Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader( faculty positions in Energy and Sustainability) - Ref: AC2329GB

The University of St Andrews is seeking to recruit three outstanding individuals to fill positions in the areas of Energy and/or Sustainability, as well as conducting research directly underpinning these fields. The positions are part of a major strategic initiative by the University to strengthen our profile in this research area. One professorial appointment will be in the School of Chemistry in addition to two appointments at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader , one in the School of Chemistry and the other in the School of Physics and Astronomy.


The Schools of Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry are both internationally recognised for their research (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/research/ and https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/chemistry/research/), including the fields of Energy, Catalysis, Materials Science, and Photonics. Each School was highly ranked in the REF 2014 assessment. The University topped the rankings in the Times UK Good University Guide (2022), the first non-Oxbridge institution to do so.


These positions are part of an initiative to further enhance cross-disciplinary research and the successful candidates will be encouraged to establish collaborations between the two Schools, and develop interactions with the Eden Campus, the University of St Andrews’ innovation centre designed to help shape a sustainable future which is located in Guardbridge, four miles west of St Andrews on the banks of the Eden Estuary https://edencampus.st-andrews.ac.uk/about/ .


Applicants should present a clear vision of how they will develop and drive an ambitious research programme that expands and complements our existing strengths in Energy and Sustainability, and underpins innovative teaching at all levels of study. The level of appointment will depend on experience. Applicants with established research portfolios, together with a proven ability to secure research funding and a track record in national and international collaboration will be considered for Reader position. For the Chair position, candidates are expected to show sustained international leadership and have a track record demonstrating originality and a contribution to the advancement of knowledge.


Applications are particularly welcome from those with a commitment to the aspirations of each School and the University towards equality, diversity and inclusivity. The Schools each hold Athena SWAN Awards (Silver in Physics and Bronze in Chemistry) while Physics and Astronomy has Juno Champion status, recognising departments who take action to embed better working practices for all staff and to address the under-representation of women in UK and Irish universities. The University Strategy has “Diverse St Andrews” as one of its key themes and acknowledges an institutional priority towards greater racial and ethnic diversity. The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, demonstrated by its Gender and Race Equality Charters and Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter. For more information, please see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/equalityanddiversity/, www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/ and https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/about/governance/university-strategy/diverse/


Applications should include:

A covering letter clearly indicating the level of appointment sought by the applicant (though the selection committee will not be bound by this indication)


A full curriculum vitae including a list of refereed publications, key conference contributions and contact details for three referees


A further document of not more than six pages in total that will include

  • A list of research achievements to date (One to two pages) -
  • A list of the applicant’s four most significant scientific publications with a summary statement of their originality and significance (one page) -
  • A statement of the applicant’s vision for their research at St Andrews (one to two pages) 
  • A statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy (one page)
  • A statement addressing past and/or potential future contributions to equality, diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and/or service 
  • A statement addressing past, present and future strategies for leadership

Informal enquiries are welcome, and should be addressed to Professor Ian Bonnell (hospanda@st-andrews.ac.uk), Professor Chris Baddeley (chemhos@st-andrews.ac.uk), Professor Peter Wahl (physdor@st-andrews.ac.uk), Professor Andrew Smith (chemdor@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Dr Janet Lovett, (jel20@st-andrews.ac.uk)


Closing Date: 28 May 2022

Interview date: to be confirmed

Please quote ref: AC2329GB

Further Particulars: AC2329GB FPs.docx


School of Chemistry and School of Physics and Astronomy
Lecturer: £42,149-£51,799 per annum 
Senior Lecturer/Reader: £53,348-£60,022 per annum
Professor: Grade 9, salary by negotiation
Start date: as soon as possible

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader( faculty positions in Energy and Sustainability) - Ref: AC2329GB