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Research Fellow in Urban Ecology

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in urban ecology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities? 

As cities continue to expand, urban ecosystems increasingly have to be managed for the benefit of both people and biodiversity. However, cities are evolving rapidly, often as a result of technological innovation alongside societal change. Understanding ecological responses to these rapid transitions is an emerging research field. 

As a Research Fellow in Urban Ecology, you will join the ‘Self-Repairing Cities’ research project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). By developing robots that monitor and repair built infrastructure, Self-Repairing Cities aims to promote their widespread use. Such technological innovation will transform human society and the natural environment. For instance, less traffic and better maintained infrastructure could lead to lower levels of pollution (air, noise, light, water, which negatively affect biodiversity and ecosystem functioning). On the other hand, novel technologies may introduce new, unknown threats to biodiversity.

Understanding how urban ecosystems will change in response to technological innovation is a novel and exciting field. To tackle this research area, you will work closely with engineers and economists to design and implement a programme of empirical data collection to determine how the impacts of urbanisation and pollution on ecosystems, habitats and species might change as we enter a robotic age. The research will entail landscape/spatial ecology in combination with householder surveys. 

With a PhD (or be close to completion, i.e. the initial thesis needs to have been handed in before the post starts) in ecology, biodiversity conservation, environmental science or an allied subject, you may also have experience of urban ecology, particularly pertaining to pollinators. You will have knowledge and understanding of data analytical approaches for ecological and questionnaire based data.    You will have a track record of publishing work in the peer reviewed literature using data from ecological and social science disciplines.  You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work with people from of other disciplines and non-academic partners.

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

Dr Martin Dallimer, Associate Professor in Environmental Change

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3036, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - This post is open to job share and flexible working
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (7 months due to external funding)
Release Date:  Wednesday 17 July 2019
Closing Date:  Friday 16 August 2019
Reference:  ENVEE1345
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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