Professor in Environment & Human Health (E&R)

University of Exeter
January 11, 2024
Offerd Salary:£75,228
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Cornwall (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £75,228 on Grade (H), depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Professor in Environment & Human Health (E&R)

Job description

Based in the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), which forms a part of the Department of Public Health & Sports Science (PHSS), within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS)

The role

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, internationally-recognised academic to lead world-class research into the complex links between the environment and human health. The postholder will build on the University of Exeter's strengths in this area within the Centre and across the wider University. Our core research areas include: climate change and health; nature, biodiversity and health; blue environments and health; microbiology and antimicrobial resistance in the environment; and food systems for sustainable and healthy nutrition. We have a particular focus in these areas on health inequalities, complex systems, local and global practice and policy. We welcome applicants whose expertise covers any aspect of the links between the environment and human health in these areas. We are looking for innovative researchers with a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications, who are able to attract other world-class academics to the Centre and the University.

The postholder will also take on the position of Centre Director, for an initial period of five years (renewable by agreement). The Director role will include leading the development and implementation of the Centre's research strategy as part of the wider development and implementation of an Environment, Climate and Health Strategy for the Faculty, bringing the Centre together with related researchers from across the University and external partners. It will also involve leading and co-ordinating research and education activity in Environment and Human Health.

The Centre is based in Cornwall and to provide effective leadership as a senior academic of the Centre and as its Director, the post holder will be expected to be present in the Centre on at least two days per week (on average).

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • The beautiful Penryn campus set in the heart of stunning
  • The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH)

    ECEHH is a world-leading, transdisciplinary research and education Centre tackling the critical interconnections between the climate and environmental emergencies and human health. It sits within the Department of Public Health and Sports Science, one of three departments of the University of Exeter Medical School within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

    The Centre has an extensive national and international portfolio of research and education including funding from all major UK and European research funders. The Centre's vision is:

  • Transforming global understanding of the linkages between environment and human health.
  • Embedding sustainability and equity at the heart of environment and human health research.
  • Building and supporting a diverse research community to improve understanding, challenge thinking and bring about positive change to the planet and people.
  • The Centre has strong partnerships with local communities, governments and organisations in the UK and internationally, including the Met Office (based in Exeter), the UK Health Security Agency, and Natural England. The Centre is the WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health. Our ethos is highly inter/transdisciplinary, multi- and mixed-method, collaborative and inclusive, representing core values necessary towards addressing complex challenges at the intersection of health and the environment.

    The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023.

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world- leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    Before submitting an application, you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Prof Rich Smith ([email protected]) or ECEHH co-directors Dr Conny Guell (c.g[email protected]) or Dr Ben Wheeler ([email protected]).

    The closing date for applications is the 11th of January 2024, Interviews are expected to take place in Penryn, Cornwall during February/March 2024 (dates to be confirmed).

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