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Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Adaptive Capacity and Resilience

Would you like to be part of an exciting new research project contributing to ensure greater resilience of the UK's food supply? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will join this interdisciplinary team to lead the collaborative assessment of stakeholder adaptive capacity within case study catchments and the co-design of key adaptive strategies to improve resilience to phosphorus scarcity and pollution. The project has been designed so that it has a strong practical component in interaction with stakeholders across the whole food supply chain, as well as cutting-edge theoretical aspirations for the advancement of resilience and sustainability science. While the project will take place in the UK, the project team is international and you will work closely with social sustainability researchers at our Australian partner institution, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney (co-founders of the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative). 

You will be based at the Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth and Environment and will be reporting to Dr Julia Martin-Ortega, but will require interaction with the School of Civil Engineering as well as at partner institutions in the Bangor University (Wales), the Agri-Food and BioSciences Institute (Northern Ireland) and the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (Wallingford). Interactions with ISF will be in person in the UK for some collaborative fieldwork tasks, or remotely via skype/email, with the potential for a visit to ISF in Sydney. 

While it is not a requirement for this post, you will have the opportunity to engage with teaching activities at the School of Earth and the Environment and interact with the wide range of researchers at water@leeds, one of the largest interdisciplinary centres for water research in any university in the world, encompassing expertise from across the physical, biological, chemical, social and economic sciences and engineering as well as the arts.

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

Dr Julia Martin Ortega, Associate Professor of Ecological Economics

Socio-economics Project Lead

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9752, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 36 months due to external funding)
Closing Date:  Friday 05 January 2018
Interview Date:  Friday 26 January 2018
Reference:  ENVEE1210
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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