Research Fellow in Ocean Science and Marine Governance,

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7112192 (Ref:ENVFO1119)

Posted: September 30, 2022

Job Description

Are you an ambitious marine interdisciplinary scientist who wants to make a difference to the health of our oceans and resilience of coastal communities?

Can you engage expertise from academia, government and industry to work together and co-design solutions for transforming sustainable use of oceans? If you have the skills to work at the forefront of interdisciplinary collaboration in climate change, marine science and governance, this opportunity is for you.

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Professor Selina Stead, seeks a talented, interdisciplinary post-doctoral researcher. This post offers the chance to lead building new interdisciplinary capabilities supporting application of ocean science. Expected outcomes are co-creating resilience in coastal communities in the face of unprecedented climate change and influencing formulation of policy within a multi-level governance framework (community, national, regional and international levels). 

The overarching objective is to build collaborations leading to creation of interdisciplinary ocean research communities, and to influence ‘real world’ challenges such as balancing marine food security with biodiversity conservation. We will do this by identifying and influencing funding opportunities where colleagues can co-create strategic partnerships to secure grants that deliver Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 objectives. 

The researcher will lead co-designing participatory workshops to promote inclusive research and interdisciplinary collaboration to question, challenge and evidence scientific gaps where experts at the University of Leeds can contribute towards progress of SDG 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The ability to analyse large data sets, distil and communicate complex information and its context to internal and external colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds is an important aspect of this role. You will have a passion for generating knowledge through interdisciplinary ocean science and build on research interests of Professor Stead to help prioritise research funding applications to deliver SDG14 objectives, aligned with the University Values and Global Change Strategy.

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

Professor Selina Stead, Executive Dean, informal discussions can be arranged by contacting Liz Dell - [email protected]


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  Environment Faculty Offices
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £35,333 to £42,155 p.a.
Working Time:  We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 4 years)
Release Date:  Thursday 29 September 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 16 October 2022
Interview Date:  Monday 24 October 2022
Reference:  ENVFO1119

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