The School of Engineering is pleased to invite applications for the 2023 Elizabeth Georgeson Research Fellowship. This three-year Fellowship specifically supports early-career (postdoctoral) researchers form backgrounds that are under-represented in engineering research and academia (e.g. gender, minority ethnicity, disability, disadvantaged circumstances, etc.). The Fellowship aims to provide a supportive and collegial environment for early-careers researchers to develop new independent research, with a view to raising external research funding to conduct that research and establish an independent academic career. In this 2023 round of the Elizabeth Georgeson Fellowship scheme, we will therefore be prioritising applications from candidates who self-identify as female. Candidates of minority ethnic groups in the UK of all genders, with/without disabilities or other characteristics under-represented in Engineering are also encouraged to apply.
Elizabeth Helen MacLeod Georgeson was the first woman to graduate in Engineering in Scotland, achieving a 1st class certificate of merit in Mechanical Engineering and a BSc in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (in 1919). After graduating she became one of the first few women to become an articled pupil to a surveyor, with a view to qualifying as a Civil Engineer. A member of the Women's Engineering Society, she worked at the Sheffield Laboratories for Safety in Mines Research (which later became HSE Laboratory), co-authoring 7 articles principally on the behaviours of gasses in mines.
The school has a strong culture of career development and mentoring, and fully supports the requirement for a sensible work-life balance. We foster a collegiate and supportive environment that values and encourages all of our staff and students.
The Elizabeth Georgeson Research Fellow will be associated with an existing research institute within the School, in order to benefit from existing technical support and infrastructure. They will also be paired with a mentor to provide support and advice, and connected to the appropriate University staff networks as applicable to ensure the fellow has an excellent peer support group.
The fellowship is funded by the School of Engineering and is for a fixed term on three years (full-time) within the Grade UE08 salary range (commensurate experience).
A consumables budget of 15k is also offered for the duration of the Fellowship. Request for part-time working and/or flexible working patterns will be considered favourably, and the duration of the Fellowship may be adjusted accordingly, on a pro-rata basis.
Applications form national, international and internal applicants are all encouraged, and we welcome informal queries regarding any aspect of the Elizabeth Georgeson Fellowship. These should be directed to the School's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Professor David Ingram: David.Ingram@ed.ac.uk