Post-doctoral: Soil Water Biogeochemistry in River Corridors

The James Hutton Institute is an internationally recognised research centre based in Scotland where we are tackling challenging problems including the impact of climate change on soils and freshwaters.

This full-time, 24 month post-doc post in the Hydrology and Biogeochemistry group joins an exciting UK Research Council funded project studying riparian soils as the gatekeepers of land to water nutrient cycles. The project team brings experts across soil mapping and characterisation, field monitoring, soil biogeochemistry, climate change effects and catchment nutrient modelling, involving leading catchment scientists in Lancaster University, Sweden and Germany, including international research platforms.

Our ideal applicant will have a PhD in environmental, soil or water sciences with experience of field monitoring, soil characterisations and experimentation.

The post-holder will manage field temporal-monitoring plots, sample soils, undertake biogeochemical experiments manipulating soil temperature, saturation and redox conditions and evaluate carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling indicators. Knowledge of soil chemical, microbiological and hydrological processes in a catchment context is essential, as is the ability to manage data quality from field monitoring and laboratory experiments.

This post-doc opportunity will suit someone eager to learn interdisciplinary catchment approaches answering global nutrient challenges and join a team of committed science communicators to a range of audiences; motivation for, and track record of, science publishing is desirable.

This post will be based at our Aberdeen site, although with a requirement to undertake field work supported by the wider team in NE Scotland, NW England and two summer international campaigns.

A driving licence valid for use in UK is an essential requirement.

All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.

Further information is available from or, for informal enquires, contact Prof. Marc Stutter (email: )

Our Commitment to Equality and Diversity

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute is Happy to Talk Flexible Working.

The Company

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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