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Greenhouse Gas Flux Field and Data Scientist

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Full time (37 hours per week)

UKCEH Bangor, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW

Fixed term for 3 years

Closing date for applications is Sunday 24th January 2021

Interviews to be held on Friday 12th February 2021

About Us

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is an independent, not-for-profit research institute carrying out excellent environmental science across water, land and air.  At UKCEH there are various career paths open to first-class scientists and support staff.  We have around 500 scientists and students supported by experts in the fields of IT, commercialisation, finance, communications and HR based across four sites (Wallingford, Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster).  Our world class research is delivered via state-of-the-art laboratories, controlled environment facilities and unique monitoring sites across many different habitat types.  Our students and employees gain from working in a stimulating environment incorporating multidisciplinary research that is enriched through our international collaborations with many universities and institutes.

For further information, please visit the UKCEH Website.

Job Purpose

A three year training programme to support UKCEH research on greenhouse gas emissions from land-use, including peatlands and aquatic systems.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support for operation of UKCEH GHG flux measurement systems (flux towers, autochamber systems, manual chamber systems etc) at a range of field sites including Welsh flux tower sites.
  • Support for lowland peat research sites and field experiments in England, including instrument support, data download and telemetry.
  • Responsibility for processing of eddy covariance and autochamber data including use of EddyPro software or similar, R scripts for batch data processing, gap-filling, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Potential to contribute to existing and new international peatland research, e.g. in SE Asia and the Falkland Islands, and to the development of new techniques for measuring GHG emissions from water surfaces.
  • Contribution to and subsequent leadership of scientific publications, and the development of new research activities

Over the 3 years you will gain skills in

  • Operation of eddy covariance and automated chamber systems for measuring greenhouse gas fluxes from land and water surfaces.
  • Processing and analysis of large high-frequency datasets.
  • Field research experience in a range of environments.
  • Potential to gain skills in other areas depending on existing skill set and projects, e.g. process modelling, emissions inventory reporting, analysis of remote sensing data, use of autonomous sensor systems.

Skills Criteria

Knowledge & Qualifications

  • A degree (2.1 or higher) in an environmental or other relevant discipline, or equivalent experience
  • PhD  in an environmental or other relevant discipline, or a Masters level qualification with equivalent demonstrable skills and knowledge
  • Knowledge of carbon cycling and GHG fluxes in land or water

Experience/Proven abilities related to the position

  • An ability to use sensor-based environmental monitoring 
  • A practical understanding of Greenhouse Gas flux measurements
  • An ability to undertake independent field-based research
  • A track record of published research and ideas 


  • High level of numeracy and ability to work with large datasets
  • Skills to program in a high-level language, such as R , Python
  • Good interpersonal and teamworking skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Core Behaviours & Values

  • You will demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to CEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Team work.

Other Requirements -  DBS, Driving licence, Overseas travel etc

  • Ideally a Driving licence
  • Willing to travel for work, including overnights
  • Prepared to work overseas for up to two weeks at a time
  • Desirable skills 
  • Operating eddy covariance flux systems
  • Skills in near real-time data processing and high performance computing
  • Earth Observation or process modelling

What we offer

To find out the benefits of working with UKCEH, please follow the link  below for a summary.  

About the Research Associate Programme

The initial appointment for Research Associates will normally be for a three-year term, however they are able to apply internally for permanent vacancies at any time. Subject to the Research Associate's performance and long term skills needs within their Science Area, appointments may be reviewed and considered for open ended positions. There is an expectation that RA will be appointed at the bottom of the salary scale and will automatically progress to the next pay point at the anniversary of their appointment.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, click the link below. As well as a CV, please provide a covering letter detailing why you may be suitable for the role.

Long term flexibility available for these posts.

UKCEH is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from people with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. UKCEH is an Investors in People organisation.

Location: Bangor, Wales
Salary: £31,200 to £33,000 Band 6 (depending on skills and knowledge)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th December 2020
Closes: 24th January 2021
Job Ref: JR237
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