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 of Geophysics and Tectonics

Lecturer or Associate Professor in Structural Geology/Tectonics

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We seek an enthusiastic academic to conduct world-class research and PhD training with a specialisation of either regional-scale structural geology, active tectonics or mountain belt deformation processes. You will contribute to the delivery and development of the Geological Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programme in structural geology.

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.

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies.

University Grade 8 (37,756 - 45,053 p.a.) or University Grade 9 (46,400 - 53,765 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Graham Stuart, tel +44 (0) 113 343 5217, email G.W.Stuart(at)leeds.ac.uk or Dr. Geoffrey Lloyd, tel +44 (0) 113 343 5209, email G.E.Lloyd(at)leeds.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 28 July 2014

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Lecturer / Associate Professor in Ecological Economics

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated ecological economist with relevant water-related research interests to develop and enhance links across water@leeds and to key stakeholders. You will be able to apply socio-economic analysis, valuation and/or modelling techniques to understand water and other environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. You should have a PhD, research experience and publication track record relevant to the area and grade of the appointment. We particularly welcome candidates with the ability to bridge analysis and policy, and build research with relevant business and public sector stakeholders.

The Economics and Policy Research Group within the Sustainability Research Institute at Leeds has a strong track record in applying a range of economic approaches to understand energy and climate change, water and other environmental issues, as well as exploring the wider relationships between environmental limits, human well-being and the economy. The Group consists of 20 academic and research staff and over 25 PhD students. This is an opportunity to join a team that directly influences international and national policy, and bring new approaches to analyse the economy, water and environment. The team participates in a number of large interdisciplinary national research centres (CCCEP, UKERC, iBUILD, UK INDEMAND), leading to excellent opportunities for developing collaborative research.

Further details concerning the School of Earth and Environment and the Sustainability Research Institute can be found at www.see.leeds.ac.uk, while information about water@leeds, the largest interdisciplinary water research centre in any university in the world, can be found at www.wateratleeds.org.

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.

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies.

Lecturer: University Grade 8 (38,511 - 45,594 p.a.)

Associate Professor: University Grade 9 (47,328 - 54,841 p.a.)

(Salaries quoted include pay increase effective from 1 August 2014)

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Lindsay Stringer (Director of the Sustainability Research Institute), email l.stringer(at)leeds.ac.uk, or Professor Jouni Paavola, email j.paavola(at)leeds.ac.uk, or Professor Joseph Holden (Director of water@leeds) email j.holden(at)leeds.ac.uk 

Closing date: 20 August 2014  

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Lecturer in Climate Change and Food Security

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated academic to extend and build on our research excellence on Food Security and Climate Change related challenges. You should have a PhD, research and teaching experience and a publication track record relevant to the area and grade of the appointment.

The post will be based in the Environment and Development Research group in SRI and strengthen links to the Climate Impacts group in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (ICAS) and to Sustainable Agriculture and Food initiatives across the University. Opportunities exist for links to current research as part of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (http://www.cccep.ac.uk/) and the Met Office Academic Partnership (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/partnership).

The post will be based in the Sustainability Research Institute which conducts internationally-leading, problem-oriented interdisciplinary research and teaching on environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. Further details concerning the School of Earth and Environment and the Sustainability Research Institute can be found at www.see.leeds.ac.uk.

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.

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies.

University Grade 8 (38,511 - 45,954 p.a.) (includes pay increase effective from 1 August 2014)

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Andy Dougill, email a.j.dougill(at)leeds.ac.uk, or to Professor Andy Challinor, email a.j.challinor(at)leeds.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 11 August 2014

(Redeployment Closing Date: 14 July 2014)

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Research Fellow
Ref: ENVEE0246

Fixed term for 3 years to commence 1 September 2014 or as soon as practicable thereafter

You will work on a UK Natural Environment Research Council funded project "R3AW: Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes". The project is part of larger consortium involving the Universities of Hull, Newcastle, Huddersfield and Cardiff, and industrial partnerships with Tata Steel Europe, The Minerals Industry Research Organisation, Bureau Veritas and Link2Energy. The Leeds Fellow will determine the biogeochemical mechanisms that lead to enhanced leaching rates of e-tech metals from alkaline waste residues.

The overall aim of the consortium is to provide fundamental improvements in understanding of alkaline biogeochemistry to develop predictable, passive remediation and e-tech metal recovery technologies for globally significant alkaline waste streams and develop a framework for their effective deployment. Therefore the R3AW consortium combines expertise from natural sciences, engineering and social sciences to achieve this broad aim. A core aspect of this work will be to understand the geochemical reactions controlling metal leaching from alkaline wastes and the role of microbial processes in enhancing in situ weathering rates. Therefore, the Leeds fellow will conduct a series of lab scale tests to determine the kinetics of the leaching process and to characterise the underpinning processes involved. The project will initially focus on iron and steel making wastes, but will also consider other alkaline generating wastes.

You will have a PhD in Environmental Geochemistry/Mineralogy, Inorganic Chemistry, or Material Sciences/Engineering, preferably including training in aqueous (geo)chemistry and solid phase characterisation methods (e.g. XRD, electron microscopy or synchrotron based methods). We welcome prior experience in working under anaerobic conditions, good laboratory experimental skills and excellent communication skills as well as proven ability to work as part of a team. Additional experience of environmental microbiological methods is also helpful. You will be expected to publish research papers and to present your research at national and international meetings, and interact closely with the consortium partners.

Further details concerning the School, its research activities and structure are available on our Web site http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/

University Grade 7 (30,728- 36,661 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Ian Burke, tel +44 (0)113 343 7532 - email: I.T.Burke(at)leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date: 16 July 2014


School of Earth and Environment

Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Research Fellow in Global Modelling of Dust Chemistry

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Fixed term for 1 year

This position is part of a collaboration between geochemists and atmospheric modellers in the School of Earth and Environment. The aim of the project is to determine how phosphorus is liberated from minerals in airborne dust particles during chemical ageing in the atmosphere. The conversion of phosphorus minerals to soluble forms during atmospheric transport may be a key process controlling how this important nutrient becomes available to marine biota.

You will be involved in the implementation of new laboratory kinetic data into a global aerosol model and simulation of how the understandings affect the deposition of soluble phosphorus into the ocean. New geochemical measurements have already been made in Leeds Cohen laboratories. You will work with the geochemistry experts to incorporate these new results in the global aerosol model. The research will involve development of new approaches to simulating in the model how the interaction of dust particles with chemical components in the model releases soluble phosphorus. The modified model will then be used to assess the global impact of these new chemical mechanisms. The modelling part of the research project is led by Prof Ken Carslaw, in collaboration with Prof Michael Krom.

You will have a PhD (or close to submission) and expertise in a relevant area of atmospheric modelling or chemical simulation. You will be able to demonstrate commitment to publication of original results at an international level.

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.

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies.

University Grade 7 (30,728 - 36,661 p.a.)

Informal enquiries to Prof Ken Carslaw, email k.s.carslaw(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 1597.

Closing Date: 4 July 2014

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Research Fellow in Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol Modelling

Ref: ENVEE0244

Fixed term for 24 months

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced researcher in atmospheric chemistry modelling to investigate oxidant and aerosol processing in the remote marine atmosphere as part of the Natural Environment Research Council

(NERC) funded Oceanic Reactive Carbon: chemistry-climate impacts (ORC3) project. The project is led by the University of Leeds in collaboration with the University of York, and aims to quantify contributions from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the marine atmosphere to oxidant budgets and organic aerosol, and the resultant implications for climate.

Two field campaigns are taking place as part of this project in early and late summer 2014 at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) Cape Verde observatory, during which new observations of terpenoid and oxygenated VOCs, as well as a suite of additional atmospheric composition and meteorological observations, will be made in the tropical Atlantic marine boundary layer over intensive 1-month periods. Observations of species such as monoterpenes and glyoxal will contribute to a severely limited database worldwide of remote marine measurements of these compounds. The aim is to integrate observations from the Cape Verde campaigns with global and box modelling studies to improve our understanding of the roles of these compounds in remote marine oxidant budgets and aerosol formation. Working closely with the Principal and Co-Investigators and project partner teams you will carry out and analyse numerical model simulations of tropospheric chemistry, alongside analysis of observations from Cape Verde, ship cruises and satellite platforms.

You will be a self-motivated individual with the ability to take responsibility for the delivery of key components of the research project. You will have (or be close to submission) a PhD in atmospheric science, and have a strong record of research in atmospheric chemistry or aerosol. You will have experience with numerical models of atmospheric composition and data visualisation, as well as excellent communication skills, written and verbal, and proven organisational skills. You will be expected to show demonstrable commitment to publication of original results at an international level.

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. The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies.

University Grade 7 (30,728 - 36,661) p.a.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Steve Arnold Tel +44 (0)113 343 7245, email s.arnold(at)leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 4 July 2014

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