Research Technician

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal & Plant Sciences

Contract Type: Fixed-Term from 1st February 2017 to 28th February 2018

Faculty: Faculty of Science


You are invited to apply for a Research Technician position working on a new project studying the effects of increased atmospheric CO2 and phosphorus nutrient supply on grassland ecosystems. This research, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, will include establishing a new Free-Air-CO2-enrichment field experiment outside Sheffield, and subsequent collection of samples and data to determine grassland responses to increased CO2. Your role will include helping to build the CO2 enrichment experiment, collecting grassland turfs from the Peak District to place within it, and then ongoing maintenance of the experiment. You will be expected to take regular measurements of CO2 fluxes using an infrared gas analysis systems, and take plant, soil and soil water samples for analysis of carbon and nutrients. You will work with Dr Gareth Phoenix and Prof Jonathan Leake (University of Sheffield) and in collaboration with Dr Iain Hartley, University of Exeter.

You will have demonstrable experience of working in a research laboratory and experience of plant, soil and water sampling and laboratory analyses for carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus is desirable.

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