School of Earth and Environment

Job Vacancies

Positions available in the School of Earth and Environment

For more information and to apply for any of the below vacancies please go to the University job page

Laboratory Technician (Sorby Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory)

Fixed term for 18 months

Full time - job sharing arrangements can be considered

Ref: ENVEE1077

This new role is based in the Sorby Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. The post holder will work closely with the Sorby Unit's Experimental Officer and Technician to provide general technical support in all operational areas of the laboratory. Duties will include the installation of hydraulic flume models and channels, maintenance of equipment and small scale light engineering tasks for which full training will be provided. The work may involve some heavy lifting of research equipment for which training and equipment will be provided.

The Sorby Laboratory is currently in the process of commissioning new equipment and this role will help ensure that this is expedited quickly and efficiently. Information about the Sorby Laboratory can be found at: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/business-and-consultation/facilities/sorby-environmental-dynamics-laboratory/ 

Educated to GCSE level (or equivalent) including maths and at least one science subject at grades A to C, you will have demonstrable technical and/or practical skills, with an aptitude for 'hands-on' activities. Following full training, you will be able to follow procedures with limited supervision. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work diligently and efficiently in team situations. The successful applicant does not need experience with hydrological equipment as full training will be provided in-house.

University Grade 3 (£15,765 - £17,528 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Gareth Keevil, tel +44 (0)113 343 6765, email eargmk(at)leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 17 August 2015

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University Academic Fellow
Ref: ENVEE1072

Environmental Biogeochemistry

The Cohen group has a long established track record in pioneering research aimed at understanding coupled geochemical and biological processes occurring at or near the Earth’s surface. Such biogeochemical processes are often controlled by molecular to cellular scale interactions, but have significant implications for large scale, for example, from local, through regional, to the global scale, distribution of elements, nutrients and pollutants in the environment. This is especially true when such processes are considered in concert with the major physical processes occurring, i.e. a key strength of the modelling expertise available in the School. Recent years have seen exponential development in tools, for example, in electron microscopy, spectroscopy, and microbial genetics, available for experimental and observational geochemistry on hitherto unimagined spatial and temporal scales. This has produced a revolution in our understanding of how basic biological and chemical processes occur in the natural environment, which is still very much in its infancy. We therefore seek a new academic fellow with excellent potential to develop and expand upon our research agenda in this highly topical field.

You will develop new avenues of research expertise in the biogeochemistry of modern environments and/or in experimental geochemistry and hydrochemistry. You will enrich the analytical expertise of the school by bringing, and/or developing, new cutting edge analytical expertise that will augment and expand the capabilities/opportunities of the Cohen group, Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI) and the School of Earth and Environment. This will provide new opportunities for collaborative research on the underlying processes controlling elemental, contaminant or nutrient behaviour in the environment. You will have a growing track record of, and high potential for, winning research funding from diverse sources, including UK research councils, environmental and industrial sectors, especially in those areas that have potential to produce significant societal or economic impacts. You will also be able to link well with existing expertise in the Cohen group, the Earth Surface Science Institute and the School, to potentially scale up new fundamental understandings to global implications. Finally, we seek an individual committed to play a key role in teaching at both undergraduate and MSc level, for example, in Geological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Engineering Geology.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Ian Burke, tel: +44 (0)113 343 7532, email: I.T.Burke(at)leeds.ac.uk.


University Academic Fellow
Ref: ENVEE1067

Active Tectonics and Earthquake Hazard

Since 1900, 35 earthquakes worldwide have killed more than 10,000 people. Many of these occurred on continental faults that had not been identified or whose hazard had been underestimated. You will develop a research profile in Active Tectonics and Earthquake Hazard that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences.

You will build collaborations within the tectonics research group in the School of Earth and Environment, and more widely across the University and beyond. You will co-supervise PhD students and play a key role in teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate geoscience teaching programs within the School of Earth and Environment. You will be expected to develop and submit grant applications to a variety of funding agencies to support your research. These might be in the form of personal fellowships (e.g. NERC, Leverhulme, ERC) or larger collaborative research grants.

The successful candidates will have significant proven research experience within the field of Active Tectonics, the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Tim Wright: Tel: 0113 3435258 Email: t.j.wright(at)leeds.ac.uk


University Academic Fellow
Ref: ENVEE1071

Earth Observation of Climate Phenomena

A major strategic aim of Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) is to scale up the process-based research on modelling and observations to tackle large scale climate and weather problems of societal relevance. Exploiting Earth Observation (EO) datasets of atmospheric and other climate phenomena is the most effective way of achieving this aim. ICAS is a leading international institute for the study of atmospheric and climate processes using models, field observations and laboratory experiments. We are now looking to add new capability in Earth observation.

The aim of this fellowship is to create new expertise and research capacity in satellite remote sensing of climate phenomena in order to: create a strong synergy with ICAS’s existing expertise on modelling and observations that enables this research to be scaled up to address higher impact issues; position ICAS at the frontier of emerging fields concerning the interactions of the atmosphere with the biosphere, ocean and cryosphere; position ICAS to be able to make early use of recently launched satellite instruments that will allow new breakthroughs in understanding changes in the Earth system.

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to be recognised among the top few international centres for climate science. You will develop a sustained record of internationally excellent, and some world-leading, publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences. You will work closely with and integrate ICAS’s broad modelling and observational research to create the potential for substantial innovation, such as, interdisciplinary crossovers leading to innovative new science in previously unexplored areas; observational constraint of our advanced weather and climate models, leading to improved predictions of regional climate impacts; and development of cutting-edge teaching materials, enabling ICAS to engage students in the “Golden Age of Earth Observation”. You will also be expected to develop an innovative contribution to the teaching portfolio at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

With a PhD in climate-related science or Earth observation, you will have expertise and a strong research record in Earth observation, the ability to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Ken Carslaw, Director of ICAS, tel: +44 (0)113 343 1597, email: k.s.carslaw(at)leeds.ac.uk. 


University Academic Fellow
Ref: ENVEE1073

Pore-scale Modelling for Future Energy Solutions

Modelling gas and fluid flow in porous media is central to the development of future energy technologies involving subsurface geological structures including: (i) predicting and optimizing production from unconventional petroleum reservoirs; (ii) improving methods for enhanced oil recovery; (iii) assessment of radioactive waste disposal and CO2 storage sites; and (iv) development of novel energy storage systems, for example, subsurface storage of hot water or compressed air. The School of Earth and Environment’s (SEE) research in this area has also has generated considerable income, particularly from industry but also research councils (>£9 million in the last five years). These projects, along with infrastructure funding and a successful Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Grant (www.see.leeds.ac.uk\wolfson), have allowed SEE to develop world-leading laboratory facilities for conducting experiments on multiphase flow in porous media.

The key aims of this fellowship will be to increase impact, by using the results to create practical solutions for industry, for example, rapid prediction of subsurface flow properties based on easy to obtain microstructural data. Your research will feed directly into current and future Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, which fill recognized skills gaps and have high rates of employability. You will be expected to increase research income from industry, in areas such as enhanced oil recovery and unconventional gas production, research councils (EPSRC & NERC), and the EU (Horizon 2020). You will co-supervise PhD students that regularly apply to work in this area and you will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent, and some world-leading, publications by providing the theoretical/modelling framework to the results from the large number of experimental research projects being conducted on flow in porous media particularly for the petroleum industry. You will develop an innovative contribution to the teaching portfolio at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

With mentorship from Professor Quentin Fisher, you will be encouraged to achieve your goals by building on existing cross-campus collaborations.

With a PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics or related subject, you will have a strong research record in fluid flow modelling at the pore-scale, the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Quentin Fisher, tel: +44 (0)774 214 5119, email: q.j.fisher(at)leeds.ac.uk.


University Academic Fellow
Ref: ENVEE1074 

Prediction of Coastal Response to Global Sea Level Change

The rate of sea-level rise is increasing and will impact coastal populations globally. Understanding the causes, rates, and consequences of marine transgression is critical to improved coastal zone mitigation strategies. This fellowship will integrate new chronostratigraphic and sedimentological datasets to develop accurate palaeogeographic reconstructions, and apply the proxy data to test and refine past and future climatic and ice margin models, in order to constrain and predict coastal responses to future marine transgression. Integrated datasets need to be applied that account for the range of projected future global sea-level rise scenarios on different coastlines. The most comprehensive and integrated offshore dataset available, which lies on the continental shelf offshore UK, will be used. A revolution in the amount of high quality UK offshore data is being driven by windfarm site investigation work. The custodians of this vast and growing database are the British Geological Survey (BGS), with whom the Lead Academic has a strong collaborative relationship. The offshore data can be used to constrain the process response in coastal zones to periods of global transgression and marine inundation. A fellow with expertise in sea level reconstruction and/or landscape evolution would establish a regional-scale and multidisciplinary approach to understanding the impact of future sea-level rise at the coast that will have far reaching implications for global coastal population centres. The workflows and results established through this fellowship can be applied internationally as more proxy data is collected on other continental shelves.

You will establish collaborations in the School’s Institutes including the Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI), Institute of Applied Geosciences (IAG), and Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS). You will also co-supervise PhDs and will also be expected to submit grant applications for small individual or networking research grants as well as work with colleagues across the schools to submit larger grants. Process-based models of coastal response tied to different future sea-level rise scenarios can be used to inform local planning decisions and shape policy for both the UK and internationally. Improved Holocene UK offshore stratigraphy will be highly beneficial to the aggregates and marine renewables industries in reducing costs. A REF2026 Impact Case Study is a realistic aim. You will also be expected to develop an innovative contribution to the teaching portfolio at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

You will bring missing expertise in the School including marine geology, sea level reconstruction, landscape evolution, and geochronology, which map well onto existing expertise in sedimentology and climate/ice sheet modelling. You will have the ability to teach at undergraduate and

postgraduate level including for example supporting current classroom and field teaching provision at Undergraduate level.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor David Hodgson, tel: +44 (0)113 343 0236, email: d.hodgson(at)leeds.ac.uk.


University Academic Fellow
Ref: ENVEE1075

Sustainable and Resilient Cities

Your key aims will be to contribute to research excellence on sustainable and resilient cities at the University of Leeds in terms of leadership, high profile publications and impact cases; to increase the international and national profile of this research excellence, and to foster collaboration in research and teaching on sustainable and resilient cities within the University. Cities need the necessary capacity to match policies, finance, governance, technologies and business models across scales to deliver innovative solutions to contemporary problems. You will be expected to conduct independent and collaborative research, participate and lead on research funding bids, publish in leading academic journals, and disseminate your findings in policy-relevant arenas. You will also supervise PhD students in the interdisciplinary sustainable and resilient cities theme under faculty and cross-faculty doctoral training initiatives, such as the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and the EPSRC Bioenergy Centre for Doctoral Training, for example. You will play a key role in teaching which could potentially include the core BA/BSc and MSc modules within the Sustainability Research Institute programs. The teaching topics will include interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability, risks, hazards and resilience, through business models, governance and organisational capacity, community decision-making, and appropriate investment in sustainability and resilience. You will be expected to collaborate with the city of Leeds as a living lab for research, with considerable support from Leeds city partners.

You will have significant proven interdisciplinary research experience within the field of Sustainable and Resilient Cities, including a significant publication track record, a proven ability to work with stakeholders beyond academia, and participation in funding bids. In terms of teaching, a successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Associate Professor Julia Steinberger, tel: +44 (0)785 607 9625, email: j.k.steinberger(at)leeds.ac.uk. 


University Academic Fellow
Ref: ENVEE1076

Vertebrate Palaeontology

The Palaeo@Leeds research group is one of the peaks of excellence within the School of Earth and Environment with a successful track record of both 4 star output and winning grant income. We are seeking a vertebrate palaeontologist who is, or has the potential to be, a world leader in their field. Expertise should include the use of sophisticated phylogenetic, morphometric or statistical approaches for the theoretical and applied study of palaeobiology, macroevolution and biodiversity. You should have a good working palaeontological knowledge of the taxonomy and systematics of major vertebrate groups, whilst using mathematical approaches to study their evolution. You will have a growing track record of, and future potential for, world-class publications and grant success. You should have a clear vision for the direction of your future work and the importance of this to the field. You will ideally be able to link with existing expertise in the Palaeo@Leeds group, the Earth Surface Science Institute and the School. Finally, you will be committed to playing a key role in research lead teaching at both undergraduate and MSc level, for example, in Geological Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

You will have significant proven research experience within the field of vertebrate palaeontology, an outstanding publication record, relative to experience, and some evidence of funding success. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Tracy Aze, tel: +44 (0)113 343 0953, email: T.Aze(at)Leeds.ac.uk


Research Fellow in modelling African Climate Dynamics
Ref: ENVEE1065

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA-2050) project

Fixed term for 34 months - available immediately

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

We seek an ambitious scientist with interests in atmospheric dynamics and the statistics of rainfall, to study the physical processes controlling high-impact weather over West Africa. As part of a joint project with the Met Office, CEH Wallingford and partners in Africa and Europe, we will use kilometre-resolution numerical models to understand how patterns of rainfall in Africa respond to local climatic feedbacks, global forcing and climate change. The overall project aims to reduce uncertainty in the projections of future African rainfall on the 5-40 year timescale, in order that model projections are better able to support decision-making.

AMMA-2050 is funded by the joint DFID-NERC “Future Climates for Africa” (FCFA) programme. You will be part of a large collaborative research team among the partners in the project, which includes expertise in observations and modelling of land-atmosphere exchange and global atmospheric dynamics, as well as expertise in socio-economic impacts of climate change in West Africa. The work will be embedded in large research groups at each of the institutions, offering opportunities for wider collaborative work. You will have close collaboration with colleagues at Leeds and elsewhere working in the IMPALA (Improving Model Processes for African cLimAte) project, which is supplying most of the model data for AMMA-2050. You will be expected to undertake placements with partner organisations, including an extended research placement with the Senegalese weather service (ANACIM) in Dakar, and several visits to the Met Office in the UK. Similarly, we will host visits of partner scientists to Leeds.

The multi-year convection-permitting numerical simulations to be used in AMMA-2050 represent a step-change in our ability to model tropical rainfall. The results will be used to improve our theoretical and conceptual understanding of climate change and climate variability in the tropics, and will influence the interpretation of climate predictions at local level. The models and their interpretation will also be used to drive collaborative work on socio-economic impacts of climate change in the region, with our partners conducting studies of agricultural planning and urban flooding in particular. You will contribute to our understanding of how global climate change has impacts on local and regional climate of Africa. There is the potential for a number of important publications arising from the work. We aim that the results will increase confidence in model climate projections for Africa, and will influence methods and policies for exploitation of climate projections in tropical continental regions.

You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing research in atmospheric science in the School. Your work will lead to significant publications in atmospheric and climate science and you will also present your research at national and international meetings. You will communicate outcomes of the research to relevant stakeholders outside academia.

You must have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a quantitative physical science, such as Atmosphere Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology, and experience of the use of large numerical model datasets. You should be willing to collaborate actively with partners in Africa and Europe, including research placements with selected partners. You will be used to programming on a Unix/Linux operating system and have excellent communication skills.

The University of Leeds? commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The Faculty of Environment are in the process of preparing an application for an Athena Swan award to recognise our commitment and work in these areas.

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.). Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above spine point 33 (£34,233 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Douglas Parker, email d.j.parker(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 6739/6461.

Closing Date: 11 August 2015


Research Fellow in modelling African Climate Dynamics
Ref: ENVEE1065

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA-2050) project

Fixed term for 34 months - available immediately

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

We seek an ambitious scientist with interests in atmospheric dynamics and the statistics of rainfall, to study the physical processes controlling high-impact weather over West Africa. As part of a joint project with the Met Office, CEH Wallingford and partners in Africa and Europe, we will use kilometre-resolution numerical models to understand how patterns of rainfall in Africa respond to local climatic feedbacks, global forcing and climate change. The overall project aims to reduce uncertainty in the projections of future African rainfall on the 5-40 year timescale, in order that model projections are better able to support decision-making.

AMMA-2050 is funded by the joint DFID-NERC "Future Climates for Africa" (FCFA) programme. You will be part of a large collaborative research team among the partners in the project, which includes expertise in observations and modelling of land-atmosphere exchange and global atmospheric dynamics, as well as expertise in socio-economic impacts of climate change in West Africa. The work will be embedded in large research groups at each of the institutions, offering opportunities for wider collaborative work. You will have close collaboration with colleagues at Leeds and elsewhere working in the IMPALA (Improving Model Processes for African cLimAte) project, which is supplying most of the model data for AMMA-2050. You will be expected to undertake placements with partner organisations, including an extended research placement with the Senegalese weather service (ANACIM) in Dakar, and several visits to the Met Office in the UK. Similarly, we will host visits of partner scientists to Leeds.

The multi-year convection-permitting numerical simulations to be used in AMMA-2050 represent a step-change in our ability to model tropical rainfall. The results will be used to improve our theoretical and conceptual understanding of climate change and climate variability in the tropics, and will influence the interpretation of climate predictions at local level. The models and their interpretation will also be used to drive collaborative work on socio-economic impacts of climate change in the region, with our partners conducting studies of agricultural planning and urban flooding in particular. You will contribute to our understanding of how global climate change has impacts on local and regional climate of Africa. There is the potential for a number of important publications arising from the work. We aim that the results will increase confidence in model climate projections for Africa, and will influence methods and policies for exploitation of climate projections in tropical continental regions.

You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing research in atmospheric science in the School. Your work will lead to significant publications in atmospheric and climate science and you will also present your research at national and international meetings. You will communicate outcomes of the research to relevant stakeholders outside academia.

You must have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a quantitative physical science, such as Atmosphere Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology, and experience of the use of large numerical model datasets. You should be willing to collaborate actively with partners in Africa and Europe, including research placements with selected partners. You will be used to programming on a Unix/Linux operating system and have excellent communication skills.

The University of Leeds' commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The Faculty of Environment are in the process of preparing an application for an Athena Swan award to recognise our commitment and work in these areas.

University Grade 7 (£31,434- £37,394 p.a.) Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above spine point 33 (£34,233 p.a.).

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Douglas Parker, email d.j.parker(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 6739/6461.

Closing Date: 11 August 2015


Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Research Fellow

Fixed term for 48 months available from 1 November 2015

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

Global convection-permitting cloud-aerosol interaction simulations (part of the EU PRIMAVERA project)

Ref: ENVEE1063

You will work as a Research Fellow on the PRIMAVERA project which is an Horizon 2020 European Union project which involves19 partners. The overarching goal of the project is to "develop a new generation of advanced and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models, capable of simulating and predicting regional climate with unprecedented fidelity".

Aerosols can modify atmospheric heating through direct interaction with radiation. Less well understood are the interactions between clouds, aerosols and radiation that are important for the Earth system. You will carry out and analyse ground-breaking global convection-permitting cloud-aerosol interaction simulations. The goals of this project are to quantify the impact of resolution and the complexity of aerosol-cloud treatment on the simulation of clouds and aerosol. Questions to be addressed are: Does using convection permitting resolutions improve the accuracy of simulations? Does explicit representation of aerosol-cloud processes improve the accuracy of the simulations? Can a convection-permitting model reproduce observed lightning and graupel observations across Europe and globally?

This position is based at the University of Leeds working with Professors Paul Field, Ken Carslaw and partners at the Met Office. The project will utilise and contribute to the Met Office Unified Model with the latest developments in aerosol and cloud microphysics.

You will have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a relevant branch of atmospheric or Earth System science (e.g. cloud-aerosol interaction, cloud dynamics, meteorology, climate science, atmospheric physics) or physical science (e.g. maths, physics) and knowledge of atmospheric dynamics, clouds, aerosols or radiation.

The University of Leeds' commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The Faculty of Environment are in the process of preparing an application for an Athena Swan award to recognise our commitment and work in these areas.

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.) Please note that due to funding restrictions an appointment is unlikely to be made higher than spine point 33 of the grade 7 salary scale (£34,233 p.a.).

Please also note that the end date of the project is fixed so a starting date later than 1 November 2015 will reduce the length of the contract.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Paul Field, tel +44 (0)1392 884541, email p.field(at)leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 10 August 2015

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Research Fellow in Indian Monsoon Dynamics

Interaction of convective organisation and monsoon precipitation, atmosphere surface and sea (INCOMPASS) project

Ref: ENVEE1064

Fixed term for 36 months, available from 1 January 2016

Job sharing arrangements can be considered


We seek an ambitious scientist with interests in atmospheric dynamics to study the physical processes controlling rainfall in the Indian monsoon. As part of a joint project with the University of Reading, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), UK Met Office, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Wallingford, Indian National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and a number of other partners in India, we will collect a unique set of measurements of the 2016 monsoon season. The observational data will be integrated with data from kilometre-resolution numerical models to understand how patterns of rainfall in India respond to local climatic feedbacks and global forcing.

The Indian monsoon rainfall has critical importance to the well-being of millions of people, but our weather and climate models have fundamental shortcomings in their ability to represent the monsoon precipitation. The INCOMPASS project aims to improve predictions of Indian monsoon rainfall, in order that models are better able to support decision-making. We expect that the work will have a high impact in terms of research outputs and benefits to society.

INCOMPASS is jointly funded by the joint Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). You will be part of a large collaborative research team among the partners in the project, which includes expertise in observations and modelling of land-atmosphere exchange and monsoon dynamics. The work will be embedded in large research groups at each of the institutions in the UK and India, offering opportunities for wider collaborative work.

You will be expected to participate in the main field campaign in 2016, including planning of research flights, and assistance in the deployment of ground-based instruments in the field. You will analyse data from the experiment, and use it to evaluate numerical model simulations of monsoon dynamics.

The high resolution of the numerical simulations to be used in INCOMPASS represents a step-change in our ability to model tropical rainfall. The results will be used to improve our theoretical and conceptual understanding of monsoon onset and variability. We aim that the results will increase the accuracy of model predictions of Indian monsoon rainfall, and will influence methods and policies for exploitation of these forecasts.

You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing research in atmospheric science in the School. Your work will lead to significant publications in atmospheric and climate science and you will also present your research at national and international meetings. You will communicate outcomes of the research to relevant stakeholders outside academia.

You must have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a quantitative physical science, such as Atmosphere Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology, and experience of the use of observational or numerical model datasets. Knowledge of Atmospheric Climate Dynamics would be advantageous. You will be used to programming on a unix/linux operating system and have excellent communication skills.

The University of Leeds' commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The Faculty of Environment are in the process of preparing an application for an Athena Swan award to recognise our commitment and work in these areas.

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.) Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above spine point 32 (£33,242 p.a.).

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Douglas Parker, email d.j.parker(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 6739/6461.


Closing Date: 10 August 2015

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School of Earth and Environment
Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI)

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / CHAIR IN BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
JOB REF: ENVEE1062

Job Summary

We seek an enthusiastic academic to conduct world-class research and teaching in biogeochemistry, with a focus on modern or ancient biogeochemical cycles, geomicrobiology, or experimental geochemistry. You will join one of the UK's most vibrant and successful Schools with a long track record of excellence in research and teaching. ESSI is one of the UK's leading multidisciplinary institutions focusing on understanding modern and ancient Earth surface processes, and contributes substantially to the School of Earth and Environment's teaching programmes in Geological Science and Environmental Science at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The institute houses a superb suite of recently renovated geochemistry laboratories, and aims to achieve the highest standards in its research and teaching.

You will have a PhD and a strong record of laboratory-based research in Biogeochemistry, including evidence of leadership of an independent research programme. You should also have a strong track record of publications and be able to demonstrate a sustained record of external funding to support your research, commensurate with the level of appointment. An ability to enhance or build upon the existing strengths of the Institute will be an advantage.

Closing Date: Friday 07 August 2015

Interview Date: Friday 04 September 2015


Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI)
Chair or Associate Professor in Biogeochemistry


We seek an enthusiastic academic to conduct world-class research and teaching in biogeochemistry, with a focus on modern or ancient biogeochemical cycles, geomicrobiology, or experimental geochemistry. You will join one of the UK's most vibrant and successful Schools with a long track record of excellence in research and teaching. ESSI is one of the UK's leading multidisciplinary institutions focusing on understanding modern and ancient Earth surface processes, and contributes substantially to the School of Earth and Environment's teaching programmes in Geological Science and Environmental Science at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The institute houses a superb suite of recently renovated geochemistry laboratories, and aims to achieve the highest standards in its research and teaching.

You will have a PhD and a strong record of laboratory-based research in Biogeochemistry, including evidence of leadership of an independent research programme. You should also have a strong track record of publications and be able to demonstrate a sustained record of external funding to support your research, commensurate with the level of appointment. An ability to enhance or build upon the existing strengths of the Institute will be an advantage.

The University of Leeds' commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The Faculty of Environment are in the process of preparing an application for an Athena Swan award to recognise our commitment and work in these areas.

Associate Professor: University Grade 9 (£47,328 - £54,841 p.a.)
Chair: within the Professorial range - minimum £59,913 p.a.


Informal enquiries may be made to Institute Director Professor Simon Poulton, email s.poulton(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 5237.