Senior Research Associate: Solar Park Impacts on Ecosystems

Lancaster University
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Sunday 24 November 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 27 November 2019
Reference:  A2876

We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher to join an interdisciplinary team working on the interactions between renewable energy infrastructure and the hosting ecosystem - an emerging, exciting and impactful research field. Provisioning energy is a global ‘grand challenge’, heightened by growing demand and the need to decarbonise energy supplies to avoid dangerous climate change. Ground-mounted solar parks have proliferated, constantly exceeding projections and their growth is predicted to continue. Given the relatively low energy density of solar parks, this represents a significant land use change, however, the effects on ecosystems remains a substantial knowledge gap. Resolving this knowledge gap is critical, especially in light of the recent IPBES report that identifies land use change as the dominant driver of decline in nature. Moreover, solar parks, unlike many land use changes, offer significant potential to embed ecosystem co-benefits but to achieve this we urgently need to further understanding. 


We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral researcher to assess the effects of land use change for solar parks on a range of ecosystem process and properties, developing some of the first understanding globally. There will be extensive field research across the UK and you will be supported by a masters by research student. You will analyse and potentially model the data to produce impactful journal articles. Further, there will opportunities to develop industry and policy-orientated outputs and potentially media articles.


This project is part of the UKERC Energy, Ecosystems and Landscapes theme ( and you will liaise with other members of the theme and benefit from being part of the UKERC community. You will be part of a motivated and supportive group of energy-environment researchers within Lancaster Environment Centre ( and embedded within Energy Lancaster (


The post is fixed term one year from January 2020. 


Shortlisted candidates will be informed on the 25th November and the interview will be on Wednesday 27th November.


For any informal enquiries please contact Dr Alona Armstrong

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research.

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