Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Soil Biogeochemistry

University of Reading - Geography & Environmental Science

We seek a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join the Environmental Science Research Division and work on a 3-year BBSRC funded project to investigate the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in arable soils planted with cover crop green manure mixtures.

You will work on the DIVERSE project (DIVerse crop residues Engender Resilience of Soil functions and Ecosystem services) and investigate whether the incorporation of cover crop residue mixtures into arable soils provides benefits that are greater than the sum of the parts. It is hoped that the findings will not only change agricultural practice by developing new cover crop mixtures, but also revolutionise our understanding of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in soils.

You will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Environmental Science or other relevant discipline
  • Excellent laboratory analytical skills
  • An excellent understanding of major soil biogeochemical cycles (particularly C and N)
  • Strong skills in quantitative analysis of environmental data
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Informal contact details

Contact role: Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, DIVERSE Principal Investigator
Contact name: Dr Tom Sizmur
Contact phone: +44(0)118 3788913
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Associate Professor in Soil Microbiology
Contact name: Dr Liz Shaw
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 6971
Contact email:

Interviews will be held on 11 May 2018

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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