University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Associate Professor in Urban Environmental Change

United Kingdom

Closing in 17 days

Associate Professor in Urban Environmental Change

Are you an experienced and influential academic with a proven ability to carry out teaching and research on urban environmental change and related topics? Do you have an excellent research record and proven success obtaining funding and the vision and drive to tackle new challenges? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional world leading research and an exceptional student experience in a Russell Group University?

The Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated academic with a focus on urban environmental change to join our world-leading team. Following recent successes in student recruitment and grant income from a range of funders, we are seeking to expand our portfolio of excellent research and teaching. We are specifically looking for someone whose work complements, and adds depth and breadth to that of our current team.

SRI is an internationally leading centre for research and teaching in interdisciplinary environmental research. Our research groups include economics and policy for sustainability; business and organisations for sustainable societies; environment and development; energy and climate change mitigation; social and political dimensions of sustainability; and climate change adaptation, vulnerability and services.

We are seeking an experienced and ambitious researcher with a strong motivation to develop and deliver innovative research in the field of urban environmental change. You should have interdisciplinary expertise in cities' responses to pressures of climate change, food security, agriculture, ecosystem services, nature-based solutions, planning or a related topic. You will have an excellent research record and proven success obtaining funding and a vision to tackle new urban environmental change challenges. You will bring innovative research-led approaches and solutions to our teaching. You will also bring a broad network of existing research collaborators and a strong interest to work in collaboration with new colleagues across the institute and wider University.

You will contribute to research excellence, leadership and innovation in student education across the School's Masters and Undergraduate programmes, notably the MSc Sustainable Cities. This will include teaching related to urban environmental change, sustainability and research methods, supervising dissertations, contributing to field courses, tutoring and attracting and supervising post-graduate researchers.

The University has recently started a process of transforming its programme portfolio, with a new Leeds Curriculum that highlights: inclusive and authentic teaching and assessment approaches, evidence-based pedagogies, global citizenship and digital technologies. This ten-year project will involve significant development of our undergraduate and MSc programmes. We are looking for someone who will embrace the opportunity to contribute innovative new teaching approaches and new research-based materials to this process.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 14.5% of salary
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

    If you are looking for a role that will allow you to make a difference, through research and student education, in how cities are designed and managed in a sustainable world, apply today.

    To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Professor Alice Owen

    Phone: +44(0)113 343 6411

    Email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment Section: Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) Category: Academic Grade: Grade 9 Salary: £56,021 to £64,914 per annum Working Time: 100% - we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Ongoing Release Date: Wednesday 27 March 2024 Closing Date: Sunday 12 May 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: ENVEE1730 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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    Job details


    Associate Professor in Urban Environmental Change


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    March 28, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 12, 2024

    Job type

    Associate Professor/Professor


    Agricultural Science,Business and Economics,Geosciences,Physics

    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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