Post-Doctoral Researcher in Nature-Based Solutions for Planetary Health

Glasgow Caledonian University

18 May 2023
Job Information

Glasgow Caledonian University
School of Health and Life Science
Research Field
Environmental science » Global change
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Recognised Researcher (R2)
United Kingdom
Application Deadline
18 Jun 2023 – 23:59 (Europe/London)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Post-Doctoral Researcher to join our interdisciplinary team at Glasgow Caledonian University and contribute to our Mission Orientated research on “Nature-Based solutions for climate and health”. Our mission is to co-create sustainable and socially innovative Nature-based solutions to increase resilience of urban communities where health, social, and climate change vulnerability cluster. The successful candidate will work closely with the School of Health Data Science for Common Good Research Group and the School of Engineering, Computing and the Build Environment Center for Build Environment and Asset Management and Yunus Centre for Social Business to develop this mission.

The Researcher will join a multidisciplinary team of experts in public health, environmental sciences data sciences, and social innovation focused on finding systemic solutions informed by data and evidence and co-created with stakeholders for Nature-Based Solutions.

 “solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social, and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes, and seascapes through locally adapted, resource-efficient, and systemic interventions” (European Commission 2015)”

We need somebody capable of seeing the big picture but with excellent attention to detail and ready to tackle complex problems involving health, climate change, health inequalities and sustainability. We are looking for an individual passionate about multidisciplinary research.   The post-doctoral researcher will be expected to contribute and drive growth in Nature-Based Solutions. The main role of the post-doctoral research will be to

  • Develop, conduct and publish research in line with the mission.
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop funding bids.
  • Work closely with the lead researchers to coordinate the mission.
  • Engage and maintain liaison with key stakeholders, including maintaining a database.
  • Organise working and co-creation events.
  • Track the impact of the research.



    Research Field
    Education Level
    PhD or equivalent

    Specific Requirements



    We are seeking a Researcher who holds a DPhil/PhD in environmental science, health research, social sciences, computer sciences or related fields such as human geography, sustainability (or nearing completion of a PhD).  The candidate should demonstrate

    • Scientific publication record.
    • Track record in developing funding applications.
    • Excellent organisational and project managerial skills.
    • Effective communication capacity.
    • Ability to work quickly in a highly methodical way, paying attention to detail and ensuring accuracy.
    • Proven track record in working in a highly collaborative way.
    • Ideally experienced with data science and writing code in R and/or python.
    • Ideally able to take responsibility for developing, independently plan and manage a research project
    • Experience in economics and cost-effectiveness analysis would be a bonus.
    • Experience in dealing with Natural Experiments would be a bonus.

    For an informal discussion on any aspects of the role, you can contact Prof Sebastien Chastin [email protected]




    Research Field
    Environmental science » Global changeMedical sciences » Health sciences
    Years of Research Experience
    1 – 4

    Additional Information



    Salary Scale:

    £36,333 – £41,931 per annum


    Full-time (1FTE)/Fixed term (24 months)


    Glasgow Caledonian University – the University for the Common Good – is a vibrant, values-led, multi-cultural University with a global outlook, dedicated to delivering social innovation. Our organisational strategy is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and our globally recognised researchers advise governments, industry and international bodies. We’re ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for promoting gender equality, 69th globally for social impact, and the top modern university in Scotland for research power. In 2020-21, we contributed £1.7 billion and more than 14,000 jobs across the globe.


    GCU is committed to widening participation, delivering positive outcomes for our students, and we’re Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships. With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, we have transnational partnerships around the world, supporting more than 22,000 students. Guided by our inspirational Chancellor, Dr Annie Lennox OBE, and guided by our values – integrity, responsibility, creativity and confidence – we transform the lives of the people and communities we serve.

    The School delivers high impact research. In the last Research Excellence Framework assessment (2021) 91% of GCU health research has been formally classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. More over the impact of GCU’s health research was classified as outstanding and only surpassed by one other UK institution.

    The Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine within the School of Health of Life Sciences, has an excellent track record in sustaining and growing research and knowledge transfer links with NHS. GCU is 1st for physiotherapy in Scotland 2nd in the UK. Building on this successful track record, the successful candidate will be part of a vibrant team.

    Yunus Centre for Social Business and Microfinance at GCU conducts world-leading research to conceptualise and evidence ways that lives of individuals and communities can be improved through a better understanding of various community-based and health-focused initiatives. The work undertaken addresses multiple Sustainable Development Goals and the Centre is renowned for its multi-disciplinary and social science-based research.

    The researcher will join the Data for Common Good research group which is a multi-disciplinary team across the University. The group aims to develop Data Science for social impact and social innovation. 




    As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values .


    Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.


    The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across

    different disciplines.


    As a Disability Confident ‘Committed’ employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident ‘Committed’ level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.


    The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

    Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant . 


    The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.


    Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).


    You can apply for this role through the Glasgow Caledonian University vacancies page

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