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 and Tectonics

Ref: ENVEE1103

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

We seek a creative scientist to conduct world-class research, teaching, and PhD training in Structural Geology and Tectonics. You will join a vibrant research environment and we seek an enthusiastic collaborator who can make links to existing research activities in the School, such as active tectonics, geophysics, sedimentary basin analysis, and igneous and metamorphic processes. You will contribute to the delivery and development of Geological Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes in structural geology, including field-based teaching.

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 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 (£38,896 - £46,414 p.a.)

Associate Professor: University Grade 9 (£47,801 - £55,389 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Tim Wright, email: t.j.wright(at)leeds.ac.uk or Dr Geoffrey Lloyd, email: G.E.Lloyd(at)leeds.ac.uk  

Closing Date: 30 April 2016

University jobs page


School of Earth and Environment

Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Research Fellow in Aerosol-Cloud Interaction as part of the CLARIFY project

Ref: ENVEE1102

Fixed term for 3 years

Job sharing arrangements can be considered


This research position is part of the NERC collaborative Project CLARIFY (CLoud-Aerosol-Radiation Interactions and Forcing). CLARIFY involves the universities of Exeter, Leeds, Manchester, Reading, Oxford and the Met Office. The overall objective of CLARIFY is to use the natural laboratory of the southeast Atlantic to improve our understanding of aerosol-radiation and aerosol-cloud interaction processes and their impacts on local, regional and global weather and climate. CLARIFY involves an intensive airborne field campaign in 2016 with supporting surface and satellite measurements over the southeast Atlantic. The measurements will be used to develop improved models at different spatial scales from the cloud scale to the global scale that couple aerosols, clouds and radiation.

The research fellow post in Leeds focuses on modelling aerosol-cloud interactions. The research will exploit a new version of the Met Office Unified Model that couples aerosol and cloud microphysics embedded at regional scales with resolutions of <1 km within the global model. The model will be used, together with new measurements, to understand how climatically important shallow clouds respond to changes in aerosols, including biomass burning.

The Leeds research project is led by Professor Ken Carslaw, Professor Paul Field and Professor Alan Blyth. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in close cooperation with scientists at the Met Office, supported by Professor Field who has a joint position between the University of Leeds and the Met Office.

You will have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) and experience in a relevant area of atmospheric modelling. Experience of developing and running complex numerical models is also essential. 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 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 (£31,656 - £37,768 p.a.). Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above spine point 30 on the grade 7 scale (£31,656 p.a.)

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

Closing Date: 5 April 2016

Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 11 April

University jobs page


Research Fellow in Convection-permitting simulations of East Asian climate. The dynamics of high-impact weather over East Asia
Ref:
ENVEE1097

Fixed term for 20 months

Starting as soon as possible or at the latest 1 July 2016

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

We seek an ambitious scientist with interests in atmospheric dynamics and rainfall, to study the physical processes controlling high-impact weather over China. You will use observations and kilometre-scale numerical model simulations with the Met Office Unified Model (MetUM) to build a conceptual model of the East Asian monsoon and to quantitatively assess the precursors and physical processes leading to extreme rainfall events in China. In addition, you will assess how the urban heat island effect impacts regional climate, including the initiation of new convective storms. You will evaluate what is gained through the use of kilometre-scale (convection-permitting) simulations compared to global model simulations with a lower horizontal resolution in relation to the representation of the East Asian monsoon system and HIW scenarios. This position is part of the Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China) project and you will work closely with project partners at the Met Office, University of Reading and in China.

You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing research in atmospheric science in the School. Your work will lead to significant publications in atmospheric and climate science and you will also present your research at project meetings and national and international conferences. You will communicate outcomes of the research to relevant stakeholders outside academia.

You must have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a quantitative physical science, such as Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology, and experience of the use of large observational and/or numerical model datasets. You should be willing to collaborate actively with partners in Europe and China. You will be used to programming on a Unix/Linux operating system and have excellent communication skills.

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 (£31,656 - £37,768 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Juliane Schwendike, email j.schwendike(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 1054 or Dr Cathryn Birch, email c.e.birch(at)leeds.ac.uk, tel +44(0) 113 343 9831

Closing Date: 31 March 2016


School of Earth and Environment
Sustainability Research Institute
Ref: ENVEE1098

Lecturer / Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics, and Low-Carbon Transitions

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated environmental social scientist with a focus on sustainability, economics and low-carbon transitions. The post will contribute to building the University of Leeds strategy and themes (in particular the Energy, Climate Change, Water, Food and Cities and Sustainable Societies themes), including in upcoming interdisciplinary and interfaculty teaching at the postgraduate level.
Your research should be in one or several of the broad areas outlined below. It should be interdisciplinary, and can bridge social science, business, management, economics, engineering, environmental science and climate science.

  • Ecological economics of transition, including radical alternative models of future sustainable economies;
  • Political economy of sustainability transitions: taking into account existing power structures, institutions, vested interests and their role in national and international policies;
  • Business models and strategies required to achieve a transition to sustainability;
  • Social practices and behaviours in sustainable transitions, energy savings and emissions mitigation;
  • Earth Systems Governance: interaction between the organisation of societies and large scale environmental phenomena including planetary boundaries;
  • Integrated Assessment Modelling of climate-energy-economy systems, including agriculture and land use;
  • Socio-technical sustainability of low-carbon transitions: considering socio-economic aspects of the widespread deployment of low-carbon technologies;
  • Innovative mitigation scenarios, including cumulative emissions budgets, forcing-based scenarios, burden-sharing, and technological implications of non-CO2 GHGs and land-use.

You should have a PhD (or for Lecturer level be close to obtaining), research and teaching experience and publication track record relevant to the area and grade of the appointment. In terms of teaching, you will be expected to contribute to the established Masters and Bachelors programmes within the Sustainability Research Institute, but also to support new postgraduate teaching across faculties, for instance the MSc in Ecological Economics (joint between SRI and the Leeds University Business School), MSc in Sustainable Cities, MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems (joint with the Faculty of Engineering). These initiatives are closely aligned with the University of Leeds strategic emphasis on key interdisciplinary themes, such as Cities and Sustainable Societies, Climate Change, Energy, Water, Food and Health.

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 (£38,896 - £46,414 p.a.)

Associate Professor: University Grade 9 (£47,801 - £55,389 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 Julia Steinberger (Leader of the Economics and Policy for Sustainability research group), email j.k.steinberger(at)leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date: 15 April 2016


Student Education Service Officer (Admissions)

2 years fixed term - available immediately

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

Ref: ENVFO1034

The Student Education Service (SES) provides consistent, high quality support for all student cohorts. The Service is underpinned by principles of quality, equity, consistency and opportunity, delivering an exceptional student experience for all. The Service encourages staff to be flexible by providing professional training and development and opportunities to work in a variety of roles across the Service.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Faculty of Environment's newly-formed Faculty Admissions Team, providing support for the admissions function. With responsibility for providing a high-quality experience to applicants and prospective applicants for taught postgraduate programmes, you will be skilled in the use of Microsoft Office products and able to work to a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Supporting all elements of the admissions process, from initial enquiry through to registration at the University, you will enjoy working independently using your initiative, have excellent organisation skills, and be capable of working to deadlines and handling high volumes of work at peak times.

You will process applications for taught programmes in line with University and Faculty procedures and guidance. You will work as part of a team of academic and student education service colleagues and have a flexible attitude to work, enabling you to work with the Faculty admissions team to support improvement initiatives across the Faculty.

Possessing excellent interpersonal and communication skills, you will demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment for delivering a high level of support for students and staff. You will support applicant/conversion events in the Faculty (such as Open Days) which will involve working non-standard hours including evenings and weekends on occasions.

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 5 (£21,605 - £25,023 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Lynsay Thomas, tel +44 (0)113 343 1738, email: l.thomas(at)leeds.ac.uk  

Closing Date: 8 March 2016

Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 4 April 2016

University jobs page


Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
Technical Head of Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate
REF: ENVEE1096

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

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 of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) is a major new venture to substantially enhance the institute's research, teaching, impact and outreach capabilities, related to computer modelling, data analysis 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 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 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.

CEMAC aims to be the UK's leading centre of excellence in atmospheric and climate modelling, significantly enhancing and accelerating the high impact research of ICAS, and aiming to improve the quality of learning for students within the School. CEMAC will rival the best international examples of how model and data support and strategy is organised in computing-intensive research institutions.

We are seeking to appoint a Technical Head to lead development of expertise in software, numerical modelling and data science and to manage the team of software engineers and modelling experts within 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 website http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/

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

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

Closing Date: 31 March 2016


University Academic Fellow in Environmental Modelling and Simulation for Soil-Plant-Water Systems

REF: ENVEE1099

By 2050 the global demand for food and fuel is predicted to double with a more than 50% increase in demand for clean water and a quadrupling in the global economy. These resource demands for economic growth must be met while agricultural food production must adapt to and help mitigate climate change. The challenge is daunting. With increasing demands for food production and biofuels, the projected requirement for productive land to meet resource needs by 2050 outstrips Earth's environmental capacity by 10-45% and agriculture is the major user of water accounting for 70% of global freshwater demand. The global challenge for agriculture and natural resources is clear - to develop efficiency in resource use whilst intensifying land use and production where possible, in order to meet the multiple constraints of available resources and projected demands. The University of Leeds has embarked on a major initiative to tackle these pressing global challenges by integrating research across the University faculties and jointly expanding research at the University of Leeds Farm and developing the facility as an agriculture and Earth systems observatory.

You will contribute to a substantial expansion in mathematical modelling and computational simulation of soil processes and functions, vegetation dynamics and hydrology and water resources, through mechanistic process modelling of the soil-plant-water system from profile to catchment scale, and through integration with climate change research led by university experts in Earth systems modelling. This post is linked to the recent appointment of Professor Steve Banwart as Chair in Integrating Soil-Agriculture-Water Research and will link between the School of Geography River Basin Processes and Management Group (where formally based) and the Cohen Geochemistry Group in the School of Earth and Environment. You will work with Professor Banwart and research leaders across these groups to create a critical mass in integrated Earth systems and agriculture research. This effort will draw together major industrial, UK Research Council and government capital and research investment up to £100m during the next decade.

These University developments contribute substantially to major collaborations with the White Rose Universities Sustainable Agriculture Consortium at the University of Leeds Farm, the recently launched 5-year £16M Northern 8 Universities Consortium AgriFood Research Programme, the UK-China Critical Zone Observatory research programme and the Worldwide Universities Network of research farms and Earth systems observatories.

You will have the vision, ambition, knowledge and skills to build an exceptional, leading individual research career. You will lead significant contributions to the integrated modelling of agricultural and Earth systems with expertise in modelling and simulation research in one or more relevant disciplinary areas such as soil science, biogeochemistry, hydrology, reactive transport or terrestrial ecology. As well as developing a leading portfolio of externally funded research activities, you will also be expected to develop an innovative contribution to the teaching portfolio at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development and leadership.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

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

University jobs page


University Academic Fellow: Modelling for sustainable agriculture under climate change

REF:ENVEE1100

Feeding a growing population on limited land and under the pressures of climate change is a major global challenge. Agricultural productivity and land use potential will alter as the mean and variability of climates changes. There is a growing area of research that applies modelling, data and theory of sustainable agriculture and climate change to this challenge.

The University of Leeds aims to become a distinctive and influential player in assessment of climate impacts and options for sustainable agriculture. An innovative, integrated and cross-faculty research programme is being developed that links expertise on the land surface, climate, water and agriculture. This fellowship is the next phase in the development of this interdisciplinary research area.

This fellowship will capitalise on the significant potential for innovation by cross-fertilisation of approaches and methods from climate impacts research and land-surface modelling. This will create new expertise and research capacity in the area of climate impacts on the global land surface, crops and food security. It provides an opportunity to build on the unique mix of existing strengths in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and across the University in climate impacts, land surface observations and modelling and food systems. The ambition and growing strength in this area is reflected in three new cross-campus initiatives at Leeds: the Priestley centre for climate change (http://www.priestley.leeds.ac.uk/), Food@Leeds (http://foodhub.leeds.ac.uk/) and the Leeds Ecosystem Atmosphere and Forests research centre (www.leaf.leeds.ac.uk).

With a PhD in quantitative science of the climate and/or environment you will have expertise and a strong research record in climate impacts, land use or sustainable agriculture and the ability to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

Career Pathway: Successful completion of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate Professor.

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


For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Andy Challinor, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3194, email: a.j.challinor(at)leeds.ac.uk 

University jobs page


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 http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies.

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

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

Closing Date: 15 March 2016