Research Associate: Environmental Modeller

University of York
York, United Kingdom
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Role Description

Environment and Geography

We are seeking a Research Associate in Environmental Modelling to work on an NERC-funded project involving the University of York, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Aberdeen. The project is exploring the uptake and effects of chemical pollutants, arising from legacy waste sites, in coastal food chains and will deliver a risk assessment framework that can be used in the future to inform management decisions. The position will be based in the Environment and Geography Department which is a leading centre for teaching and research on sustainable solutions to the world's environmental issues.


Working in a small team of environmental chemists, ecotoxicologists and ecologists, you will be responsible for developing and evaluating a pollutant exposure model to predict the uptake of chemicals from water and sediment into fish, phytoplankton and zooplankton and then the transfer into European shags. The model will operate at high spatial and temporal resolutions and be able to simulate a wide range of pollutants types including persistent organic pollutants, pharmaceuticals, metals and microplastics. The position would therefore suit individuals with an interest in environmental exposure or spatial ecological modelling.

You will:

  • Conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research associated with the CLEWS project
  • Assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects
  • Analyse and interpret research data
  • Write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities
  • Assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD that has included work involving environmental exposure modelling or spatial ecological modelling or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and hands on experience in environmental exposure and spatial modelling of chemical contaminants in the environment.
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
  • Skilled in ecological modelling and/or exposure modelling methodologies 

Interview date: 17 December 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Alistair Boxall, email:

This is a fixed term contract for two years