Applied mineralogists use mineralogical data and knowledge to research and develop mining technologies and materials processes. Professors in this field are established academics who teach and research across earth science, physical sciences and engineering departments.
- Leading research activities in applied mineralogy and geosciences
- Collaborating with researchers, scientists and organisations globally
- Procuring funding and attending conferences and events
- Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals and papers
- Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
- Supervision of doctoral students and junior academic research staff
- Developing the strategic research and teaching objectives of the institution
What qualifications and experience do you need?
A PhD in applied mineralogy, geosciences or a related area, along with a track record of published research activity and collaboration would be essential for a professorship.
Most professors have completed many years in academia, working their way up from lecturer to senior lecturer, visiting professor and Reader before applying for a professorship.
You would also need to demonstrate leadership and management skills and the ability to enhance the reputation of the institution on the global stage.
What’s the pay?
Most professor salaries are not disclosed in job ads and are usually negotiated at the appointment stage. However, starting salaries are generally in the region of £65,000 plus p.a., and above.
What can it lead to?
After a number of years in post, you could be selected for a management role such as Head of Department or Dean.
Where can I find jobs?
Applied mineralogy is a highly specialised field and professorships in this area are limited. However, your knowledge and experience could be applied to other disciplines, such as geology, earth science, physics, chemistry and engineering.
In the UK, each university has its own criteria and policy for how and whom they appoint a professorship. However, professor vacancies are also advertised, and these opportunities make up 4.5% of academic roles on jobs.ac.uk.
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