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

Research Fellow in Saharan Dust Uplift
Ref: ENVEE1000

Fixed term for 10 months to commence 1 December 2014 or as soon as practicable thereafter

You will contribute to ongoing research on African meteorology and dust, with the focus of the project on dust uplift processes over the Sahara desert. You will use a range of observational data to better understand processes and confront models.

The work is integrated in an ongoing research initiative 'Desert Storms' at the University of Leeds that is funded through a European Research Council Starting Grant and aims at understanding winds generating dust uplift and developing parameterisations for peak-wind generation to be used in climate and dust models.

You will aid in the supervision of research students, to publish research papers, and to present your research at national and international meetings.

The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) is one of the world leading centres for research on the meteorology and climate of West Africa. You will join an enthusiastic and motivated School, which aims to achieve the highest standards in its research and teaching.

You will have a PhD (or be close to submitting your PhD) in some aspect of meteorology or atmospheric science, experience with the modelling and using observational data, analysis and visualisation of atmospheric datasets, good communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Experience with programming on a UNIX/Linux operating system is essential.

Information about the School can be found at http://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.

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

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr John Marsham, tel +44 (0)113 343 8668, email, J.Marsham(at)leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 4 November 2014


Graduate Assistant / PhD Research Student
Geological Sciences
Ref: ENVEE1017

40% of full time equivalent, with a part time PhD amounting to full time.
Fixed term for 5 years.

Available from the 1 January 2015

This position combines registration for a 0.6 full time equivalent part-time PhD by research with a 0.4 full time equivalent part-time role in the School's learning and teaching activities, amounting to a full time position overall. In line with the length of a part time PhD, this post is fixed term for 5 years. All PhD registration fees at the EU/UK level will be met by the school for this 5 year period. The salary will be topped up with a maintenance grant resulting in typical take-home pay in the region of £17,000 per annum (subject to changes in HMRC taxation legislation).

As a highly motivated individual aiming for a career in Earth Science, you will contribute to the research-led undergraduate Geological Sciences teaching and administration of the School and the University whilst studying for a PhD. You should have an outstanding first degree and/or an excellent Masters degree in geology or related discipline, with a strong interest in, and aptitude for, the core disciplines of geological sciences.

You will be a member of one of our research institutes and your research topic can be within any discipline in the broad area of Geological or Geophysical Sciences and that can be supported by the staff and facilities of the School within the geoscience-facing research groups.

You will be able to develop a PhD topic of mutual interest to yourself and members of staff or choose to further develop one of a range of PhD outline proposals listed on the relevant web page.

Applicants should write a proposal (see http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/admissions-and≠study/research-degrees/your-project-at-see/) on their preferred area of research, accompanying their standard application and a current CV. The specific details of the research programme to be followed can be discussed at the time of interview.

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 recognize 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 6 (£25,513- £30,434 p.a. pro-rata.)

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Simon Bottrell, email S.Bottrell(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 5228. Interviews are expected to be held on or around the beginning of December

Closing Date: 19 November 2014


Academic Research Fellow

Ref: ENVEE1022

The School of Earth and Environment seeks to appoint an Academic Research Fellow to strengthen its world-leading research profile across the Earth and Environmental Sciences. An Academic Research Fellowship provides the opportunity for a researcher with outstanding potential to establish an independent academic career and will include a core student education role throughout the Fellowship.  These posts are available for a period of five years with the expectation of progressing to an established academic post subject to meeting probationary targets. 

You will have an excellent research track record in any area of Earth and Environmental Science or Environmental Social Science together with the vision and drive to develop a prestigious research portfolio. Working collaboratively across a number of disciplines, you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and profile of research at Leeds. We will support the fellow in fostering new interdisciplinary collaborations within the school and across the university, for example through major university initiatives on water, food security and energy research.

Applicants with expertise in areas of Earth and Environmental Science that are in line with the School's existing research excellence are invited to apply.

The University of Leedsí 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.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Ruth Lawford-Rolfe, tel +44 (0)113 343 5685, email R.Lawford-Rolfe(at)leeds.ac.uk

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Faculty of Environment

School of Earth and Environment

Sustainability Research Institute (SRI)

Research Fellow in Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods

Ref: ENVEE1020

Two years fixed term from 1 January 2015

This role provides the opportunity for collaborative research working as part of the successful Environment and Development research group within SRI linked with academic, policy and NGO partners across southern Africa. 

The focus initially will be in Malawi and Zambia and will involve the assessment of the ecosystem services and livelihoods impacts of conservation agriculture projects that aim to promote climate change adaptation and mitigation within smallholder farming systems. Travel to, and field research in, other parts of southern Africa may also be required.  

The post links to an ongoing programme of research co-ordinated by Professor Andy Dougill with this post funded by the University for a period of 2 years as support for his role as the Dean of Faculty. It will also link to ongoing research as part of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. The role will include a component of teaching support for two undergraduate modules (SOEE1460 and SOEE2371), providing the opportunity to build teaching, research, communication and project management skills.

Your qualifications and experience will include a solid honours and mastersí degree followed by a PhD in a relevant Environment / Development related discipline and experience in participatory and interdisciplinary research on farming systems and livelihoods, preferably in a developing world context.  Experience of research in sub-Saharan Africa as well as both qualitative and quantitative research techniques is desirable.

The University of Leedsí 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 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Andy Dougill, tel +44 (0)113 343 6782, email a.j.dougill@leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date 12 November 2014

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School of Earth and Environment
Institute of Applied Geosciences

Lecturer in Exploration Geophysics

Ref: ENVEE1016 

We seek an enthusiastic academic who will conduct world-class research and teaching in the broad field of exploration geophysics. As part of the Applied Geophysics Group you will help lead our highly successful MSc Exploration Geophysics programme, which has been running for over 49 years. With a PhD in a relevant area of geophysics, you will contribute to the delivery and development of the postgraduate and undergraduate teaching programme in exploration and applied geophysics.

Research within the Applied Geophysics Group focuses on improving the theory and practice of geophysical techniques for subsurface energy, engineering and environmental problems. We have strong collaborative links with the hydrocarbon and mining sector, as well as have strong links with related research groups both in the UK and abroad. We use a range of forward modelling, experimental and observational techniques, and work on problems that range in size from that of a core scale rock physics to basin scale tectonics. Specialist areas of expertise in geophysics include seismic modelling, monitoring and processing, gravity and magnetics, and cryosphere geophysics.

The University of Leedsí 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 8 (£38,511 - £45,954 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Doug Angus tel +44 (0)113 343 1326, email: D.A.Angus(at)leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date: 11 November 2014

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Faculty of Environment
Health and Safety Officer

Fixed term of 3 years

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated non-bureaucratic individual with an interest in Health and Safety to further improve the Health and Safety Standards in a diverse and exciting Faculty, to train/work as a Health and Safety Officer.

You will be responsible for assisting the Faculty Health and Safety Manager in the proactive operational management of health and safety within the Faculty of Environment supporting teaching and research activities.

You will also be responsible for the co-ordination of safety related personnel and assisting in ensuring compliance with legislation and University policy on health and safety matters across the Faculty (allocation of areas to be determined on appointment).

You will have excellent written, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to positively influence others. You will also have experience of interpreting and applying health and safety legislation and will demonstrate a flexible and non-bureaucratic approach to work.

University Grade 7 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.) with scope to appoint at Training Grade 6 (£25,513 - £30,434 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Sarah Burdall s.e.burdall(at)leeds.ac.uk tel +44 (0)113 343 8042.

Closing Date: 22 October 2014

Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 11 November 2014

Ref: ENVFO1001

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National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)

water@leeds Research Fellow in Moist Convection and Future Rainfall
Ref: ENVEE1001

Fixed term 36 months, available from 1 December 2014

Predicting future rainfall is a global priority for atmospheric science, but until now attempts have been hampered by the inability to model the rain-generating moist convection over large enough domains and long enough periods to allow the convection to interact with larger scales. Recent advances in computing have now made this possible, opening up an exciting field of opportunities.

We require an independent, creative and enthusiastic postdoctoral research scientist, who is keen to develop understanding of projections of future rainfall, studying how moist convection interacts with larger-scale flows, the implications for projections and the implications for modelling convection. The researcher will be part of Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) and water@leeds and linked to the National Centre of Atmospheric Science (NCAS) via the Principle Investigator (PI) John Marsham, as well as the Met Office via the University's academic partnership. Part of this post (10%) would be dedicated to supporting interdisciplinary initiatives across water@leeds and supporting the delivery of water@leeds strategy.

The core research objective is to develop a better understanding of how the representation of convection in models affects predictions of rainfall and use this to improve predictions of rainfall under climate change. The project would initially focus on tropical regions, building from expertise in this area. The core water@leeds strategy support would involve developing new interdisciplinary links across campus and supporting major interdisciplinary funding bids. The research will involve working with others across ICAS, NCAS and the Met Office, requiring excellent communication skills.

ICAS is one of the world leading centres for research on the atmospheric science, meteorology and climate. water@leeds is an inter-disciplinary hub for water research, the largest interdisciplinary water research centre in any university in the world, where for many projections of rainfall are a key uncertainty. You will join an enthusiastic and motivated School, which aims to achieve the highest standards in its research and teaching.

You will have a PhD (or be close to submitting) in some aspect of meteorology or atmospheric science, experience with numerical modelling and using observational data, analysis and visualisation of atmospheric datasets. Experience with programming on a UNIX/Linux operating system is essential. You will analyse data and simulations, running new major new simulations, and be able to contribute to field campaigns. You will publish high quality science in international journals and have excellent team work and communication skills. You will be encouraged to contribute to proposal development and it is anticipated that this post could be extended if suitable funding were available.

Information about water@leeds can be found at www.wateratleeds.org and information about the School of Earth and Environment at http://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.

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

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr John Marsham, tel +44 (0)113 343 6422, email, J.Marsham@leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 20/10/2014


Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

School of Chemistry

Faculty of Environment

School of Earth and Environment

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Fixed term for 36 months, available immediately

Research Project: Control of Crystal Nucleation on Surfaces

Ref: ENVEE1010 

This position is one of two postdoctoral positions funded by a £1 million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant to study crystal nucleation from vapour, from liquid and from solution on surfaces.  State-of-the-art techniques will be used to fabricate nanoscale surface features such as pits, grooves and trenches with undercuts.  The project will relate the density and rate of crystallisation of different substances to the type of feature and will use these findings to establish criteria for the design of good nucleants, or crystallisation promoters.  The breadth of the experiments will  establish the extent to which optimisation of nucleation by surface features differs between vapour, liquid and solution and the differences between systems of simple organic molecules, water, and inorganic salts (electrolytes).

You will work as part of a collaborative team involving researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Chemistry and the School of Earth and Environment.  You must hold, or have submitted a thesis for an experimental PhD degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related discipline, and have experience in experimental research on crystallisation. The ability and willingness to travel overseas and attend conferences is also essential.

The University of Leedsí 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.

Candidates may also wish to consider the post of Research Fellow in Control of Crystal Nucleation on Surfaces ref MAPPA1000

University Grade 625,513 to £30,434 p.a.) or University Grade 7 (£31,342 to £37,394 p.a.) depending upon qualifications and relevant experience. The salary spine point is subject to external funding conditions which will limit the starting salary to £31,342 p.a.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Hugo Christenson, email h.k.christenson(at)leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date:19th October 2014

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Faculty of Environment

Student Education Service

Student Education Service Officer (Admissions)

Ref: ENVFO1000

Fixed term until 30 September 2016

You will be a motivated individual who will support student education processes, assisting with the provision of an admissions service for students and staff.

You will work as part of the Admissions Team within the Faculty of Environment, initially providing support to the Undergraduate Admissions section. You will be educated to GCSE level or equivalent (including Mathematics and English at grade C or above). You should possess a sound working knowledge of databases, excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to the field of Admissions.

You will be highly organised and able to work collaboratively. You will have good communication, team working and IT skills with a commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience.

You will be joining the Admissions team at an exciting time as the University implements a new dynamic Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system which will enhance the student experience from the application stage onwards.

University Grade 418,031 - £20,781 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Paul Matthews, tel +44 (0)113 343 8667, email p.matthews(at)leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 30 September 2014

Interviews are expected to be held on 10 October 2014

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Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
Research Fellow: Atmospheric Chemistry-Aerosol Modelling

Ref: ENVEE1002

Fixed term for 6 months

You will undertake model testing and research into atmospheric chemistry. Researchers in Leeds maintain and use the TOMCAT-GLOMAP off-line 3-D chemical-aerosol model. Recent work has developed a new model core (e.g. updated Fortran, dynamics, diagnostics). You will test the implementation of an updated tropospheric chemistry-aerosol scheme in this new version of the model.

You should have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a relevant branch of atmospheric science chemical modelling .e.g. atmospheric composition, climate science, land-surface modelling. You will have proven experience in numerical programming with Fortran, the TOMCAT 3-D model, data visualisation using IDL and experience with Linux operating systems.

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

Please note that it is likely that the appointment will be made at no higher than £31,342 p.a. as there are funding limitations which dictate the starting level at which the appointment can be made.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Martyn Chipperfield, tel +44 (0)113 343 6459, email m.chipperfield(at)see.leeds.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 30th September 2014

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Lecturer / Associate Professor in Ecological Economics

Job ref: ENVEE0250

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: 30th September 2014  

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