Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow - LEEP Modelling

University of Exeter
February 27, 2024
Offerd Salary:£32,982
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Exeter (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £32,982 for Associate, or from £41,732 for Fellow, depending on qualifications and experience.


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

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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow - LEEP Modelling

Job description

Faculty of Environment, Science & Economy – LEEP


This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis for 2 years.

The post

The LEEP team invite applications from candidates with strong programming, spatial modelling, data analysis and data visualisation skills and a wide transdisciplinary focus to support the work of the LEEP modelling team (Prof. Ian Bateman, Prof. Brett Day, Dr. Amy Binner, Dr. Mattia C. Mancini and Dr. Christopher Lee).

The Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP) Institute at the University of Exeter Business School is a highly interdisciplinary centre bringing together natural, physical, economic and social scientists to develop and apply data driven solutions to the major environmental, economic and wellbeing challenges facing humanity.

The LEEP institute is a thriving research centre with over 50 members and maintains partnerships with leading researchers and institutes worldwide. It contributes to leading research in environmental resource management, integrated environment-economy modelling, environmental valuation, biodiversity economics, natural capital accounting, sustainability and related decision making. The LEEP Institute maintains strong research partnerships with other institutes and centres at the university including the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste, the Global Systems Institute, and the Environment and Sustainability Institute. Alongside its international academic profile, LEEP also has an extremely strong track record of working with government and business delivering substantial impact in terms of enhancing the incorporation of the environment within decision making.

About you

You will have solid advanced programming skills (Python is essential) with specialisation in tools and infrastructure to design and optimise data pipelines, to design scalable modelling building blocks, run and maintain models, analyse and visualise modelling output; expertise in object-oriented programming concepts and implementations is required. You will have a basic understanding of integrated environmental-economic modelling approaches at large spatial scales, a solid knowledge of GIS and spatial visualisation techniques, and a general understanding of the biophysical processes within the natural environment.

You will work across a variety of research projects that focus on environmental decision-making affecting land use in Great Britain to provide a range of market and non-market goods and services including food production, greenhouse gas storage, biodiversity gains, water quality improvements, flood risk reduction and recreation benefits.

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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 new 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

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    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.

    We are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and welcome applications from service people.

    Further Information

    For further information please contact Amy Binner, [email protected]

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