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

Electron Optics Research Technician
Ref: ENVEE1061

Fixed term for 3 years

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

In this new role you will work closely with the unit Experimental Officer to provide support in all operational areas. You will take specific responsibility for the operation of the school's two Scanning Electron Microscopes and their integrated analytical systems (X-ray spectroscopy, Cathodoluminescence imaging, Electron Backscatter Diffraction, Secondary and Back-Scattered Electron imaging). This will include sample preparation, delivering training and advice to staff and students, and day-to-day running of the analytical service.

You will have demonstrable technical and analytical background (e.g. substantial laboratory instrumentation based project work or work experience). You do not need experience with electron microscopy or x-ray analysis as long as you are technically-minded with an aptitude for analytical procedure, training can be provided in house.

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

Informal enquiries may be made to Richard Walshaw, tel +44 (0)113 343 2393, email R.D.Walshaw(at)

Closing Date: 8 November 2015

Project Manager for the EU Horizon 2020 project CRESCENDO

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment

School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment

Category: Professional & Managerial

Grade: Grade 7

Salary: £31,342 to £37,394 per annum

Contract Type: Fixed Term (5 Years from 1 November 2015)

Closing Date: Monday 31 August 2015

Reference: ENVEE1078

National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
Based at the UK Meteorological Office in Exeter

Full time - job sharing arrangements can be considered

CRESCENDO (Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate: Experiments, kNowledge, Dissemination and Outreach) is a 5 year project funded under the European Union Horizon 2020 mechanism, starting 1 November 2015. CRESCENDO involves 25 European institutes and includes the 7 leading European Earth System Models (ESMs) and 3 Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs).

A key requirement for a project the size of CRESCENDO is effective coordination between partners, efficient communication with the European Commission and clear, proactive dissemination of project findings to European and national policymakers and the interested public. We seek a project manager for CRESCENDO to lead on these important tasks and, with the project coordinator and project science steering committee (SSC) ensure a successful and well organised project.

The primary goals of CRESCENDO are: (i) to improve the process-realism and reliability of European ESMs, (ii) to fully evaluate these models against a range of observations, (iii) to develop a range of future forcing scenarios of greenhouse gas, aerosol emissions and land-use change covering plausible global socio-economic development pathways for the coming century, (iv) to run the 7 ESMs using this forcing data and develop an ensemble of future earth system projections, (v) to analyse these projections and develop suitable constraints to provide a robust set of projections for use in impact assessment and policymaking, (vi) to ensure project findings are clearly disseminated to European and national policymakers and to the European public.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a science discipline with a strong academic record and have significant project management experience. They will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent organisational skills including proven experience of setting and achieving milestones. They will have the ability to develop strong working relationships with the project partners and have experience in using digital media, for example developing web content, and social media. An academic qualification in climate or earth system science would be desirable.

Further details concerning NCAS, including research and observation activities, and structure are available at

Informal enquiries may be made to:

Dr Colin Jones, colin.jones(at) or Dr Alistair Sellar, alistair.sellar(at)  or Alison Gane on ali.gane(at)

Interviews are expected to be held on Thursday 1 October 2015 at the Met Office in Exeter

Research Fellow in Systemic Approaches to Low Carbon Transitions

Full time, fixed term for 24 months available from 1 January 2016

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

Ref: ENVEE1079

You will join the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), which brings together some of the world's leading researchers on climate change economics and policy, from many different disciplines. The Centre is hosted jointly by the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is chaired by Professor Lord Stern of Brentford. It is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

CCCEP's research is subdivided into a number of themes and this position will play a key role in delivering research on Theme 5: Enabling rapid transitions in mitigation and adaption. Recognising the need to accelerate the innovation and deployment of low carbon technologies and processes, the work will explore a more systemic approach to low carbon transitions, emphasising potential co-benefits to the economy and society and examining the interests and roles of government, market and civil-society actors in achieving them. The research will therefore undertake a systemic, co-evolutionary analysis of low-carbon innovation, combining historical insights, case studies of current best practice, and future implications. The scope includes both demand-side and supply-side options, in order to estimate how rapidly a low carbon transition can be achieved, while taking into account barriers to change alongside potential social and economic benefits. The aim is to synthesize this analysis into a quantitative framework intended to test potential policy changes, and thus provide policy guidance.

You will be based at the University of Leeds and join a research team led by Dr Julia Steinberger and Professor Peter Taylor in SRI at the University of Leeds, and Professor Tim Foxon in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, who all have experience in applied and policy relevant research in the fields of energy and climate mitigation.

You will have a PhD (or be close to obtaining a PhD) or have equivalent experience in a relevant discipline; eg. energy or climate policy, ecological economics, econometrics, or energy / environment / economy modelling.
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 (£31,342 - £37,394 p.a.)

Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above Grade 7 salary spine point 31 (£32,277)

Informal enquiries to Professor Peter Taylor, tel +44 (0)113 343 7169, email P.G.Taylor(at), and Dr Julia Steinberger, tel +44 (0)785 607 9625, email j.k.steinberger(at)

Closing Date: 4 October 2015

Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI)
Chair or Associate Professor in Biogeochemistry

We seek an enthusiastic academic to conduct world-class research and teaching in biogeochemistry, with a focus on modern or ancient biogeochemical cycles, geomicrobiology, or experimental geochemistry. You will join one of the UK's most vibrant and successful Schools with a long track record of excellence in research and teaching. ESSI is one of the UK's leading multidisciplinary institutions focusing on understanding modern and ancient Earth surface processes, and contributes substantially to the School of Earth and Environment's teaching programmes in Geological Science and Environmental Science at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The institute houses a superb suite of recently renovated geochemistry laboratories, and aims to achieve the highest standards in its research and teaching.

You will have a PhD and a strong record of laboratory-based research in Biogeochemistry, including evidence of leadership of an independent research programme. You should also have a strong track record of publications and be able to demonstrate a sustained record of external funding to support your research, commensurate with the level of appointment. An ability to enhance or build upon the existing strengths of the Institute will be an advantage.

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.

Associate Professor: University Grade 9 (£47,328 - £54,841 p.a.)
Chair: within the Professorial range - minimum £59,913 p.a.

Informal enquiries may be made to Institute Director Professor Simon Poulton, email s.poulton(at), tel +44 (0)113 343 5237.