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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in Soil Health and Soil Restoration

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £28,756 to £40,927
Closing Date:   Wednesday 25 May 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3704-R

We are seeking an enthusiastic scientist with a background in soil, environmental, agricultural or ecological sciences to work on a multidisciplinary project that seeks to improve the health of soils associated with development and to restore those where damage has occurred. The project will involve a mix of field and laboratory work and the chance to participate in a multidisciplinary project focused on the circular economy. Soils are often overlooked during the construction sites and at best treated as fill material and at worst removed to landfill. It is estimated that 28 million tonnes of soil per year are lost from construction sites in the UK, more than the estimated loss due to water erosion from agriculture. Soil losses significantly exceed formation rates, depleting this resource and its ability to fulfil its function. 

We are recruiting a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct research on soil health and soil restoration associated with development.  The role will be at the core of one of the 15 research groups that make up the prestigious UKRI-funded Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials (ICEC-MCM). ICEC-MCM brings together seven academic partners and a large group of external stakeholders, to provide leadership to the construction sector in the transition to a Circular Economy.  Working as part of a team, that includes Professor John Quinton (Soil Science) and Professor Carly Stevens (Ecology) at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University and Professor Elizabeth Graham (Archaeology) at University College London, and Dr Rob Askew at Askew and Associates, you  will have primary responsibility for conducting a twenty-two-month programme of work that has been designed in collaboration with the wider research teams within the Centre and more widely with Industry.

Based in the Lancaster Environment Centre, a multidisciplinary department committed to finding sustainable solutions to some of the worlds most pressing environmental problems, you will have access to state-of art laboratories, field equipment and linkages to external stakeholders.  You will join a committed, supportive and vibrant research community dedicated to a more sustainable future for soil. 

The appointment is expected to be available full-time from 1 July 2022, ending on 15 March 2024. A 20% longer part-time appointment at 80% of full time can be considered, if this helps with the appointee’s work-life balance. 

The appointment will be at grade 6 or 7 depending on the candidates experience.

 For an informal discussion about the post please contact Professor John Quinton at

More information about the ICEC-MCM can be found here: 

More information about Lancaster Environment Centre’s Sustainable Soils Group can be found here:  

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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