Research Fellow, Landscape Dynamics and Ecology

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 per annum
18 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/12/2022
Closing Date:  Friday 12 November 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1554621WR

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work at the University of Southampton on a full time fixed term basis until 31/12/2022. The project is funded by The Leverhulme Trust, on "Unnatural dynamics of flood deposits in built environments".

Population and land-use pressures on river and coastal floodplains means that flood events deposit large volumes of sediment and debris in built environments. These "unnatural" flood deposits are ubiquitous, delay emergency response, and are costly to clean up. We aim to predict how spatial characteristics of built environments control the shape, scale, movement, and distribution of flood deposits. We will measure and model flood deposits in built and non-built environments to quantify and explain their differences. This project is a formative step in transdisciplinary research into how natural phenomena interact with and impact built environments.

We seek a self-motivated, intellectually curious, quantitative scientist with ready skills in writing and using open-source code (e.g., Python, R). Candidates should have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in a relevant subject area. A background in physical geography is preferred, but not essential: candidates with a background in cognate disciplines (e.g., physics, fluid dynamics, coastal/fluvial engineering, computer science) are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will work closely with the two principal investigators (Dr Eli Lazarus, at Southampton, & Dr Evan Goldstein, at the University of North Carolina Greensboro), and will collaborate with, and help to mentor, a PhD student also working on the project. The post is hosted in the School of Geography & Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Eli Lazarus ( and/or Dr Evan Goldstein (

It is anticipated that interviews will take place November 2021.

The School of Geography and Environmental Science is committed to fostering a culture of equality, diversity and inclusionWe welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates, and particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups who are under-represented within academic posts at the University, including, but not limited to: people from Black and minority ethnic groups; and disabled people.  The School are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies, flexi-time and flexible working. We are a Disability Confident employer and the School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award.

We are a signatory to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and can provide opportunities for career development and mentoring.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at Please ensure you include your CV and 2 page cover letter. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1554621WR on all correspondence.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.