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Research Associate in terrestrial biosphere modelling

University of Bristol - Biological Sciences School Team

Location: Bristol
Salary: £35,333 to £39,745 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th November 2022
Closes: 8th January 2023
Job Ref: ACAD106485

The role

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work on a new NERC-funded project: ‘Ghosts from summers past: quantifying the role of vegetation legacy to climatic extreme’. This project will combine statistical data synthesis from flux data and manipulation experiments with modelling to deliver new process-orientated insight into the response of trees to projected changes in the frequency, magnitude, and duration of future droughts and heatwaves across Europe. One role will involve detailed process model development and the other, the application of machine learning to characterise the timescales of ecosystem recovery.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will join the research lab of Associate Professor Martin De Kauwe at the University of Bristol. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also work closely with other project investigators: Professor Tristan Quaife (University of Reading), Professor Patrick Meir (University of Edinburgh), and Associate Professor Lucy Rowland (University of Exeter), as well as a team of international grant partners. 

What will you be doing?

The modelling position  will involve process-based model development of the UK’s land surface model, JULES (the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator). These developments will include the representation of plant hydraulics and testing novel hypotheses relating to photosynthetic acclimation to temperature, leaf acclimation to hydraulic impairment, partial xylem embolism legacy, and the role of non-structural carbohydrates in recovery. 

You should apply if

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) in vegetation modelling, plant ecophysiology, mathematics, physics, atmospheric science, or similar quantitative discipline.
  • Knowledge of plant physiology processes.
  • Significant experience in the use of relevant terrestrial biosphere models
  • Demonstrated programming/computing skills in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • Strong research and publication track record (relative to career opportunity)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently in a research environment.

Informal expressions of interest can be directed to Martin De Kauwe, m.dekauwe@bristol.ac.uk.

Additional information

The University of Bristol aims to be a place where everyone feels able to be themselves and do their best in an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We want to attract, develop, and retain individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives – particularly people of colour, LGBT+ and disabled people - because diversity of people and ideas remains integral to our excellence as a global civic institution.

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