Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter
Exeter, Devon (GB)
The starting salary will be from £35,845 up to £46,718 on Grade F,
October 17 2019
Ref: P70024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ref: P70024

Closing date: 12 November 2019

Location: Exeter

Salary The starting salary will be from £35,845 up to £46,718 on Grade F, depending on               qualifications and experience.

Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

The post 

The College wishes to recruit a full time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a NERC-funded project that will improve understanding of how much carbon may be released to the atmosphere as permafrost soils thaw. As northern high latitudes warm, some of the billions of tonnes of carbon stored in frozen soils will be released to the atmosphere, accelerating future rates of climate change. This project will grow a high-latitude plant species in contrasting permafrost soils, and determine the fate of new carbon inputs from the plant. The aim is to determine the extent to which the formation of new soil organic matter from these plant inputs can offset carbon emissions from thawing permafrost. This NERC-funded post is available from 1st January 2020 to 31st July 2023.

              The post's main roles will included

              1. Establishing and maintaining plant-soil mesocosms.
              2. Measuring the rates of soil CO2 release and its isotopic composition.
              3. Completing isotopic analyses of different soil organic matter fractions.
              4. Analysing large datasets.
              5. Leading the presentation of findings at national and international conferences, and in                            leading academic journals

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in ecosystem science or biogeochemistry. The successful applicant will have a high level of expertise in terrestrial carbon cycling and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will have strong understanding of the function of high-latitude or high-altitude ecosystems and be able measure carbon stores and fluxes.

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.

The University of Exeter 

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. 

Our research income in recent years means we're fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. 

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.  

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

                - 41 days leave per year
               - options for flexible working
               - numerous discounts at leading retailers
               - onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
               - sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
                - stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

For further information please contact Iain Hartley, e-mail or telephone (01392) 724362.

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