Research Associate / Senior Research Associate
Requisition ID: 5195
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Salary: £30,942.00 - £55,750.00
The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology seeks a researcher with an interest in methane emissions from lakes in relation to past, present and future environmental change. You will have experience in limnology or palaeolimnology, measuring greenhouse gas fluxes, and stable isotope analysis / isotope mixing models.
This 24-month fixed-term role is part of the NERC-funded project “Past methane from lakes in Alaska: Integrating proxy records and models”, which is a collaboration among Newcastle University, University of Southampton and Bournemouth University, with project partners in the USA, Sweden and Switzerland.
The project will combine data from proxy-records (lake sediment cores) and numerical modelling to understand changes in lacustrine methane emissions in Alaska during the Holocene, with the aim to better predict future methane emissions from high-latitudes under warmer-than-present climatic conditions.
You will be expected to do fieldwork in Alaska and collect sediment cores and perform methane emission measurements together with PI and Co-Is. You will also undertake Pb-210, Cs-137 and radiocarbon dating of sediment cores and analyse invertebrate remains. Stable isotopes of invertebrates and specific compounds will be analysed together with colleagues at the University of Southampton.
You will work closely with a second postdoctoral researcher at Bournemouth University who will use the proxy-data to test a process-based model for lake methane emissions under different climate scenarios.
The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.
The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Attributes and Behaviour
PhD or equivalent professional qualifications in geography, environmental science/chemistry, palaeoecology, limnology, or related subject
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