Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow (Maximising Impact by Decision Support Tools for sustainable soil and water through UK-China Critical Zone science’)

University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom
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The above full time role is available from January for 13 months on a fixed term contract.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Tim Quine on the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded project, MIDST-CZ: Maximising Impact by Decision Support Tools for sustainable soil and water through UK-China Critical Zone science’. This project has access to large data-sets on environmental processes across a range of landscapes in China, providing a transformative opportunity to optimise trade-offs between economic return and environmental impacts from farm practices.

The postholder will be involved in working with complex data which will be used to develop simple to implement decision support tools (DST) using modelling that will focus on:

  • Land Use modelling as a function of policy (which influences most variables), yield, ownership, food consumption and demand, fertiliser (price & availability)
  • Impact modelling on: Carbon stocks; Water Quality; Food and Health
  • Optimising trade-offs between environmental impacts and economic return for agriculture in China base on CZO data 

This post is available immediately for a minimum for 13 months. The post is being advertised as either a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grade E) or a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade F), dependent upon the skills and experience of the successful candidate. A duration longer than the minimum advertised is subject to the grade at which the post is appointed and the availability of additional funding.

For full details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. Subject to the grade of appointment the successful candidate would also be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion, if appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

Applicants will should have analytical skills in GIS, Remote Sensing and Statistics. Experience of finding and organising databases will be very useful, and experience of environmental modelling will be valuable. Proficiency in Mandarin would also be useful, but not essential.

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 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 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

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 through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.                                                        


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

For further information please contact Professor Tim Quine, Principle Investigator and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), e-mail (PA: Kerrie Gove, email ).

The closing date for completed applications is 12 Midnight, the 13th of January 2021.