School of Earth and Environment

Job Vacancies

Positions available in the School of Earth and Environment

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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: 30 April 2015

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