Postdoctoral Research Assistant in River Greenhouse Gases

Grade 7: 34,304 - 40,927 per annum
Fixed term for 36 months

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, seeks to appoint a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in River Greenhouse Gases. The PDRA will join a research team and report to the Principal Investigator Prof. Robert Hilton on the project "RIV-ESCAPE: River emissions of greenhouse gases from warming landscapes" ( which is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

The overall aim of the project is to better constrain how and why carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions from rivers will change as landscapes warm. To do this, this PDRA will lead the installation of novel field installations that continuously measure CO2 and CH4 concentration and flux, while quantifying turbulent river flow at high frequency (hours) over seasonal cycles. UK rivers will be used to refine the methods, before their application to track CO2 and CH4 release in Arctic rivers of the Mackenzie Basin, Canada, which drain old carbon stocks that are warming rapidly.

RIV-ESCAPE is a 5-year project which will build a collaborative team of researchers and post graduate students at Oxford. The PDRA will collaborate with scientists in Canada and the UK on themes of greenhouse gas release and river hydrodynamics. They will provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group, while also having responsibilities to manage fieldtrip and equipment logistics. The research will be carried out using cutting-edge equipment to quantify greenhouse gas fluxes (Eddy Covariance) and river hydrodynamics (ADCP, ADV). Alongside the RIV-ESCAPE project, the PDRA will join a broader team working on river and sediment geochemistry with Hilton, comprising a two PDRAs and a PhD student, while also having the opportunity to interact and develop collaborations with a wider range of academics working on biogeochemistry in the Department.

You will be responsible for managing your own academic research and administrative activities, developing new scientific techniques and experimental protocols, and presenting detailed research proposals to senior researchers. You will also test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, and provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group.

You will hold, or be close to completion, of a relevant PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience, possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work with established research programmes. You will have experience of planning fieldwork and contributing to data collection in the field. You must also have excellent communication skills including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

To apply and for further details of the role please see the job description.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 26 August 2022. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

posted: 16 June 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.