Research Associate Soil Carbon Modeller

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

3 Years Fixed Term Appointment

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

About the role

Research into the biogeochemistry of soil carbon dynamics, with a focus on developing dynamic mathematical models to integrate emerging process understanding of controls on soil carbon distribution and change at the local scale, and embedding these models in geospatial frameworks to enhance predictions of threats to soil at national to global scales.

At the end of the three year training programme, the Research Associate will have gained in depth training in a broad spectrum of research skills related from soil science, scientific programming, and computing technologies through to the publication and communication of research findings for a range of audiences.  They will have had the opportunity to participate in, contribute to and support the development of a wide range of projects supporting the delivery of CEH science objectives.

About you

You will have a degree (2:1 or better) or equivalent qualification is essential in Environmental Sciences or Soil Science degree. PhD (or equivalent experience) in environmental or earth systems modelling. You must be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more scientific programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN or C), strong GIS skills, and competence in multivariate statistical and spatial analysis techniques are all essential. Familiarity with GUI development and experience in a number of computing environments is desirable. An important part of the job will be to maintain communications with senior staff and to work around any problems encountered; therefore, you are required to have good communication skills and the ability to work on your own initiative. You will be working in collaboration with other scientists so will need a flexible attitude, the ability to meet deadlines and a sound teamwork ethic.

Eligibility to apply

To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit. CEH can only apply for a work permit in cases where there are no suitably qualified or experienced resident workers; otherwise applicants should normally be resident in the UK or a national of the European Union.

Applications are handled by the UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC234989.

Closing Date: 29th January 2017
Interview Date: 21st February 2017

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