Opportunity: Professor/Associate Professor of Coastal System Dynamics in Climate Change

About the Role:


Professor/Associate Professor of Coastal System Dynamics in Climate Change
Ref: ATR1678

Associate Professor: Starting salary from £54,421 per annum with an annual increment up to £63,059 per annum
Professor: A competitive salary is available for an outstanding candidate

The “Sir Anthony Habgood Professor of Coastal Systems Dynamics in Climate Change” provides a unique opportunity for a leading academic to shape UK coastal research.

This exciting position has arisen due to the benefaction of Sir Anthony Habgood. The successful candidate will hold a Professor (Chair) or Associate Professor position at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Coastal areas in East Anglia, nationally and beyond are experiencing significant changes, this is expected to continue and likely accelerate due to climate change and sea-level rise. Join us in leading research on improving our understanding of coastal system dynamics. We are looking for a leader to develop a strong coastal research group with a focus on impact and innovative solutions. You will take a prominent leadership role in the research life of the Tyndall Centre and School of Environmental Sciences. You will produce high-quality research publications and proposals to secure relevant external funding on coastal research. You will also supervise, co-supervise and examine PhD dissertations. You will be expected to maintain a high profile as a leader in your academic field and promote enterprise and engagement at UEA.

We are seeking someone with a strong track record in coastal research and an interest in holistic and system-level understanding of coasts. Your interests could be in natural science, social sciences or engineering and concern the open coast and/or estuaries and associated coastal lowlands. You will have a demonstrable interest in developing system-level understanding and in developing your own interdisciplinary research teams, building upon the extensive coastal expertise in the Tyndall Centre and the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. There are also extensive opportunities to engage more widely across the University, and in partnership with CEFAS (Centre for Environment. Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), to create appropriate research teams to tackle the diverse problems faced at the coast.

This post offers reduced teaching responsibilities, allowing for greater focus and freedom. We encourage you to use this opportunity to develop a coastal research centre that is interdisciplinary and responds to the societal need for solutions.

This full-time post is available on an indefinite basis. One post available, appointment will be either at Associate Professor or Professor level dependent on skills and experience. Within your personal statement please specify the role for which you would like to be considered. You must be able to meet all the essential criteria for that grade set out in the Person Specification, full details can be found in the Candidate Brochure.

UEA offers a variety of flexible working options and although this role is advertised on a full-time basis, we encourage applications from individuals who would prefer a flexible working pattern including annualised hours, compressed working hours, part time, job share, term-time only and/or hybrid working. Details of preferred hours should be stated in the personal statement and will be discussed further at interview.

Benefits include:

  • 44 days annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays and University Customary days (pro rata for part-time).
  • Family and Work-life balance policies including hybrid working and considerable maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption leave.
  • Generous pension scheme with life cover for dependants, plus incapacity cover.
  • Health and Wellbeing: discounted access to Sportspark facilities, relaxation rooms, 320 acres of rolling parkland, wellbeing walks, Wellbeing Ambassador network, medical centre, Occupational Health and a 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Campus Facilities: Sportspark, library, nursery, supermarket, post office, bars and catering outlets.
  • Exclusive shopping discounts to help cut the cost of household bills, childcare salary sacrifice scheme, Cycle to Work scheme and public transport discounts.
  • Personal Development: unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning courses, specialist advice and training from our Organisational Development and Professional Learning Team.


Closing date: 11 March 2024

The University holds an Athena Swan Silver Institutional Award in recognition of our advancement towards gender equality.

Further Information

For further information, including the Job Description and Person Specification, please see the attached Candidate Brochure.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Professor Robert Nicholls, Director of the Tyndall Centre and Professor of Climate Adaptation via ro*************@ue*.uk.

Apply here: https://vacancies.uea.ac.uk/vacancies/642/professor-associate-professor-of-coastal-system-dynamics-in-climate-change-atr1678.html

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