[ECOLOG-L] Tenure-track position in Soil-Plant-Water Environmental Modeling, Leeds University, UK

University of Leeds Faculty of Environment is searching for a University Academic Fellow in Environmental Modelling and Simulation for Soil-Plant-Water Systems. This is a tenure-track position equivalent to an assistant professor in the U.S, and is part of the University of Leeds’s recruitment of 250 University Academic Fellows across the university by 2017. The fellowship position includes research support, low teaching responsibilities and a structured development program to lead to a tenured associate professor position at the end of 5 years, pending completion of probation requirements. Interested people are welcome to contact Sarah Batterman (sabatterman@gmail.com) for further information.

Applications are due 5 April 2016.

For details and application information: http://ift.tt/1UkL2mD

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


Leeds – Main Campus


Faculty of Environment


School of Geography




Grade 8


£38,896 to £46,414 per annum

Closing Date: 

Tuesday 05 April 2016



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.  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. The successful applicant 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. 

The appointed research fellow will have the vision, ambition, knowledge and skills to build an exceptional, leading individual research career. The fellow 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, the fellow 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.

As part of the application process you will be required to upload the following documents:1.    A CV;2.    A list of publications;3.    A statement detailing your research and academic plan (no more than 2 sides of A4).  As part of the selection process, account will be taken in relation to your research and academic plan, in particular the impact of this and the strategic fit to the University.

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

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Steve Banwart, tel: +44 (0)777 194 3489, email s.a.banwart@leeds.ac.uk; or Dr Pippa Chapman, tel: +44 (0) 113 343 6837, email p.j.chapman@leeds.ac.uk

To find out more about Academic Fellowships and our 250 Great Minds recruitment campaign please visit: 250greatminds.leeds.ac.uk

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