School of Energy, Geoscience Infrastructure & Society

Research Associate - Institute for Life and Earth Sciences

Salary: £32,817 - £36,914

The successful candidate will be part of the Palaeo climate team at the Lyell Centre, and work on the project 'Fate of ocean oxygenation in a warming world' with Dr Babette Hoogakker. Oxygen is critical to the health of all higher life. Since the 1960s, oxygen concentrations in the oceans have decreased by 2%(Schmidto et al., 2017), a trend expected to continue and strengthen in the future, although to what extent is currently unclear. Part of this uncertainty relates to a poor understanding of the long-term natural ocean oxygen cycle, and the contribution of different oceanographic drivers. The project aims to significantly advance our understanding of the long-term ocean oxygen cycle and its drivers using palaeoceanographic reconstructions and climate model simulations across key climatic intervals.

The candidate will use existing and generate new climate model simulations using the Kiel Climate Model (KCM) and the Hadley Centre Coupled Model version 3 (HADCM3) to force marine biogeochemical models (PISCES &HadOCC) to investigate the effect that closing the American Seaway has on ocean biogeochemical cycling and ventilation. Comparison of the model simulations with FARGO's unique new datasets of O2 and drivers will provide a robust test to investigate if the biogeochemistry simulations are realistic and correct for these specific time periods and identify possible routes to improve them.

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

  • Design experiments and conduct simulations using KCM and HADCM3.
  • Use existing and new climate model simulations to force biogeochemical PISCES & HadOCC models, with a focus on the marine oxygen and carbon cycle
  • Co-supervise team members (doctoral student, research analyst)
  • Write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research, and present research findings at conferences and workshops

You should have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD (or close to completion) in a relevant field (mathematics, physics, geophysics or similar). You should demonstrate experience in:

  • Experience in performing and analysing climate model experiments
  • Experience using either the Kiel Climate Model or HADCM3
  • Familiarity with coding and running computer models, good programming skills in Fortran, Python or equivalent and scripting
  • Experience in the application of advanced statistical methods/tools to analyse and visualize climate (model) data
  • Ability to work at other locations (weeks) including Leeds University in the UK and Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel in Germany
  • Ability and desire to work in a closely cooperating team but also independently
  • Good communication skills; proficiency in English

The position is available for 31 months.

For application details and further information please go to:

Ref: IRC27024
Closing date: 8th July 2020.

posted: 09 June 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.