Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have joined forces to create a new research centre for earth and marine science and technology.

Based at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre (the Lyell Centre) will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders; Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt, The Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine and terrestrial ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering.

The Lyell Centre building project was completed in February 2016.  The University is now recruiting senior academics to build research teams that will realise the Centre’s vision and research strategy.

Together with our colleagues at BGS, we aim to create a world-leading research cluster bringing science and technology together to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way.

The new fusion of pure and applied expertise between Heriot-Watt and the BGS provides an opportunity to develop and use innovative methods and new technologies to create real-world solutions to address global challenges

The Lyell Centre’s research themes are clustered in two main areas: Applied Geoscience and Ecosystems Science. Within these areas, there are more specific themes for appointments that we intend to make, details will released as they are available. Informal enquiries prior to application are welcome (see contact details on the right of this page).

Research Leaders

We will announce other vacancies as they become available.

New Lyell Fellowship Opportunities

To compliment and further develop our teams we are inviting applications for Lyell Fellowship appointments in the areas of unconventional reservoir characterisation and subsurface risk assessment, carbon capture and storage, subsurface energy storage, environmental and petroleum geomicrobiology, soil biogeochemistry, extreme environments (terrestrial to deep sea, modern and past), environmental risks, water management, systems modelling (incl. ecosystem/biogeochemical/climate), bioinformatics/evolutionary genomics. Other areas relevant to the Lyell research mission will also be considered. Please see www.lyellcentre.ac.uk for further information.

Successful applicants will join a vibrant research environment, with emerging clusters of excellence at the interface between Terrestrial and Marine Biogeochemistry/Microbiology, Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems, and Geo-Energy.

The successful candidate(s) will have a strong academic track record with evidence of initial research leadership, international standing, and an expressed strategy of how to develop the respective field or research. It is anticipated that appointment(s) will actively complement existing and create new synergies with teams at the Lyell Centre, the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES), the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and the British Geological Survey. Contribution to teaching and supervision of students is expected.

Apply now

Applications are welcomed until 26 May 2017. Interviews will take place in June 2017.

For further information please contact: Prof Tom Wagner, Co-Director Lyell Centre t.wagner@hw.ac.uk

Position and Grade Salary
Assistant Professor, Grade 7 £31,076 - £38,183
Assistant Professor, Grade 8 £39,324 - £46,924
Associate Professor, Grade 9 £48,327 - £55,998
Professor, Grade 10 £57,674 upwards


Heriot-Watt University is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

How to Apply