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Senior Research Associate Global Carbon and Oxygen Budget Analysis

University of East Anglia - Faculty of Science School of Environmental Sciences

Location: Norwich
Salary: £33,199 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th August 2019
Closes: 23rd September 2019
Job Ref: RA1677

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate to work on the global carbon cycle by establishing the first global oxygen budget, combining observations and model estimates of the changes in oxygen content of the ocean, atmosphere, and land biosphere, with oxygen consumption arising from the use of fossil fuels. The global oxygen budget can provide strong constraints on how the land and ocean carbon reservoirs respond to climate variability and climate change. This work builds on the successful analysis of the global carbon budget, which has provided insight into how the carbon cycle evolves through time.

The post will be part of the European Commission project CCiCC (Climate-carbon interactions in the current century), specifically leading part of the first work package on understanding recent observed trends in carbon-related variables. The post holder will also contribute to the interpretation of atmospheric oxygen and carbon dioxide observations, particularly (but not only) those produced by the group of Dr Andrew Manning at UEA. The work will also build on and contribute to the Royal Society Research Professorship awarded to Professor Le Quéré at UEA, specifically helping to produce and evaluate oxygen fluxes arising from the ocean with the help of a new cutting-edge marine biogeochemistry model developed within the project. This post is ideal for individuals that have broad interest in carbon cycle research, particularly on the functioning of the ocean and land sinks of carbon.

The researcher will be the main scientist at UEA working on the CCiCC project, and will thus play a key role in both the scientific steering of the project, and its practical management. The post-holder will be expected to work in a team and support experienced and less-experiences members alike. The post-holder will have interactions with researchers outside of the UEA, particularly the international team of the CCiCC project and the global carbon budget team.   

The research will be based at the University of East Anglia in the School of Environmental Sciences. 

You will be required to have a PhD in science or equivalent, along with previous experience of independent development and use of complex computer models in any science. Experience in the interpretation of data and model output. You will have advance programming skills, the ability to work with multiple programming languages, and excellent analytical skills. You will have an interest in carbon cycle and climate change science, but you do not need specific knowledge in those fields to apply. You should be able to work in a team and conduct independent research; and be able to meet all the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification.

The full time post is for a fixed term of 30 months and is available from 1 November 2019. 

Closing date: on 23 September 2019. 

The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver

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