Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal & Plant Sciences

Contract Type: Fixed-Term for 36 months

Faculty: Faculty of Science

Summary of role:

The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences seeks an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to undertake research investigating the effects of increased atmospheric CO2 and phosphorus nutrient supply on grassland ecosystems in the NERC funded project ‘PLACE’ (Phosphorus Limitation and ecosystem responses to Carbon dioxide Enrichment). The limitation that P supply might impose on an ecosystem’s ability to sequester more C in an elevated CO2 world has been highlighted as a core research need by the IPCC. This project is directly aimed at addressing that research need
PLACE is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter, where you will work with Dr Gareth Phoenix and Prof Jonathan Leake (University of Sheffield) and Dr Iain Hartley (University of Exeter).

The position will suit a researcher with experience in ecosystem biogeochemistry, and plant and soil responses to CO2 or nutrient limitation. You will have a PhD in a relevant biological or geoscience subject (or have equivalent experience) and have experience of quantifying ecosystem carbon and/ or nutrient fluxes and budgets.

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