University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Exeter (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £32,982 up to £38,205 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.


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

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until September 2025. The role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

Summary of the role

The Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste ( CREWW ) and the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute ( LEEP ) wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Economics with a strong and proven transdisciplinary focus, experience with economic and natural capital accounting methods/tools and familiarity with spatial economic modelling and GIS.

The successful candidate will provide expertise in Environmental Economics and Natural Capital accounting and valuation to support the work of Prof Richard Brazier on Upstream Thinking to guide catchment management with the goals of improving raw water quality and delivering ecosystem services and will be involved in the following projects:

  • UST3: Quantifying cost-effective water quality improvements via ‘Upstream Thinking' interventions (funded by Sout-West Water)
  • Catchment Systems Thinking Co-operative – CaSTCo (funded by South-West Water and OfWat
  • The work will be co-supervised by Dr Mattia Mancini, Prof Brett Day and Dr Amy Binner from the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy institute (LEEP) and by Dr Peter Melville-Shreeve, who leads the Stormwater Intelligence Group within the Centre for Water Systems.

    This role will be a fantastic opportunity for an early career environmental economist interested in transdisciplinary work to be involved in the development of key systemic innovations for the UK's Water Sector actively engaging with stakeholders. The successful applicant will bring experience and knowledge of the range of approaches that can be used to understand the costs and benefits of operating water industry assets, for example, water and wastewater treatment plants, drinking water reservoirs or combined sewer overspills. They will also understand the ways in which natural capital approaches can be used to value change in the way that such assets might be operated, protected or made more resilient. The work will focus initially upon the South-West of England, to draw together understanding of the assets that SWW manage. In this context the candidate must liaise with SWW colleagues to extract data related to asset performance that can then be shared with other colleagues in the team.

    The candidate must be capable of: 1) drawing data together for specific assets and working with colleagues to build GIS layers which map on to all water company assets in the region; 2) drawing data together to understand current water treatment works and build abatement cost curves for a variety of pollutants; 3) characterising the potential for assets to be managed using ‘upstream thinking' interventions and the evaluating the cost-effectiveness and of such interventions, the potential for avoidance of traditional treatment, and the wider natural capital changes that might accrue due to these changes (for example: tree planting and its wider environmental/biodiversity costs vs benefits).

    About you

    Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) in Environmental Economics or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study/place of work (for e.g. a water company) and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to: use and develop appropriate economic and natural capital accounting methods and tools; interrogate and understand water company asset data; work closely with both academics and water company specialists to integrate their findings with multiple strands of research; understand the basics of upstream thinking approaches, especially of relevance to the water industry; understand and apply spatial data analysis and visualisation techniques. The applicant must also be able to work with business-sensitive data, within a partnership between the UoE and SWW and must have a demonstrable track-record of meeting deadlines and working within tight timeframes to deliver high-quality work.

    Please ensure you read the Job Description for full details of this role.

    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 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).

    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 through this. More than 99 percent 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 encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – 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 Creative City.

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 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), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. 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.


    We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
  • Further information

    Please contact Dr. Mattia Mancini, e-mail [email protected] or Prof Richard Brazier, Director of CREWW, e-mail [email protected]

    Job details


    Postdoctoral Research Associate


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    March 29, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 18, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Business and Economics,Geosciences,Physics

    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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