Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Six PhD research projects are advertised, from which one post will be appointed :
  1. Can woodlands reduce floods in lowland catchments? (Lead: Prof Anne Verhoef);
  2. Reconstruction of palaeoclimate variability using isotope measurements and modelling (Lead: Prof Sandy Harrison);
  3. Fire and shelter: absence of evidence or evidence of absence? (Lead: Dr Rob Hosfield);
  4. Assessing the resilience of Brazil’s iconic Araucaria forest to past and future climate change (Lead: Prof Frank Mayle);
  5. Tracking the Tiger; a combined isotope and historical ecology approach (Lead: Dr Stuart Black);
  6. Family relations and ethics of care across space: refugee children’s and families’ experiences in south-east England (Lead: Dr Ruth Evans).


  • A good (1st or 2.1) first degree in Archaeology, Geography, Environmental Science or a related discipline;
  • Candidate should possess both strong research interest;
  • Have affinity and capacity for teaching on undergraduate modules;
  • Be able to contribute to Human Geography research methods and fieldclass teaching and supervision and assist in co-ordinating Participation Lab activities.


  • The post will be fully funded for four years as a research student studying for a PhD (75% of time) and a teaching assistant (25% of time);
  • The post will commence on 19th September 2016, for a period of 4 years;
  • The appointed person will be expected to deliver seminars and tutorials to groups of 10-20 students on a regular basis, to undertake assessment marking and to undertake undergraduate dissertation supervision;
  • They will be expected to complete the required training and development activities as specified by the Department, achieving AFHEA status within the first two years of appointment;
  • Teaching duties will not exceed nine hours of teaching and learning work (of which no more than six will be contact hours) during term time.

How to apply?

If you are interested in this position you need to apply online Here.
Although six potential topics are being advertised, only one post will be appointed to the strongest candidate. For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr. Ruth Evans, Associate Professor in Human Geography, Department of Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading at:
For more information please visit the official website.