
Grade 36S: From £48,114 - £64,605 p.a

We seek to appoint an Associate Professor (or Professorship) of Geobiology to start no later than 31 July 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Earth Sciences and will hold a Fellowship at Wolfson College. The appointment will be initially for 5 years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the postholder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

We welcome applications from scientists working in all aspects of Geobiology. We encourage applicants with expertise on the influence of life on the Earth system, including but not limited to study of biological revolutions and innovation in Earth history, remote characterisation of biosphere function, the deep biosphere, life in extreme environments, and molecular palaeobiology. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong track record in using or developing tools such as those presented by the ‘omic’ revolution (e.g. bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics) and/or sedimentary geochemistry/mineralogy to develop our understanding of these biological systems in their geological context. This expertise plays into cutting edge research on the coevolution of the Earth and life in both terrestrial and marine systems either today or in the past, and in understanding the conditions for life on other planets.

The successful applicant will be expected to engage in original research in the field of Geobiology and related subjects, secure research funding and engage in the management of research projects. They will also be expected to teach at undergraduate and graduate level including lectures, classes, demonstrations and project supervision. They will be expected to take part in University examining as and when requested to do so, and to participate in the administration of the department as and when requested by the Head of Department. The main duties of the college are to engage in advanced study and research, act as a College Adviser for graduate students and take part in the governance and administration of the College by participation in the Governing Body and other committees.

The successful applicant will have a doctorate in earth sciences, biological sciences, or a closely related subject. They will have evidence of substantial research accomplishment and potential in the field of geobiology, have the ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate level, have excellent interpersonal skills necessary for teaching and an ability to attract research funding.

Further details of the position and the application procedure are detailed within the further particulars. Enquiries about the application procedure should be addressed to the Department HR Manager, Emma Smith using the contact details below. Enquiries about the post should be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor Chris Ballentine (email:; tel: 01865 272938).

Salary from £48,114 p.a. plus academic stipend (currently £2,672 p.a), and additional benefits as detailed below. An allowance of £2,804 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 20 December 2019. Interviews will be held on 11 and 12 February 2020 in Oxford.

Contact Person : Emma Smith Vacancy ID : 142831
Contact Phone : 01865 272030 Closing Date : 20-Dec-2019
Contact Email :
20 December 2019
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