The Schools of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews form the joint research school EaStCHEM. EaStCHEM ranks second in the 2014 REF "Power Table" (out of 35). The University of Edinburgh is ranked 20th by the QS World University Rankings and 30th by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
The combined Research School is amongst the largest in the country, with:
- ca. 80 research-active members of academic staff in Edinburgh and St Andrews
- Over 250 postgraduate students
- an international reputation for research
- a wide range of modern instrumentation
Environment and Culture
We foster a collegiate, inclusive and supportive environment that values and encourages all our staff and students. Our mission is to ensure that all our students and staff fulfil their potential and face the future confident and inspired to apply their knowledge for the benefit of the global community. Our world-class academic and professional staff are committed to this goal.
The School has considerable experience in supporting fellows to go on to successful careers at Edinburgh and at institutions and organisations around the world. The School has a strong culture of career development, mentoring and work-life balance.
The School actively implements the Concordat action plan to Support the Career Development of Researchers, of which the University of Edinburgh is a signatory. The School currently holds the Athena Swan Silver Award for promoting and supporting the progression of women in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). This Award recognises the School’s commitment to ingrain the key principles of the Athena Swan Charter in every policy, practise and action plan within the School.
The School hosts an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee of UG, PGT and PhD students as well as a range of staff including postdoctoral researchers, early career researchers, senior academics and professional and technical services staff.
Support for Disabled Applicants
The School of Chemistry welcomes applications from disabled scientists, those with chronic mental/physical health conditions and neurodiverse scientists. We commit to providing any necessary adjustments to ensure that applicants can participate fully in the selection process. If you need an adjustment when accessing the application form, attending interviews, or for any other part of the application process, please contact our Staffing Coordinator.