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Senior Research Associate

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

Location: Norwich
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th August 2019
Closes: 19th September 2019
Job Ref: RA1680

Modelling Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate with advanced experience in ocean carbon cycle modelling with the NEMO-PlankTOM10 model series. The post holder will integrate various ecosystem components into a single model code, optimise the model, prepare climate forcings, conduct a number of model simulations to assess the drivers of changes in the uptake of carbon by the oceans in the Southern Ocean, with a focus on the relative contribution of climate change and ozone depletion. The post holder will also integrate results from various models and data products in a consistent way. The post holder will develop and use metrics for model validation.

The main work on model simulations and comparison with other products in the Southern Ocean will be part of the NERC SONATA project on Southern Ocean CO2 fluxes. The developments of the model, including evaluation metrics, will be part of the Royal Society Research Professorship of Prof Le Quéré. Further work on the comparison with other products elsewhere will be part of the EC VERIFY project on monitoring and verification of CO2 emissions.

The researcher will be the main specialist scientist working on the specific simulations to be delivered to the SONATA project. The post-holder will be expected to work in a team and collaborate with experienced and less-experiences members alike. Travel to project meetings is essential, and some coordination work will be required (including support with workpackage coordination, reporting, and conference organisation).

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

A PhD in science or equivalent experience, along with previous experience of independent development and use of the NEMO-PlankTOM10 model series. Experience in the synthesis, use and interpretation of ecosystem and biogeochemical data with global coverage. Publications in scientific journals. Experience with the development and use of model metrics in the field. You will have advance programming skills in Fortran and excellent analytical skills. You will have an interest in carbon cycle and how it interacts with climate change science. 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.

This full time post is for a fixed term of 21.5 months, but fixed term must end on 31 January 2022 and is available from 1 March 2020 (flexible) or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

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