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Chair in Human Geography or Environmental Social Sciences

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Chair minimum 62,585 a year / Reader 49,149 - 60,410 a year
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Role Description

The Environment Department is currently engaged in a major expansion in human geography and environmental social science to complement our existing strengths in physical geography, environmental science, ecology and environmental economics. This new position will provide leadership in this field.

The role
The Department has grown rapidly over the last decade and plans a further period of expansion through to 2020; human geography/environmental social science will be a focus for much of this growth. Your role will set the research agenda for human geography/environmental social science, shaping the research vision for the field and expanding the collaborative links we have with other Departments and Centres within York and promoting interdisciplinary research.

Key requirements - (viewed relative to the level of post applied for – see candidate brief for details)

  • PhD or equivalent in relevant field
  • Outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge in one or more fields of human geography/environmental social science complementary to existing strengths and plans of the Department
  • Demonstrable experience in leading, managing and attracting funds for internationally excellent research
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills with a demonstrable capacity for strategic thinking and planning
  • Substantial publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Significant and sustained success in accessing research grants and other external funding
  • Willingness to work with other disciplines and a commitment to a fully interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale, current minimum £62,585 per annum. Reader £49,149 - £60,410 a year.

Closing date: 21 January 2018
Interviews: 28 February 2018

Why York?
The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research. The Environment department is based in a new £12 million state-of-the-art building combining office and collaborative areas with teaching and laboratory facilities.

Both the University of York and the Environment department hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and are committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.

To apply
Informal enquiries may be directed to the Head of Department, Professor Mark Hodson (  Alternatively for a confidential discussion contact Paul Ellison (Recruitment Adviser)

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity



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