Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Research Assistant - Ecosystem Modeller
The Department of Geography and Environmental Science in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences (SAGES) at the University of Reading invites applications from Ecosystems scientists with a strong, demonstrable background in numerical modelling and affinity with above- and belowground land surface processes.
This post is part of the Nordeste ("New science for a neglected biome") research consortium, funded by the Newton fund/NERC/FAPESP "Understanding & Sustaining Brazilian Biome Resources" programme. This project is led by Imperial College (Professor Colin Prentice), with various UK (Reading University (PI: Professor Anne Verhoef), Leeds University, Edinburgh Botanical Garden) and Brazilian partners.
The Nordeste project focusses on the dry Caatinga vegetation of North East Brazil, which has suffered from scientific neglect, destruction, and lack of conservation attention, despite a high level of unique (endemic) plant species that are adapted to the region's severe and erratic droughts.
The post holder's main duty will be the development of new hydro-ecological models for Caatinga forest structure and function, with a particular emphasis on between-species below-and above ground competition.
This is a 12 month fixed term post based at the University of Reading (day-to-day supervision by Professor Verhoef, with Professor Prentice in an advisory role).
You will have:
Informal contact details
Contact role: Line Manager
Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Advisor
Interviews will be held on the 7 June 2017
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