School of Earth and Environment

Job Vacancies

Positions available in the School of Earth and Environment

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Earth Surface Science Institute and Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Research Fellow - Project Black and Bloom
Ref: ENVEE1095

Fixed term for 4 years

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

You will work as part of a UK Natural Environment Research Council funded Large Grant Project Black and Bloom (Microbial processes darken and accelerate the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet). Black and Bloom is a collaborative grant between the Universities of Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, and Aberystwyth and various international partners. The main research work will be carried out by four PDRA's and several PhD students at the various partner institutions. The prime aim of Black and Bloom is to quantify they key inorganic and biological contributions that accelerate melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Our hypothesis is that microbes that thrive and bloom on melting snow and ice surfaces darken the ice sheet surface and as a consequence melting is accelerated.

The research project based in Leeds is led by Liane G. Benning and Jim McQuaid and its focus is on molecular level quantification of allochthonous materials found on snow and ice on the Greenland Ice Sheet using state-of-the-art microscopic, mass spectrometric and spectroscopic techniques. Over the 4 years of the post, several month long field campaigns to Greenland as well as at least two 1-3 month secondments to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany for detailed analyses will be a critical part of this role.

You will have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) and research experience in a relevant area of geochemistry, with a strong track record in microscopy and micro-spectroscopic characterizations of geomaterials and documented skills in state-of-the-art solid and aqueous chemical analytical techniques. 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

University Grade 7 (£31,656 - £37,768 p.a.)

Informal enquiries to Professor Liane G. Benning, email l.g.benning(at), tel +44 (0)113 343 5220

Closing Date: 15 March 2016

Research Fellow in Decision-Making Under Climate Uncertainty

Fixed term for 24 months, available from June 2016

Job share arrangements can be considered

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a researcher to conduct research on decision-making under climate uncertainty in Malawi. This position is funded by a NERC/DFID (Natural Environment Research Council/Department for International Development) Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) Regional Consortium project called UMFULA -Uncertainty reduction in Models For Understanding deveLopment Applications (river in Zulu) - which is led by the Grantham Institute at the London School of Economics. This post is based in Leeds, with some international travel, mostly to southern Malawi. The role will develop innovative methods of decision-making under climate uncertainty that can be applied to local-level decision-making in the Shire River basin in Malawi.

You will be responsible for conducting research on decision-making under climate uncertainty under the supervision of Professor Suraje Dessai. You will hold (or be close to submitting) a PhD in a relevant field. You will possess quantitative and qualitative research skills in the field of decision-making under uncertainty, climate change adaption, water resources management and integrated assessment. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, time management and IT skills. You will also have fieldwork experience in the developing world.

University Grade 7 (£31,656- £37,768) p.a. Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above £34,576

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Suraje Dessai, tel +44 (0)113 34 30116, email s.dessai(at) or Professor Andy Dougill tel +44 (0)113 343 6782, email a.j.dougill(at)

Closing Date: 4 February 2016

Faculty Research Manager

Full time - job sharing arrangements can be considered

Job ref: ENVFO1033

This is an exciting opportunity for a driven individual to lead our Faculty Research Office (FRO). Able to think and act strategically to deliver practical results, you will be responsible for providing high quality, customer-focused research support contributing to the strategic objectives and research culture of the Faculty.

You will take overall responsibility for the effective operation of financial and administrative procedures, and will ensure provision of an efficient and effective research support service for academic staff through excellent leadership and management of the FRO team.

You will have experience of research administration in an academic environment and costing and pricing projects in accordance with full economic costing (fEC) principles. Financial management and experience budgeting for projects is also required. You will also have knowledge of UK (RCUK and especially NERC, ESRC and EPSRC) and EU research funding mechanisms, policies and procedures. Experience and skills in leading and managing a team are also essential.

University Grade 8 (£38,896 - £46,414 p.a.)

Informal enquiries to Glyn Saul, Faculty Finance Manager for Engineering and Environment, tel +44 (0)113 343 9441 or 0113 343 5528, email g.saul(at)

Closing Date: 1 February 2016

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