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Lecturer in Global Change Biology

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
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We wish to appoint a Lecturer in Global Change Biology in the Department of Biology, at the University of York. We welcome applicants in any area of ecological or evolutionary change, including those who take analytical, modelling, or empirical approaches. As the successful candidate, you will carry out individual and collaborative research projects both within the Department of Biology and across disciplinary boundaries; lead on and contribute to the production of research outputs; and design, develop and deliver teaching in the broad area of global change biology within the Department of Biology. You will also publish original research in appropriate journals or other relevant media, and attend international conferences for the purpose of disseminating research results or for personal development, and undertake effectively a range of administrative and managerial responsibilities.

The Lecturer will complement our current research strengths in climate change impacts, biological invasions, speciation, species interactions and co-evolution, tropical ecology and conservation biology. The position is associated with the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, a major new research centre. The Centre will take both subject-specific and interdisciplinary approaches to explore scientific and societal perspectives on environmental change. You will have opportunities to develop and supervise postdoctoral and PhD projects within the Leverhulme Centre.

You will have a PhD in a relevant subject (or equivalent experience), together with specialist knowledge in global change and associated subject areas; the ability to collaborate across disciplines; and research expertise that complements and enhances the Department's and Centre’s research goals. You will have knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies; advanced and specialist computational and analytical knowledge and skills; the ability to develop research projects and proposals; and highly developed oral and written communication skills (including publication of research findings as high quality peer-reviewed journal articles). You will have the ability to supervise research teams, projects, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduates.

You will have knowledge of teaching techniques to enthuse and engage students, and have the capacity to display initiative and judgement in designing, developing and delivering high quality teaching across a range of modules. You will be enthusiastic, inventive, approachable, collaborative and open to new ideas.  You will plan and prioritise work to meet deadlines; have a commitment to personal development; and you will show commitment to the Department and University.

The post is full time on an open contract with salary in the range £40,322 to £49,553 a year.


If shortlisted, you will be required to provide a research plan statement and a teaching philosophy/plan prior to interview. We are happy to consider applicants with existing, externally-funded research fellowships, and discuss the timing of the transition into lecturing.

For an informal, confidential discussion about the role please contact Professor Jane Hill (Deputy Head of the Department of Biology - Research) or Professor Chris Thomas (Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity)


The successful candidate will be expected to be in post by September 2020 for the start of the academic year 2020/21.

Apply by: 1 December 2019

Interview Dates: 9 & 10 January 2020

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