Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering

Durham University

United Kingdom

Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering


Job Number: 23000149

Salary: Grade 8: - Grade 8 £43,414 - £51,805 per annum

Permanent - Full Time

Closing Date: 31 March 2023.


We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in Environmental Engineering, and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a strong record of research in the fields of Environmental Microbiology, Biological Wastewater Treatment or Environmental Biotechnology.


This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding, unified Engineering Department which is recognised as being one of the very best in the UK, with a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. The candidate would be expected to work alongside colleagues within the Sustainable Infrastructure Research Challenge  as well as the Biophysical Sciences Institute and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience. The Department has secured funding for the refurbishment of the current Environmental Engineering laboratories for research and teaching, and the successful candidate would have the opportunity to steer its development and implementation. The successful candidate will also have access to world class research facilities outside the Department including relevant analytical labs in the Department of Geography and the DBS Genomics Facility in the Department of Biosciences.


Demonstrable experience in teaching laboratories at either undergraduate or postgraduate is essential. It is anticipated that the successful candidate would be expected to develop their own related taught module(s) which may contribute to a future MSc in Environmental Engineering, currently under consideration.


In the REF2021 research excellence exercise, 95% of our outputs were graded 3*/4*, and all our impact case studies were ranked 3*/4*.  Research activity within the Engineering Department is concentrated around three Research Challenges, namely Sustainable Infrastructure, Future Energy Systems and Advanced Materials, Electronics and Communications. Day-to-day research is organised under eight research nodes, with the most relevant to this post being Geotechnics and Environmental Engineering. We are particularly proud of the collaborative interdisciplinary nature of our research, which also includes strong industrial partnerships.


The Department is committed to an ethos of research-led teaching at all levels of our taught programmes, and is ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide, 5th in the Guardian University Guide and 6th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 in the UK for General Engineering.  The Department has improved its NSS scores year on year, being in the top quartile overall, and specifically for teaching, assessment and feedback, and organisation.


We are a scholarly community that is open, supportive, collegiate, representative and diverse: our commitment to this is expressed through work of the Department’s EDI and Wellbeing Committee, and our Athena Swan Bronze Award.  The Department is currently preparing its submission for the Athena Swan Silver Award.


We are particularly keen to hear from candidates who have already achieved Chartered Engineer status and, if not already professionally qualified, candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability and desire to become Chartered.

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