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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,302 to £33,199 per annum. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th May 2019
Closes: 19th June 2019
Job Ref: UOS022673

Contract Type: Fixed term: 3 years with a start date as soon as possible

Faculty: Faculty of Science

Department: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

We are looking for a talented Research Associate to undertake (bio)geophysical reactive transport modelling of silicate mineral dissolution and the associated interactions with soils to address key issues raised by these proposals. We envisage a focus on modelling the weathering and potential carbon capture of a range of artificial silicate feedstocks (for example, iron and steel slag, construction aggregate wastes) in agricultural soils, and their interactions with other CDR strategies (for example, biochar, soil carbon). You should have a PhD in modelling geochemical processes with PhreeqC or related platforms. You will have outstanding expertise in using PhreeqC, and/or related aqueous geochemical modelling platforms, and other standard software packages, including MATLAB. Initially, we envisage developing an idealised 1D soil column as a tool for investigating silicate weathering and key soil chemistry interactions, but with opportunities for extending analyses to the landscape scale and beyond to a global model with varying climate scenarios, depending on the problem being addressed.

You will work collaboratively with Professor David Beerling FRS in LC3M at the University of Sheffield, Professor Steve Banwart at the University of Leeds, and our existing geochemical modelling team. In our Centre, we maintain an exciting collegial atmosphere, working with a diverse collection of people that includes geochemical, carbon cycle and Earth system modellers, experimentalists and field researchers. You will drive this effort as your main research project but will collaborate with other researchers both on this work and on their work. You will enrich the intellectual diversity of the research group and have an active interest in strengthening interdisciplinary connections within the focal areas of the research group. We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

This is a fixed term role available for 3 years with a start date as soon as possible.

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