School of Environmental Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Associate in ocean biogeochemical
processes using autonomous vehicles

Ref: RA1426

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Job Description

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate to undertake studies of ocean biogeochemical processes on the European continental shelf using autonomous vehicles. The SRA will work with Professor Jan Kaiser and others on the NERC-funded project "AlterEco: An Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem Functioning in Shelf Seas". The SRA will participate in the design and delivery of ocean glider campaigns in the North Sea, calibrate and analyse the resulting observations, derive relationships between them, calculate rates of relevant biogeochemical processes and disseminate the work to academic audiences, stakeholders and policymakers.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Ph.D in oceanography or equivalent independent research experience, and be able to fulfil all the essential elements of the person specification.

This full time post is available from 1 October 2017 for a fixed term period until 30 April 2020.

For an informal discussion please contact Professor Jan Kaiser, Professor of Biogeochemistry on Tel: 01603 593393 or email:

To apply for this vacancy, please follow the online instructions at:

Application Deadline: 31 August 2017

posted: 24 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.