Research Fellow in Biogeochemical Modelling

University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment - School of Earth and Environment

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 4 years due to external funding)

Open to job share or flexible working considerations

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in numerical modelling? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be a key member of the European Research Council funded project “MINORG: The Role of Minerals in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle” and will work with the research team at Leeds and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research at Kiel in Germany. It is the central hypothesis of MINORG that minerals play a major role in the preservation and burial of organic carbon in marine sediments and thus in regulating Earth’s climate and oxygenation. Working as a biogeochemical modeller you will develop and validate a new model for organic carbon preservation and burial in marine sediments. In particular you will integrate experimentally derived parameters that describe the association of dissolved organic matter with marine sediment minerals, and the rate of degradation of mineral associated organic carbon, into current modelling frameworks for organic carbon dynamics in marine sediments. You will undertake model development, validation and upscaling, and lead associated research publications.You will also support the project leader Professor Caroline Peacock in the planning and administration of MINORG.

You will have experience in Matlab, Mathematica or a similar scientific programming language. Knowledge of marine sediment biogeochemical dynamics is desirable. You will show a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Caroline Peacock, Professor of Biogeochemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7877, email:

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