School of Earth and Environment

Academic Fellowships leading to Associate Professor Roles

01.10.2014 - 17:03

The University of Leeds’ biggest ever recruitment of academic researchers includes exciting new opportunities to join the School of Earth and Environment. The University of Leeds is recruiting up to 250 exceptional early career academics to tenure track equivalent Academic Fellowships over the next three years. The Faculty of Environment has secured 13 of these fellowships and within the School of Earth and Environment we are looking to recruit outstanding early career academics in all our areas of research.

These new Academic Fellowships last for 5-years, and are then designed to convert to permanent positions as Associate Professor.  Whether you are looking to establish your academic career as a new fellow or already hold an existing funded fellowship and wish to bring it to the University of Leeds we want to hear from you.  For full details and application deadline visit

Below is a list of our highlighted thematic areas:

Biogeochemical Modelling : The Palaeo@Leeds and Cohen Geochemistry research groups are both peaks of excellence within the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) with successful track records of both 4 star output and winning grant income.  You will build on these key areas of strength with your expertise in biogeochemical modelling.  You will bridge the divide between laboratory-based and numerical modelling-based science and will provide rigorous quantified deep-time scenario testing, and a link between our modelling efforts in recent time periods with those in much more ancient geological Epochs.

Climate Dynamics : The topic of climate dynamics and statistics concerns long term changes in weather patterns, usually of high impact on society, including phenomena like El Nino, Arctic climate and sea-ice changes, mid-latitude storm tracks, changes in monsoon systems, wildfires and seasonal prediction. The link between climate change and weather (which ultimately impacts people on regional scales) has been a strategic objective of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) for several years. We have strength in the modelling and observation of processes driving weather and climate and we are now looking to add a global perspective on how high-impact phenomena are changing.

Earth Observation of the Atmosphere : A major strategic aim of Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) is to scale up the process-based research on modelling and observations of the atmosphere to tackle large scale climate and weather problems of societal relevance. Exploiting Earth Observation (EO) datasets of weather and other atmospheric phenomena is the most effective way of achieving this aim.  ICAS is a leading international institute for the study of atmospheric processes using models, field observations and laboratory experiments. We are now looking to add new capability in EO of the atmosphere.

Fluid Flow Modelling for Future Energy Solutions : Modelling gas and fluid flow in porous media is central to the development of future energy technologies involving subsurface geological structures including: (i) predicting and optimizing production from unconventional petroleum reservoirs; (ii) improving methods for enhanced oil recovery; (iii) assessment of radioactive waste disposal and CO2 storage sites; and (iv) development of novel energy storage systems (e.g. subsurface storage of hot water or compressed air).

Sustainability of Food Systems : Research on sustainability management in the food industry has grown in the last 5 years within the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) with promising links across the University.  This Fellowship will analyse the sustainability management practices of large food retailers and manufacturers that control the majority of both European consumer choice and global agricultural methods.

Sustainable Energy Systems : Research on interdisciplinary whole energy systems has seen exponential growth within the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) (e.g. involvement in UKERC Phase 3, CCCEP, INDEMAND and iBUILD), with promising connections across the University.  Energy research in the UK was one of the only areas where future funding is protected, and there are plans to increase UK funding in the future.  SRI’s unique perspective on this topic enables us to bid across research councils in this area, addressing NERC, ESRC and EPSRC topics as well as being a central focus for joint centre opportunities. 

Volcanic Gas and Aerosol Emission : The four key observational techniques for understanding the physics of volcanoes are geodesy, seismology, petrology and gas emissions. State-of-the-art research combines these to constrain our understanding of volcanic processes.  Through this fellowship, we seek to bring expertise in volcanic gas and aerosol emission to the Volcano Studies Group at Leeds. You would be expected to lead the development of high-impact interdisciplinary research on volcanic processes, and link the existing expertise in volcanism with the strength in atmospheric science at Leeds.

School of Earth and Environment Academic Research Fellow

The School of Earth and Environment welcomes and encourages applications from exceptional early career scientists working in other areas of the Earth and Environmental sciences.