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Associate Professor / Professor of Sustainable Geoscience

Are you ready to lead the energy transition through interdisciplinary subsurface research? Do you have a vision to deliver geoscience solutions for a sustainable future? We are seeking an experienced and inspirational leader to drive forward the new Geosolutions Research Centre at the University of Leeds.

Geosolutions Leeds is an exciting new strategic investment by the University of Leeds as part of its Climate Plan. The Climate Plan is at the heart of the University of Leeds’ commitment to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, locally, nationally and globally, whilst also contributing to a healthier, greener and fairer place to live, work and study. The University of Leeds has world-leading expertise in geology, engineering and social science, which the Geosolutions Research Centre brings together to deliver an integrated-systems approach to energy geoscience that will meet NetZero goals. The Centre’s work is supported by a dedicated administrative team, along with a substantial annual budget of pump-priming funds.

We are seeking an experienced and ambitious leader for the new Geosolutions Research Centre, who is motivated by placing subsurface research at the forefront of addressing the climate crisis. You will lead an existing body of scientists who are internationally leading disciplinary experts, and who collectively have a long-established and excellent track record of working with industry and policy sectors. You will oversee development and delivery of innovative interdisciplinary subsurface research focussed on the energy transition. Beyond our geoscience and engineering expertise, you will also work alongside colleagues in the Priestley International Centre for Climate, the Sustainability Research Institute, Energy Leeds, and UKRI Climate Change Champions, which together provide world-leading expertise in all strands of climate research and policy across the University and beyond. 

This is an exciting opportunity to lead Geosolutions Leeds and the University into new areas that meet the urgent needs of the global energy transition. Funding is secured to allow you to kick-start your Geosolutions research at Leeds by appointing a three-year PDRA in a relevant research area of your choice.

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

Professor Sandra Piazolo, Professor in Structural Geology and Tectonics, current Academic Lead of Geosolutions Leeds

Dr Rachael Spraggs, Deputy Head of the School of Earth and Environment and Senior Collaborations Manager

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 9 to Grade 10
Salary:  Competitive salary dependent on experience
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Wednesday 22 February 2023
Closing Date:  Sunday 30 April 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  ENVEE1639
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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