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Research Fellow in Geological Carbon Storage

University of Oxford - Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford

As part of the Oxford Net Zero initiative, we are searching for a research fellow in the broad area of CO2 storage in the environment. Research interests can include any aspect of modelling, monitoring and verification of CO2 storage in geologic reservoirs, including the oceans.

The successful fellow will be expected to engage with the wider initiative, representing the Department’s wider interests in CO2 storage. Achieving impact with this initiative will involve engagement with industry and regulators, and the public. Building on existing funding and consortia, the fellow will establish a stake-holder forum where knowledge can be exchanged and best practices carried forward. Outreach and scientific communication will be delivered through public lectures, web material and popular science publications. You will be expected to develop research questions within the broad area of CO2 storage in the environment, conduct individual research, analyse detailed and complex qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, and generate original ideas by building on existing concepts. You will develop and implement new research methodologies and materials and share responsibility for shaping the research group’s plan and the writing of group-funding applications for new research projects. You will also contribute to developing a vibrant network of Net Zero research fellows, associated academics and students in Oxford, including joining weekly in-person co-working sessions with fellows in other disciplines. Play a key role in representing the Department in the Oxford Net Zero initiative, including collaborations with other researchers in the initiative and beyond.

You must hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in Earth Sciences, or a related subject. You will have a strong academic publication record, and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field. Experience in handling large datasets, ideally using machine learning, to better understand the response of the sub-surface or hydrosphere to CO2 storage is essential. You will have strong team-working skills and a desire to work in a multidisciplinary research setting, displaying a capacity for impactful engagement with stakeholders, as well as an ability to raise research funds through making grant applications.

For full details of the role please see the job description. Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women candidates and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. The Department of Earth Sciences is committed to equality and values diversity. This is a full-time post for 4 years. While this is a full-time role we can support flexible working arrangements (for instance if you have caring responsibilities) in agreement with the Director. Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on 1st March 2021.

Location: Oxford
Salary: £41,526 to £49,553 per annum, Grade 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd February 2021
Closes: 1st March 2021
Job Ref: 149209
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