Skip to content

Research Associate

Environment and Geography
33,309 - 40,927 a year
Grade 6
Contract status
Fixed term
Hours of work
Based at
University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
Posted Date
Apply by
Job Reference

Role Description


The Department of Environment & Geography recently embarked on an ambitious project to define its strategy for the next ten years and beyond. The department is a leading centre for teaching and research on the world’s environmental issues and aspires to play a major role in finding sustainable solutions to these challenges.

The Department is proud to hold the Bronze award from Athena SWAN and strives to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish and excel. 

The Department hold the following core values:

  • We are inclusive and embrace our diversity
  • We make a positive difference
  • We strive for environmental sustainability
  • We are a friendly and helpful community
  • We are curious and always learning


This role complements existing research activities in the Department focusing on climate change, sustainable development, livelihoods, socio-ecological systems and environmental governance. You will develop research to assess adaptation across drylands, small islands and mountain regions, identifying similarities and differences, and assessing trade-offs as well as co-benefits and opportunities for synergy, as different systems transition towards climate resilient development. You will conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research, as well as assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects. 

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • You will hold a first degree in Geography, Environmental Management, Sustainability or related subjects and a PhD or equivalent experience in one of these subjects.
  • You will have knowledge about environmental governance, climate change adaptation and mitigation, resilience and/or sustainable development in developing regions and knowledge of a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques. You will also have knowledge of socio-ecological systems and environmental policies in developing regions.
  • You will have highly developed communication skills (oral and written) to engage effectively with wide-ranging audiences using a range of media, and an ability to write-up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination.
  • You will have the ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for your own and collaborative research.
  • You will have the ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, working with collaborators as required, and the competency to give conference presentations.
  • You will be competent in using qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods and have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research and in writing up research work for publication, working as part of a team and independently.
  • You will have a high level of attention to detail and quality, a collaborative ethos, interest and enthusiasm for the subject matter and a positive attitude to colleagues and students.
  • You will have a willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas and institutions and the ability to plan and prioritise your own work to meet deadlines, alongside high levels of organisation in planning research programmes.
  • You will have a commitment to personal development and updating your knowledge and skills.

This is a fixed term contract for two years.

Interview date: July 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Lindsay Stringer

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

New Athena Swan Bronze Award



Forgot password | Register

Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.