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Graduate Research Assistant

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Exeter
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th May 2019
Closes: 22nd September 2019
Job Ref: P67746

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

The post

The College wishes to recruit a full time Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of A/Prof Angela Gallego-Sala. This NERC funded post is available from 1st November 2019 to 30th April 2020. The successful applicant will be part of a project entitled: “ICAAP: Increased Carbon Accumulation in Arctic Peatlands”. This is a project investigating the fate of Arctic peatlands and whether they will expand and become a stronger sink in the future.

The post will mainly include laboratory duties, including the subsampling, analysis and dating of peat cores collected in Arctic regions. It may also involve some field work, data analysis and some basic modelling. You will need to keep records of all of the data produced in the laboratory/field and you may need to contribute to writing reports.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to work in the laboratory, 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 be educated to first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in Environmental Sciences, Geography or a related discipline and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of research methods and techniques to work within the ICAAP project. Applicants will be able to keep accurate records, be able to organise their work, be computer literate, have good analytical skills, good communication abilities l and will be able to liaise and work closely with other colleagues.

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.

For further information please contact Angela Gallego-Sala, e-mail or telephone (01392) 725873.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

41 days leave per year

Options for flexible working

Numerous discounts at leading retailers

Onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme

Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

Stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, 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

The closing date for completed applications is 12 Midnight, Sunday 22nd September 2019. Interviews are expected to take place during the second week of October.

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