Postdoctoral Research Impact Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Impact Fellow

Job reference: P01235

Application closing date: 28/04/2019

Location: Exeter

Salary: The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade F, depending on knowledge, skills and experience.


Job description

Global Systems Institute

The GSI wishes to appoint an outstanding, highly motivated and committed Research Impact Fellow to take a lead in ensuring the Institute delivers impactful research in partnership with other organisations, including business and philanthropically-funded projects. The post is available immediately for an initial period of 3 years on full-time basis.

The Global Systems Institute (GSI) at Exeter is a trans-disciplinary group of researchers, teachers and partners whose goal is to look beyond single 'environmental ‘issues to a truly systemic view of coupled global changes in the human sphere and the biosphere, and to create and implement transformative solutions towards sustainability.

We are particularly interested in applicants who have a strong track-record of innovative applied research, exploiting complex data sets from diverse sources, implementing system thinking and modelling/analysis tools, and building effective networks to create transformative change towards sustainable solutions.

Areas of particular interest and active project partnerships include (but are not restricted to) assessing climate impacts, regenerating degraded ecosystems, quantifying the resilience of systems, evaluating ecosystem services, and open source, network approaches to tackling these challenges.

The successful applicant will be required to work closely and effectively with external project partners and colleagues based within the University's Colleges and Impact, Innovation and Business directorate.


About you


Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or nearing completion) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study including industry. The successful applicant will possess sufficient specialist knowledge to be able to develop research proposals, methodologies, projects, and outputs/products; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other meetings in innovative ways.


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 fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and 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.


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. 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


Further information

For further information please contact Professor Tim Lenton, T.M.Lenton@exeter.ac.uk Director of the Global Systems Institute, Dr Andy Richards, A.C.Richards@exeter.ac.uk Global Systems Institute Manager, or Beccy Mitchell, R.Mitchell2@exeter.ac.uk Innovation, Impact and Business.