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

Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
Research Fellow in Earth Observation
Ref: ENVEE1051

Fixed term for 2 years

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

You will work as a Research Fellow on the UK Natural Environment Research Council funded research programme, Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability (iSTAR-D). The overall aim is to assess ice losses from the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica using satellite and ground-based measurements. You will be involved in developing and synthesising satellite, airborne, and ground-based observations to produce an integrated assessment of ice sheet mass imbalance. Applicants with expertise in the use of satellite altimetry, satellite InSAR, or GRACE satellite gravimetry for studies of earth geophysical processes are encouraged to apply.

You will also join the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, a vibrant research group that works on topics of major societal importance, and provides the scientific leadership for the ESA CryoSat mission. Your work will also contribute towards the next Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison exercise. The iSTAR-D consortium is led by Professor Andy Shepherd at the University of Leeds, and involves several UK and international institutions.

You will have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in the physical sciences or a similar numerate subject, and have experience of satellite data processing and experience in scientific programming and software development.

Information about the School of Earth and Environment can be found at Information about the iSTAR research programme can be found at

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Andy Shepherd, tel +44 (0)113 343 9014, email a.shepherd(at)

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.)

Closing Date: 2 June 2015

School Receptionist
Ref: ENVEE1049

Fixed term for 2 years

Part time, 60% of the Full Time Equivalent

21 hours per week: 10am-2.15pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am-2pm Friday

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly organised person to undertake full reception duties for the specific hours indicated (above) in the School of Earth and Environment's Main Reception Office. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a commitment to excellent customer service and team working.

You will be involved in handling general day-to-day front-desk enquiries in person, by telephone and via email, meeting and greeting visitors, sorting and distributing post and parcels, and undertaking general office duties under the direction of the Reception Office Manager.

Educated to GCSE level or equivalent, you will be competent in the use of Microsoft Word and Outlook and have experience of using Excel and PowerPoint. You will have excellent organisation, prioritisation and workload management skills, as well as good attention to detail and experience of University systems and procedures.

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

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Zoe Wallage, tel +44 (0)113 343 5222,
email z.e.wallage(at)

Closing Date: 10 May 2015

Interviews are expected to be held on 22 May 2015

Student Education Services
Ref: ENVFO1014

Blended Learning Enhancement Officer

Full time - job sharing arrangements can be considered

As part of our commitment to enhance student education, you will play an important part in meeting the Faculty's strategic aim of building a culture of developing, integrating and evaluating digital learning resources to support Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught courses and for Postgraduate Research Students. A major element of the role will be working with academic staff to develop and enhance learning resources, advise on opportunities for innovative approaches to e-learning and to create excellent e-learning materials in line with the Faculty's Blended Learning Strategy and Teaching Enhancement Schemes.

You will develop key relationships within the Faculty to enhance the use of virtual learning tools and support academic and student education service colleagues in making the best use of learning technologies in teaching and assessment. You will work closely with, and provide support to the Faculty's Academic Blended Learning Champion and will be part of the Faculty's Student Education Service Management team, reporting to the Faculty Education Service Manager. You will work collaboratively with others in the management team to ensure the Student Education Service is effectively managed across the faculty to deal with workload peaks across the academic calendar and to deliver SES priorities, with a focus on digital learning.

You will have responsibility for the effective operation of the Faculty Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) pages and will provide practical support, training and guidance to enable Faculty members to utilise fully the functionality of the University's VLE and to take advantage of other learning technologies, such as lecture capture, videos, podcasts, animations, interactive teaching resources etc. to enhance learning and teaching within the Faculty.

This exciting role will suit a dynamic individual with the ability to work across a broad range of social and physical science based disciplines; with e-learning expertise; and excellent interpersonal, administrative and organisational skills.

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Clare Ingle, Faculty Education Service Manager, tel +44 (0) 113 343 5204, email: c.a.ingle(at)

Closing Date: 4 May 2015

Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow in Energy/Ecological Economics
Ref: ENVEE1043

Full time, fixed term for 36 months available from 1 April 2015 

Job sharing arrangements can be considered 

You will join the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), a £17m investment by the Research Council?s UK Energy Programme in interdisciplinary energy research spanning 15 universities. UKERC is the UK?s flagship centre undertaking whole systems energy research, with a strong history of policy impact with the UK Government. It also acts as the gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. 

The University of Leeds forms one of the core partners for the third five year phase of the Centre, and heads one of the four themes. The theme is entitled “Energy, Economy and Society” and is led by Professor John Barrett. It focuses on interactions between the UK energy system and the UK economy and examines the potential implications for policies, markets and prices and affordability. The theme addresses fundamental questions relevant to energy policy in the UK, such as our ability to achieve a low carbon society in a growing economy where past trends show no absolute decoupling between energy demand and growth. To make informed decisions on energy and climate policy, a detailed understanding of the relationship between energy, the economy, business and innovation and society as a whole is required. Without this understanding, policy could be developed in a vacuum with a poor appreciation of the underlying drivers of energy demand, the relationship between innovation and finance, and the distributional effects of energy policy on society. 

You will be joining the research team of Professor John Barrett and Professor Peter Taylor who both have a long history in applied and policy relevant research in the field of sustainable consumption and production modelling and climate policy. 

You will have a PhD (or be close to obtaining a PhD for appointment at Grade 7) or have equivalent experience in a relevant discipline; e.g. Sustainable consumption and production, input-output modelling, energy economics, ecological economics, econometrics. Please see the person specification criteria for full details. 

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.) or University Grade 8 (£38,511 – £45,954 p.a.). Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above Grade 8 salary spine point 38 (£39,685). 

Inf Closing Date: 14 May 2015 

Formal enquiries to Professor John Barrett, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2394, email j.r.barrett(at)

Research Fellow in Energy, Material and Climate Policy

Fixed term for 24 months, starting 1 November 2015

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

Ref: ENVEE1044

Research: Quantitative assessment of materials and energy policy - assessing the implications of introducing EU and UK policy in the field of material and energy policy.

You will join a Research Council centre called UK INDEMAND which is a five year initiative to reduce the UK's energy demand through changing our demand of materials and products across the whole supply chain. Within UK INDEMAND your primary role is to assess the introduction of economy wide policies to deliver energy demand reduction from both a whole systems macro perspective and within individual sectors. This is based on the idea that to reduce energy demand of the UK, we must take a broader perspective than just the energy system, considering the indirect energy implications of lifestyle choices.

You will use a range of quantitative modelling approaches to assess both policies at the EU and UK level. These are likely to include the introduction of economy wide energy demand targets identifying how changes need to be made across the whole economy, adjustments to existing standards and policies in construction and car policy, and the introduction of mandatory warranties for consumer products. In addition, the role will involve the modelling of material flows within the EU and integrate the data introduction existing models being developed by the research team. This could involve applying a range of different methodological approaches such as material flows, input-output modelling, econometric modelling as well as qualitative approaches to assess the attitudes and behaviours of key policy stakeholders. The post will also involve close collaborations within the centre and with other EUED centres.

You will have a problem-orientated approach to research as opposed to being devoted to the development of a specific methodology. You will have a strong desire to engage extensively with key stakeholders as well as working closely with the modellers in developing viable scenario narratives and policy options. This will result in an understanding of the levers, potential mechanisms, and feasibility of demand side tools and policies. You will have a PhD in a related area (or be close to obtaining a PhD) or equivalent relevant experience demonstrating an interdisciplinary approach to problem orientated research.

You will be joining the research team of Professor John Barrett who has a long history in applied and policy relevant research in the field of sustainable consumption and production modelling and climate policy.

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor John Barrett, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2394, email j.r.barrett(at)

Closing Date: 19 May 2015

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Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Head of new Centre for Expertise on Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC)

Full time - job sharing arrangements can be considered

Ref: ENVEE1047

The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) within the School of Earth and Environment is one of the UK's largest and most diverse institutes for atmospheric research, making fundamental advances in our understanding of climate change, weather, air pollution, and impacts on our planet and society. ICAS has over 30 academic staff and about 100 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

The Centre for Expertise on Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) is a major new venture to substantially enhance the research, teaching, impact and outreach capabilities of the institute related to computer modelling, data and visualisation. The use and development of advanced models of weather, climate and air pollution in ICAS is extraordinarily broad and ambitious. We conduct modelling of complex processes in atmospheric physics and chemistry using a range of platforms from local clusters to the largest High Performance Computing facilities. ICAS's research feeds into international assessments such as the IPCC and we work very closely with many UK and international research institutions and with the Met Office developing their models for climate projections and high-impact weather prediction.

The overall ambition of CEMAC is to create a support and expertise team for models and data across atmospheric and climate research and teaching, that will rival the best international examples of how model and data support is organised in computing-intensive research institutions.

We are seeking to appoint a high calibre Head of CEMAC to implement and lead the new Centre. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of operating within fast moving complex research computing environments. You will have a First degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in an appropriate technical, scientific, or engineering discipline, ideally with a strong software engineering component. You must be able to demonstrate previous success in developing and maintaining operational systems and software focused on responding to the needs of diverse users.

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.

Further details concerning the School, its research activities and structure are available on our Web site 

University Grade 9 (£47,328 - £54,841 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to the Director of ICAS, Professor Ken Carslaw, email k.s.carslaw(at), tel +44 (0)113 343 1597

Closing Date: 19 May 2015

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Institute of Geophysics & Tectonics

Research Fellow in Geodynamics and Structural Geology

Full time - 2 years fixed term to commence as soon as possible

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

Ref: ENVEE1046

The School has a strong international research profile integrating the geological and geophysical sciences, with particular strengths in applied structural. You will work on a project funded by the Basin Structure Group research consortium that will investigate the processes involved in lithospheric extension. The focus of the industry funded research group is to understand better the geometry and evolution of continental rifting, continental break-up, and passive margin development. Fundamental to this is the integration of seismic-stratigraphy, tectono-sedimentary interaction and basin analysis.

You will have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) and post-doctoral research experience in basin analysis and tectono-sedimentation, good communication skills and experience of delivering research results to industry partners. The ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment will also be required. You will be expected to publish research papers and to present your research at national and international meetings.

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £ 37,394 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Douglas Paton, tel +44 (0)113 343 5238, email d.a.paton(at) 

Closing Date: 6 May 2015

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