Freshwater Ecology

The School of Geography and water@leeds have expertise in land management, soils, hydrology, freshwater quality, water treatment processes and human use of water.  A new Aquatic Ecology Research Group (AERG) has formed as part of water@leeds, with a core of internationally excellent invertebrate, parasite and algal ecologists from the Schools of Geography, Biology and the Faculty of Engineering.  AERG’s 5 year aim is to be recognised as one of the strongest aquatic ecology groups in Europe.  We seek to build further capacity in this area by appointing a Fellow who can bring complementary high-quality expertise in freshwater ecology.  You will be based in the River Basin Processes and Management (RBPM) research cluster in Geography and would bridge to Biology and to Engineering.

Your research will link into the research needs of water companies, nature conservation agencies, charities and government agencies on globally important issues such as climate change, invasive species, nutrients and water quality, effects of novel pollutants and/or land management change.  You will also look for the potential to open up new research and revenue streams, leading to high impact interdisciplinary outputs and knowledge exchange.  There is broad potential for significant funding from a range of sources including Horizon 2020 and NERC, although existing collaborations/successful funding from these sources would be desirable.

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences.  You will contribute to the development of our BSc and MSc teaching as the post progresses, and will have opportunities for involvement in the developing new modules (at both UG and PG level).

You will have significant proven research experience within the field of freshwater ecology, and an ability to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. You will work closely with researchers from a broad range of disciplines across the water@leeds network to facilitate the integration of the university’s considerable ecological expertise into the water agenda.  In particular, you will be expected to produce cutting edge research in collaboration with existing research groups at the university (including those working on upland peat bogs, headwater streams, regulated rivers, urban waterways). You will also be expected to have a compelling vision for your own, and the AERG’s, future academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Lee Brown, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3302, email:   

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