Research Associate Environmental Science
and Physical Geography

King's Geography
King's College London
Ref. THW/18/059639/000744
The salary will be paid at Grade 6, 33,518 to 39,992 per annum, plus 2,923 per annum London Allowance.
This post will be Fixed Term, for 12 months in the first instance
This is a Full-time post - 100 % full time equivalent

We wish to appoint a staff member to lead day-to-day operation of the Fire Emissions Testing Chamber (FETCh), a new facility of King's College London funded primarily by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to provide King's researchers with a controlled environment in which to study the physical and chemical processes involved with landscape biomass burning and other biomass burning (e.g. woodburning). This will include characterisation of their gas and aerosol emissions, and IR imaging and spectroscopy.

FETCh consists of a 2.5 m long 'burn chamber' and attached laboratory space housing the instrumentation, housed at our collaborators Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, Hertfordshire). This is a rural location around 25-mins train ride from London King's Cross, and it may be useful if the selected candidate was able to base themselves closer to here than Central London (though not essential). A PhD is useful for this role, which will involve a mix of research and technical work, but other experience will be considered. The selected candidate will be expected to lead on some research publications, and contribute to others.

An example of one type of experiment able to be conducted using FETCh is described in: Freeborn, P.H., Wooster, M.J., Hao, W.M., Ryan, C.A., Nordgren, B.L., Baker, S.P. and Ichoku, C., 2008. Relationships between energy release, fuel mass loss, and trace gas and aerosol emissions during laboratory biomass fires. JGR Atmospheres, 113(D1). Available at

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 12 months in the first instance. Applicants wishing to work part time will also be considered.

The selection process will include a panel interview.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Prof Martin Wooster at

To apply for this role, please go to: and register to download and submit the specified application form.

Closing date: 27th June 2018

published: 07 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.