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Opportunities for Early Career Researchers

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The Department of Environment and Geography welcomes you to develop your research career with us

Our Department conducts world-leading research on topics of global environmental importance. Our research is highly interdisciplinary across the natural and social sciences, ranging from atmospheric chemistry to environmental economics and policy analysis. You can read more about our research here: Our Department also hosts the Stockholm Environment Institute at York. This is one of the constituent centres of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), an independent, international research organisation committed to the implementation of practices supportive of global sustainable development. SEI was ranked as the world's most influential think tank on environmental policy in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index.

We are keen to welcome outstanding researchers to develop their careers as Independent Research Fellows here in our Department. We are proud to be home to a number of successful fellowship holders, and we provide support including a mentoring system, an active early-career research community, and research groups that provide a stimulating academic environment. The University of York demonstrates its dedication to the development of the careers of researchers through its support of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education). The University of York is also committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and aims to create a University community where diversity is recognised, valued and celebrated. 

What support can we provide you with?

We are keen to help you in the development of your Fellowship application. This support could include a short visit to the Department to work with a member of academic staff on developing your proposal (at an indicative value of up to £500). To apply to visit us, please complete this application form Fellowship Development Application Form (MS Word , 38kb)‌. Before completing your application, please contact the member of staff in the department who you would like to work with to discuss your Fellowship idea further.


Our Facilities

The Department of Environment and Geography provides Fellowship holders with high quality facilities and research space. Our new state-of-the-art building houses facilities including 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.

The University of York is also home to an extensive range of equipment, and research facilities including:


There are a number of opportunities for developing your research career through postdoctoral and early career fellowships, including:


This list is not comprehensive, and there are likely to be further opportunities in your area of research or for your particular circumstances. Please carefully check eligibility criteria and submission dates.  We are happy to help if you have any questions. 

Please also see the University of York Fellowships webpage for other opportunities, and examples of what the University of York can offer to Fellowship candidates. 


If you're interested in joining us, or have any questions about the process, please contact the Chair of our Departmental Research Committee, Dr Nic Carslaw (  

Early Career Researchers (ECR) in the Department of Environment and Geography 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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