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School of Geography

Calls for expressions of interest for the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The School of Geography has a diverse community of postdoctoral fellows who contribute to our dynamic research environment. We welcome enquiries from potential postdoctoral fellows interested in applying for the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme.

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Applicants wishing to consider applying for the Early Career Fellowships are encouraged to contact a member of staff in the appropriate area of expertise to act as their mentor at least six weeks in advance of the internal deadline. Applications must fit both the funding scheme criteria and the School’s research profile.

Because these Fellowships require an institutional contribution to match that made by the Leverhulme Trust, only a small number of exceptional applications will be supported. The School is able to nominate a limited number of applications for consideration by a university selection panel. Candidates will be notified in late January whether they have been selected to submit an application to the Leverhulme Trust.

The expressions of interest must include in a single PDF document:

  • a statement confirming eligibility for the scheme - please state in a series of bullet points how you meet the Trust’s eligibility requirements;
  • a proposed start and end date for the award;
  • a 2-page academic CV;
  • an outline research proposal including title, abstract (250 words), statement of past and current research (250 words) and 2 page (A4) project outline, as per the Leverhulme Trust application guidelines
  • the name of your QMUL mentor, whose support you should secure in advance of your application.

Applications should be sent to Monira Begum at m.begum@qmul.ac.uk by 5pm on 7 January 2022.

Initial enquires can be directed to Monira Begum, Research Manager at m.begum@qmul.ac.uk or to a prospective mentor.

Support for postdoctoral researchers in the School of Geography

The School of Geography at QMUL is a notable centre for the nurture of postdoctoral and early career colleagues, and we have been highly successful in supporting postdoctoral applications.

Postdoctoral researchers in the School are supported by their research mentors and are part of a vibrant research community. The School runs an annual Staff Research Conference and a research seminar series, which runs throughout the year providing opportunities for PDRs to present their research to the rest of the School. Research theme groups hold many additional research events and workshops.

The QMUL Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Researchers Network offers additional support. As well as regular talks and workshops, there are opportunities to meet other ECRs from across the Faculty to share experience and knowledge of the process of establishing an academic career.

Opportunities for Earth and Environmental Science Fellowships

The School of Geography has an exceptional range of instrumentation for field and laboratory settings. Prospective fellows can conduct activities such as analysis of environmental macronutrients, minor and trace element geochemistry, contaminants and GHG in waters, sediments and soils; novel 3D microtomography analysis of sediment from micro to cm scales; and investigate hydrodynamics and sediment transport in river channels using specialist field equipment. Computational research including 3D reconstruction and analysis of earth surface features; satellite remote sensing; and numerical modelling of environmental systems is supported through specialist geospatial computing facilities and associated geospatial surveying equipment including TLS, drones and dGPS systems. Full details of the equipment available to support a Fellow’s research can be found here.

In addition to these facilities QMUL have recently invested in a REIGL RiCopter system to advance the School of Geography’s existing profile in Physical Geography and Environmental Science research. This system is equipped with a miniVUX-2UAV LiDAR system, which makes up to 200,000 measurements per second, allowing for rapid high-resolution characterisation of landscapes and vegetation. In addition to the LiDAR instrument, the UAV system also includes 3 co-located cameras, collecting thermal, multispectral and RGB data alongside LiDAR scans. We particularly welcome Fellowship enquires from people who would benefit from the use of this UAV system in their research.