Opportunities for Early Career Researchers

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Overview

The Environment Department offers many opportunities to post-doctoral scientists, and will provide significant support for postdoctoral Fellows. We have a lively, friendly and active research environment within the Department which includes the internationally renowned think tank the Stockholm Environment Institute. The department is part of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute, a pioneering interdisciplinary partnership which spans the social, natural and physical sciences. We have good links with researchers elsewhere in the Sciences Faculty and other sections of the University such as the Archaeology  and Social Policy and Social Work Departments). The department has been awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award and we are committed to ensuring that all members of staff achieve their full potential in a supportive and flexible work environment. 

Holders of longer-term Fellowships (3+ years) will also be given support to help establish their research programme in the Environment Department. Their performance (in terms of research productivity, ability to obtain grants etc) and fit to the department will be evaluated part-way through the Fellowship period, and a proleptic Faculty position might be offered at this stage.

You can also apply now for the opportunity to be funded to visit us at the Environment Department of the University of York to collaborate with staff on developing a research proposal that could allow you to join us as a postdoctoral Research Fellow.  See tab 'Funded Visit Opportunities'.

Facilities

We encourage post-doctoral researchers to apply for Fellowships to be held at the University of York, and will provide excellent facilities and research space for them. The facilities in our new state-of-the art building include well equipped instrumental analytical chemistry laboratories for environmental analysis of soils, water, and air samples, a freshwater aquarium unit, constant temperature rooms and plant growth chambers. In addition, the University of York is home to many research facilities including the:

The Environment Department works nationally and internationally with a wide diversity of stakeholders such as industry, conservation agencies and government departments.

Contact

If you would like to apply for a fellowship to be held in the Environment Department and have identified a funding source, we are happy to provide advice on facilities, suitable areas of research etc. Please contact the most relevant member of staff on the Department’s academic staff list or search for an academic member of staff that matches your area of interest, or contact Professor Piran White - the Chair of the Departmental Research Committee. 

Funders

There are several organisations that fund Postdoctoral Fellowships – please check the websites listed here for the schemes that are run and their eligibility rules (especially concerning the number of years of experience required and any nationality/residency requirements). 

Case Studies

Early Career Researchers (ECR) in the Environment Department work on a diversity of projects, funded through many different routes. As you can see from the ECR stories below, they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our department.

Dr Laura Carter

I am currently working on a European funded project as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Prior to this, I spent some time in Industry as an Environmental Risk Assessor at Unilever and then moved to Australia to take up a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Commonwealth Scientific Research Organisation.  

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Dr Divya Pandey

Currently, I hold an AXA Fellowship on a project assessing the risk of ground level ozone pose to soil carbon sequestration. Before this, I worked as researcher in different positions at Banaras Hindu University and National Academy of Sciences, India. 

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Dr Paul Tobin

I am researching the impact of austerity on European environmental policy, in a three year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I have been a Visiting Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

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 Dr Suzi Richner

My current EU funded position is primarily a liaison/communication role, whereby it is assessing how archaeological and palaeoecological information from eastern Africa can be used in discussions and within the policy-making arena. Before this I worked for a while outside academia in communication and engagement roles with National Trust and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. I also worked in industry as a Senior Environmental Archaeologist for Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.

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