1502 Research Associate - Marine microbiology and biogeochemistry
Closing date: 7 November 2021
An ongoing contract with fixed funding for 24 months with a possible 12 month extension 35 hours a week but we are open to discussing flexible working options when the project allows. This position will require extensive travel both nationally and internationally, including ship time.
About the Lyell Centre: You will be joining a new and fast-growing Global Research Institute, the Lyell Centre - an inspired fusion of Earth and marine geosciences and technology created in partnership with the British Geological Survey. For more information on the Lyell Centre visit https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/research/the-lyell-centre.htm and www.LyellCentre.ac.uk
About the project: You will be part of the Carbon-Water Dynamics group, led by Dr Ryan Pereira, committed to furthering the understanding of the role carbon and nutrients have in the environment, how it travels from the land to the ocean, and how various reactions allow carbon to exchange with our atmosphere. Our research philosophy is to understand the mechanisms and controls on organic matter (carbon, nitrogen and other macro elements) fluxes in Earth's biogeochemical cycles using fundamental, applied and multidisciplinary approaches. While progress has been made to quantify current carbon stores and fluxes, a large uncertainty still exist on how these carbon flows will will change in the future. This is in part due to our limited knowledge on the source, composition and reactivity of organic compounds during mobilization and transport between terrestrial, oceanic and atmospheric reservoirs and how anthropogenic activity influences natural cycles.
In this European Research Council funded project, Breathing Oceans: understanding the organic skin that modulates the exchange of greenhouse gases between the atmosphere and the ocean (BOOGIE), we will further our understanding of how the ocean's organic skin layer modulates gas exchange to estimate the oceanic sinks and sources of key greenhouse gases both now and in the future. Read more about it here: https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/research/global/lyell-centre/breathing-oceans.htm
About the role: As the lead Post Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) on the project you will have a strong background in marine biogeochemistry and microbiology, and consider interdisciplinary scientific approaches as a key strength. The role requires significant fieldwork effort with participation in ocean going research cruises; you must be able to work independently, have strong organisational skills, and thrive in seeking solutions to a variety of challenges. You will be able to work as part of a larger team including other PDRAs, technicians, and PhD researchers.
The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:
Contact for enquiries:
Candidates can make informal enquiries about this position to Dr Ryan Pereira (R.Pereira@hw.ac.uk)
To Apply: please go to our website and complete the application. Please ensure you attach a CV and Cover Letter detailing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria.
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We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.
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