The Faculty Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding enthusiastic and dedicated scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.

We are seeking a new ECR Fellow to lead in the broad field of Nature-based climate-solutions, encompassing mitigation and natural carbon sinks, and undertake research that complements and supports our strengths in this area. This overarching theme integrates research across several of our leading groups. The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) is providing evidence and solutions for the deployment of enhanced rock weathering with agricultural systems worldwide as a means of removing atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigation climate change with co-benefits for crop production and soil health. Our research on natural ecosystems and ecology provides the means for enhancing terrestrial carbon sequestration and monitoring and mitigating vegetation and biodiversity losses at the global scale; our work in agriculture considers the impact of farming practices on greenhouse gas emissions from crops and soils, whilst our fundamental studies are uncovering the mechanistic details of plant gas exchange and photosynthesis.

You will lead a high quality independent, and collaborative research program and help shape the wider research area in Sheffield.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute towards the development of global carbon capture research activity in the School of Biosciences.
  • Conduct personal research of international standing, which includes identifying literature and updating own knowledge; assessing the validity of the relevant literature and its contribution to the development of own field. Write up research work for publication and give presentations at conferences.
  • Attend various meetings and conferences in line with the terms and conditions of the fellowship.
  • Determine research objectives, and initiate and implement a programme of research. This may include managing time, materials, finance and equipment.
  • Disseminate research findings/results through the production of papers for high quality journals and presentation either in-house or at national/international conferences or seminars.
  • Involvement in professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership and involvement with professional bodies on accreditation.
  • Supervision: Supervise or co-supervise undergraduate/postgraduate project students and/or PhD students. Manage Research Assistant(s) and/or Research Associate(s) if requested.
  • Delegate and monitor the work of research students.
  • Deal with reactive requests relating to supervising research staff and students.
  • Maintain representation and standing by active membership of research and professional committees and groups.
  • Contribute to the life of the Department, the Faculty and the wider University community through administrative responsibilities and committee memberships as and when appropriate.
  • Actively explore new research and scholarly pursuits.
  • As a member of staff you will be encouraged to make ethical decisions in your role, embedding the University sustainability strategy into your working activities wherever possible.
  • Actively contribute to a culture in the School of Biosciences where all staff and students are treated fairly, feel welcome, and are able to flourish professionally or academically.
  • Carry out other duties, commensurate with the grade and remit of the post.

For informal enquiries about this job contact Professor Rob Freckleton (Head of School) at bioscienceshod@sheffield.ac.uk

We are a Disability Confident Employer. If you have a disability and meet the essential criteria you will be invited to interview.

Next steps in the recruitment process

The first stage of the selection process will consist of an online research talk/presentation between 22 – 30 April 2024. Candidates who are successful at this stage will be invited back for an in-person interview on 30 May 2024. Contact bioscienceshradmin@sheffield.ac.uk if you require any reasonable adjustments.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.