School of Earth and Environment

Job Vacancies

Positions available in the School of Earth and Environment

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Research Administrator

Part time - 50% of the Full Time Equivalent / 17.5 hours per week

Fixed Term for 2 years

Ref: ENVEE1035

The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) and the Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) provide the UK with core strategic research programmes in the exploitation of satellite measurements to study the Earth's cryosphere and geohazards. The directorships of CPOM and COMET are based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, and the centres are distributed around 8 universities across the UK. Both centres receive long-term strategic funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, and their work is in partnership with the British Geological Survey, the British Antarctic Survey, the National Oceanography Centre, the National Centre for Earth Observation, and the UK Met Office. The combined annual research income of CPOM and COMET is around £2.6 million.

The £2.8m NERC-funded "Look inside the continents from Space" (LiCS) project meanwhile involves several COMET scientists who will use satellite measurements to revolutionize our knowledge of how continents deform, how strain accumulates during the earthquake cycle, and how seismic hazard is distributed. They aim to understand how the continents deform in space and time, and how this is controlled by 3D spatial variations in the strength of the lithosphere.

We are seeking a versatile person to provide high quality, flexible administrative support for both research centres along with the LiCs project to help them deliver their scientific objectives.

You will work closely with key managerial, academic and research staff in both CPOM and COMET to fulfil a range of functions including secretariat support for meetings, event organisation, coordinating travel and accommodation arrangements, monitoring progress on contract and budget issues and assisting with website development and maintenance. You will also be expected to support the centre and project communications strategies, including developing website content and printed material. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and the ability to work independently to plan and prioritise your own workload. You will have experience of working with financial information/budgets, and a background in project support. You will also be a team player who can build effective working relationships with academic, research and other staff at both Leeds and with our partner organisations.

University Grade 5 (£21,391 - £24,775 p.a. pro-rata)

Informal enquiries may be made to Debbie Rosen, CPOM/COMET General Manager, tel +44 (0)113 343 1325, email d.z.rosen(at)leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date: 31 January 2015

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Sustainability Research Institute
Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

Communications Officer

Part-time, 60% of the Full Time Equivalent

Fixed Term Post available from 1 February 2015 - September 2018

Ref: ENVEE1031

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated communications professional to join the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. CCCEP is a joint research centre of the University of Leeds and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Bringing together some of the world's leading researchers on climate change economics and policy, its aim is to advance private and public action on climate change.

Working closely with CCCEP's management team and the LSE-based communications team, you will help develop and implement the Centre's impact strategy and its associated annual impact and communications plans by: (i) supporting and developing activity which promotes a continual two-way dialogue with research and non-research communities; (ii) facilitating extensive engagement with wider audiences; (iii) facilitating intensive engagement by the Centre's researchers; (iv) facilitating formal engagement with decision-makers and other stakeholders and (v) facilitating informal engagement, by building on the extensive network of contacts that have been developed to date.

The role will include developing key messages from each CCCEP (Leeds) research project and working with the researchers to communicate them effectively through a broad range of media, including CCCEP's website (news stories, working papers), special publications (briefing notes, policy briefs), academic publications and mainstream and social media. You will also provide support for the wide range of events CCCEP (Leeds) hosts, from expert workshops to large public debates and academic seminars, taking a lead on promotion including where relevant, media coverage. In addition to coordinating CCCEP (Leeds)' external communications, you will ensure that communications across the CCCEP (Leeds) and between CCCEP and the wider University, support and promote CCCEP's work.

More information about CCCEP can be found here http://www.cccep.ac.uk/Home.aspx 

The University 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 made to Margo Hanson, Research Manager - Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability, email M.Hanson(at)leeds.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 11 January 2015

Interviews are expected to be held on 27 January 2015

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Scientific Programmer and Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry Processing (InSAR) Facility Manager

Fixed term until 31 March 2019

Ref: ENVEE1024


The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) and the Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) are seeking to recruit an experienced scientific programmer to support and manage our InSAR facility and join their active and ambitious research teams.

CPOM and COMET provide the UK with core strategic research programmes in the exploitation of satellite measurements to study the Earth's cryosphere and geohazards. The directorships of CPOM and COMET are based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, and the centres are distributed around 8 universities across the UK. Both centres receive long-term strategic funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, and their work is in partnership with the British Geological Survey (BGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), and the UK Met Office. The combined annual research income of CPOM and COMET is around £2.6 million.

Both centres use state-of-the-art Earth observation techniques in their research, including Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR). In this role, you will develop and manage an automated InSAR processing facility for both CPOM and COMET in collaboration with the existing scientific teams. This is a particularly important role in the light of the launch of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite in April 2014 and resulting increase in the availability, volume, frequency and quality of Earth observation data.

Although based at the heart of the CPOM and COMET teams in Leeds, you will also support scientists across our partner universities to access and utilise the InSAR facility. In addition, you will liaise with partner institutions such as BGS, BAS, NCEO and the Met Office on the acquisition and processing of InSAR data. You will also work closely with the Facility for Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space (CEMS) based at Harwell, where the computational infrastructure is based.

You will have strong programming skills and either experience of developing, or the ability to develop, methods for processing InSAR data. In addition, you will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for scientific research and problem-solving, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

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

Informal enquiries may be made to the CPOM and COMET Directors, Professor Andy Shepherd, tel +44 (0)113 343 9014, email a.shepherd(at)leeds.ac.uk or Professor Tim Wright, tel +44 (0)113 343 5258, email t.j.wright(at)leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date: 31 January 2015

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The Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics 

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Antarctic Seismology 

3 years fixed term, commencing 1 July 2015

Ref: ENVEE1036 

The Institute has a strong international research profile in the geophysical sciences, with particular strengths in seismology and tectonophysics. You will work on a new project funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, aimed at determining the lithospheric structure in West Antarctica to evidence models of glacial isostatic adjustment.

You should be able to commence by 1 July 2015 or as soon as practicable thereafter. 

You will have a PhD (or be very close to submission) in seismology or a closely related area, good communication skills, ability to work as part of a team, and familiarity with theory and practice of modern data processing techniques used in broad-band seismology. Management of a large database will be required, together with probably 2 field seasons in West Antarctica. You will be expected to publish research papers and to present your research at national and international meetings. 

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 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.) 

The salary spine point is subject to external funding conditions which will limit the salary to £33,242 p.a. 


Information about the School can be found at: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk  

Informal enquiries to Prof Graham Stuart, tel +44 (0)113 343 5217, email G.W.Stuart(at)leeds.ac.uk  

Closing Date: 1.3.2015 

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Sustainability Research Institute 

Lecturer in Sustainable Business and Stakeholder Engagement 

Ref: ENVEE1032

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with expertise in sustainable business and project management who also has an extensive industrial network. This post will support the continued innovation and excellence of MSc programmes, identify opportunities for research collaboration, contribute to high quality teaching and help drive the funding and recruitment of high quality PhD students. 

Your research interests should focus on change management strategies and operations of businesses and organisations towards sustainability. You will contribute to the work of the Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies (BOSS) research group, which has developed a reputation for sustainability research on behaviour change instigated by large corporations (e.g. Asda and Unilever), public sector institutes (e.g. NHS) and small/social enterprises (e.g. domestic installers) with respect to employees, consumers, global suppliers and local communities. You will exploit opportunities from one or more of the University‟s interdisciplinary strategic research themes (health, water, food, energy, culture and cities) by enhancing interdisciplinary research across the School and University. 

With over 35 academic staff, 30 research staff and 50 PhD students, the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) forms a substantial part of one of the strongest Schools of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the UK. Research in SRI spans environmental social sciences and combines social and natural sciences in leading-edge, interdisciplinary research. SRI staff also lead successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on different dimensions 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/sri

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.) 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor William Young (Co-Director of the Sustainability Research Institute), email c.w.young(at)leeds.ac.uk, or Dr Sally Russell (Leader of the Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group), email S.Russell(at)leeds.ac.uk  

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Sustainability Research Institute 

Lecturer / Associate Professor in Business and Sustainable Change 

Ref: ENVEE1033

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated environmental social scientist with a focus on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility and sustainable change research to develop and enhance links with industry and organisations. The post will lead the MSc Sustainability (Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility) programme, which is delivered jointly with Leeds University Business School. 

Your research should focus on managing the change of the strategies and operations of business and organisations towards sustainability. You will contribute to the work of the Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group (BOSS), which has developed a reputation for sustainability research on behaviour change instigated by large corporations (e.g. Asda and Unilever), public sector institutes (e.g. NHS) and small/social enterprises (e.g. domestic installers) with respect to employees, consumers, global suppliers and local communities. You will exploit opportunities from one or more of the University‟s interdisciplinary strategic research themes (health, water, food, energy, culture and cities) by enhancing interdisciplinary research across the School and University. 

You should have a PhD, research and teaching experience and publication track record relevant to the area and grade of the appointment. 

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

Lecturer: University Grade 8 (£38,511 - £45,954 p.a.) 

Associate Professor: University Grade 9 (£47,238 - £54,841 p.a.) 


Informal enquiries may be made to Professor William Young (Co-Director of the Sustainability Research Institute), email c.w.young(at)leeds.ac.uk, or Dr Sally Russell (Leader of the Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group), email S.Russell(at)leeds.ac.uk  

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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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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: 30 April 2015

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