University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Nature Based Solutions (Water) (E&R)

United Kingdom

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The starting salary will be from £41,732 on Grade F for the Lecturer role, and from £48,350 on Grade G for the Senior Lecturer role, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Nature Based Solutions (Water)


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Faculty of Environment, Science & Economy

The above full-time permanent post is available immediately in the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) in the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy.

Summary of the role:

CREWW is an exciting new venture at the University of Exeter, directed by Prof Richard Brazier. Funded by a grant from Research England and investment by South West Water and the University of Exeter. CREWW has been established to undertake research into some of the most pressing environmental challenges in our time - namely how we can manage our precious natural resources in ways which are sustainable and resilient under the pressures of habitat degradation, climate change and population growth.

CREWW research focuses on pressing issues facing environmental resilience and the water and waste sectors, including:

  • How to manage people and land to deliver environmental resilience
  • Understanding how catchments and people respond to flooding and drought, to improve future resilience.
  • How to understand and motivate people to be agents of positive environmental change
  • How to protect drinking and bathing waters from contamination
  • Ensuring we have enough water to cope with a growing population and climate change
  • Protecting the water supply network
  • Predicting and preventing contaminants from the waste and water networks
  • CREWW research is undertaken by academics who work with partners in industry, government and NGOs, to develop a shared understanding of the issues and practical solutions which will benefit the environment, society and economy.

    The candidate will:

  • Fulfil research, teaching and administration duties as a lecturer/senior lecturer in nature based solutions within the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) in the Department of Georgraphy.
  • With regard to teaching, specifically, to contribute teaching and student support within the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, in terms of water-industry specific content and wider issues related to drought and natural flood management, bioremediation, landscape and ecosystem restoration, habitat change and land use/management.
  • For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in related area and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrate potential to attract such funding
  • An active approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate programmes
  • Strong connections and funded projects with business and community partners
  • Involvement in projects which develop impact.
  • For Senior Lecturer, in addition to the above, you will have:

  • A strong potential for research leadership
  • A track record in refereed publications and success in significant grant capture
  • Relationships with external organisations and funders/ and knowledge and experience of key sectors or business challenges
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon,
  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world- leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    Informal Enquiries

    Before submitting an application, you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Professor Richard Brazier, [email protected], or Professor Nicola Thomas [email protected]

    Job details


    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Nature Based Solutions (Water) (E&R)


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 18, 2023

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    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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