Chancellor's Fellow - Extreme Conditions/Astrobiology

Building on the outstanding successes of our previous tenure-track Chancellor’s Fellowship programmes and our world class research performance, the College of Science & Engineering is investing in a further cohort of 10 next generation research innovation leaders of the highest quality with a particular focus on:

  • Biotechnology
  • Data Driven innovation
  • Extreme Conditions
  • Energy
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Risk and Resilience

Based in the heart of one of the world’s finest cities, these prestigious 5-year awards support early career researchers and academic innovators of the highest promise from all countries to develop their careers in a supportive, high quality environment. You will concentrate initially on world class research and innovation, with a focus on delivering high impact results. We will support you, through the course of your fellowship, to develop your contribution to education and the full spectrum of our activities, thus developing you as a fully rounded member of our academic community. It is anticipated that following a successful review the majority of Chancellors Fellows will transition to an open-ended post at an appropriate grade.

Edinburgh has world class facilities and expertise in science at the extremes. In particular, the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) has a worldwide reputation. CSEC combines the activities of around 35 academic staff and a similar number of research fellows from the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences and Physics & Astronomy. At the last international review it was ranked second in the world and our ambition is to become first by growing our activities into new areas.

Chancellor’s Fellows in the Extreme Science/Astrobiology theme will pursue research linked to CSEC and the UK Centre for Astrobiology, also based at Edinburgh. The Fellows will be based in the College of Science and Engineering and will draw on areas of current research excellence across Schools associated with CSEC. Examples of the sorts of expertise sought in this theme could be:

Candidates will have specific domain expertise, supported by a track record of achievement that will enable rapid engagement in the appropriate topic.

  1. The study of the biochemistry of life at extremes/high pressure with its industrial applications in biocatalytic industrial processes at extremes
  2. Biotechnological applications and science, for example in space manufacturing or missions in the extreme conditions of space
  3. The study of the earth and planetary processes at high pressure applied to understanding environments ranging from habitats for life in shallow sub-surface to deep planetary mantle and core processes

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Monday, October 15, 2018

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