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Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Scientist

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £26,533 to £27,958 p.a. depending on skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021
Job Ref: JR354

37 hours per week
Fixed term for 3 years
Based at UKCEH Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP
The closing date for applications is 29th October 2021
Interviews will be held on 17th and 18th November 2021

Are you interested in supporting research to better understand soil greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dynamics? Then we would love to hear from you.

This role will contribute to field and laboratory biogeochemistry for a range of experiments to address questions about climate, land use change and terrestrial biogeochemical cycles.

This is a fantastic training position and therefore would suit someone who is looking to develop their skill set in this area. There will be opportunities to develop your skills through this programme over the 3 years.

Main Responsibilities

The post holder will contribute to a range of projects focused on the mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from UK and international land use.

Some of the main responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to existing field and laboratory biogeochemistry for a range of experiments to address questions about climate, land use change and terrestrial biogeochemical cycles.
  • Operation of GHG/Carbon flux measurements (e.g. GHG chambers, eddy covariance) and more process level assessments of microbial community dynamics (e.g. enzyme assays, stable isotopic tracers).

Skills you will gain over 3 years

You will gain skills in the following areas:

  • Operation of automated chamber systems for measuring greenhouse gas fluxes from land use and climate change experiments.
  • Soil coring using percussion augers.
  • Analysis of GHG and soils datasets.
  • Training in laboratory approaches for understanding biogeochemical cycles including microbial carbon and nitrogen dynamics.
  • Remote First Aid, 4x4 training

Skills Criteria

Knowledge & Qualifications

  • A BSc or MSc degree in biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental science, or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of terrestrial carbon cycling and Greenhouse Gas fluxes
  • Knowledge of statistics

Experience/Proven abilities related to the position

  • Experience of working with laboratory or field instrumentation
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out fieldwork
  • Demonstrable ability of statistics and handling data

Skills 

  • Able to talk communicate scientific work undertaken to non-specialist
  • Excellent communication skills for planning and presenting ideas
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good time management and ability to juggle multiple sometimes conflicting demands 

Core Behaviours & Values

  • You will demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to UKCEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork.

Other Requirements

  • Driving license
  • Willingness to travel for work, including overnights
  • Capacity to carry out fieldwork in remote areas and/or overseas

Desirable skills

  • Advanced data handling or modelling experience
  • Experience of soil microbial ecology 

What we offer

To find out the benefits of working with UKCEH, please follow the link  below for a summary.  https://www.ceh.ac.uk/sites/default/files/UKCEH-Terms-and-Conditions-Summary.pdf 

How to Apply

To apply for this position, click the link below. As well as a CV and completing the on-line application questionnaire, please provide a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria listed above

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