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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 39,609 a year
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Role Description

We are looking for a post-graduate researcher to undertake research on the impact of socioeconomic inequality on the environment as a member of the newly awarded Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) at the University of York.

This is a major new research centre, directed by Professor Chris Thomas with associate Directors Dr Mark Jenner and Professor Kate Pickett, to increase knowledge of how the relationship between humanity and the natural world is changing, and how we might move forwards to maintain and develop a sustainable Earth.  This role will be appointed by the Department of Health Sciences, but physically located within LCAB’s exciting new space, alongside other LCAB researchers and students.  This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic, transdisciplinary research environment which brings together twelve University of York Departments across the faculties of Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities with researchers at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of St Andrews. LCAB will run for 10 years from Sept 2019.


This 3 year post will be supervised by Prof Kate Pickett (York) and Profs Robert Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski (ANU). You will develop a systematic programme of research to explore the impact of socioeconomic inequality on aspects of the environment, including biodiversity, environmental behaviours, social norms and policy decisions. This will involve statistical analysis of large, internationally-comparative datasets. There will also be opportunities for research visits to Australian National University.  You will also undertake organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, develop and initiate collaborative working internally and externally, provide guidance and support to other researchers and produce content related to your project for the LCAB website and related social media platforms.

As a post-doctoral researcher, you will be a key member of the Centre's research team and have a major role in conducting individual and collaborative research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and drives forward understanding and consequences of neglected societal and biological processes underpinning biodiversity change.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Candidates must have a first degree with quantitative training and a PhD in a relevant subject area.  Previous experience of interdisciplinary research, or a demonstrable interest in developing this approach, is essential. Your key skills will include excellent oral and written communication, ability to plan and prioritise your own work, familiarity with developing research proposals and proficiency in data handling and advanced statistical methods.  You will be highly motivated with a professional work ethic, commitment to high quality research, a collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be made via email to Professor Kate Pickett (

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