Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

This post is available from 1 October 2017 for 4 years to support the work of Professor Peter Cox on his ERC Advanced Grant ‘ECCLES’.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The ECCLES project aims to reduce uncertainties in climate-carbon projections using Emergent Constraints. Emergent constraints are relationships between observable variations in the Earth System and future changes, which are evident across an ensemble of models. ECCLES will provide a general theoretical basis for these, and identify new constraints on the role of the land biosphere in the Earth System.

This post is one of a team of 3 postdoctoral researchers, 3 PhD students and a data analyst, who will be working with Professor Cox on aspects of ECCLES. In particular, this postdoctoral researcher will analyse observational data to infer changes in the land biosphere, and then use this data, plus outputs from Earth System Models (ESMs), to derive emergent constraints from the observed spatial variations. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in Earth System Modelling, with experience of analysing large datasets, and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others, and act as team leader as required.

The successful candidate will be appointed at Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grade E) or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade F) depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role. Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here

For further information, please contact Professor Peter Cox, telephone +44(0)7827 412572 or

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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