CEDAR email: University Academic Fellow: Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

John Plane J.M.C.Plane at leeds.ac.uk
Tue Oct 14 02:02:24 MDT 2014

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

School of Chemistry

University Academic Fellow

Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

With a vision and drive to develop a prestigious internationally competitive research portfolio as well as a passion for undertaking research-led teaching you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and profile of research and student education at The University of Leeds. This University Academic Fellowship (UAF) is a tenure track equivalent post for future academic leaders which provides an excellent opportunity to establish an academic career at a research intensive University and play a key role in our ambitious plans for the future. You will embark on a structured five year development programme, successful completion of which will lead to your appointment as a grade 9 Associate Professor. The School of Chemistry has an international reputation in observing, modelling and performing laboratory experiments to understand the Earth's atmosphere. We are seeking to expand our research and teaching expertise in chemical studies related to the atmospheres of other solar-system bodies and the atmospheres of extra-solar planets. Our current work in this area includes a laboratory and modelling study of Titan's organic photo-chemistry and the impacts of cosmic dust in the upper
atmospheres of several planets.

Existing laboratory equipment from the Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry (APC) Group would be available to help start up a laboratory-based programme, but we would also welcome applications involving modelling and observations. You are encouraged to contact Professor Paul Seakins, as Head of the APC Research Group, to discuss informally issues relating to equipment. As an Academic Fellow, you will be expected to develop independent research in aspects of the chemistry of planetary atmospheres, and would also be encouraged to exploit collaborative research opportunities with other members of the APC group and researchers elsewhere in the University e.g. in the Schools of Physics, Earth and Environment, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (satellite observations).

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University's ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications. You would also be expected to submit applications for a personal fellowship (e.g. EPSRC or STFC Early Career, ERC Starting or Consolidator), as well as for research projects as principal investigator. You will also participate in the development and delivery of relevant programmes at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.

You will hold a PhD and have significant proven research experience (including evidence of research leadership appropriate to the career stage e.g. lead authorship of significant publications, ability to attract independent funding), the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in Chemistry, and a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development. Applications are not restricted to candidates with a current track record in planetary atmospheres, but your application should outline how you plan to apply your skills to develop a research portfolio in your chosen field.

Career Pathway: Tenure track equivalent post requiring successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.
University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Paul Seakins,
tel: +44 (0)113 343 6568, email: P.W.Seakins at leeds.ac.uk.

Ref: MAPCH1003

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Professor John Plane
School of Chemistry
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel. (44) 113 3438044

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