Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental (Water & Carbon) Modelling

About the position

As part of the FARM TREE project, we are looking to fill an environmental modelling position that focusses on identifying spatial and temporal water and carbon effects of different agroforestry strategies and designs. The successful candidate will join the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen and will work closely with project collaborators from the School of Biological Sciences, the James Hutton Institute, and with stakeholder partners from the agricultural and forestry sectors. The modelling work will largely be office-based, though some travelling across Scotland for project meetings will be required. FARM TREE aims to identify the value, barriers and pathways to expansion of trees on UK farmland for coupled water resource management, carbon sequestration and for wider benefits; as well as providing decision support tools for strategic planning. While this position focusses on the current and future environmental effects, close collaboration with social scientists is required to identify optimal agroforestry scenarios that also consider socio-economic factors. It is anticipated that the appointee will have a significant role in helping manage the project and disseminating findings through writing papers for leading international journals, and presenting the work at key international scientific conferences, as well as via stakeholder events.

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Salary will be at the appropriate point on Grade 6, £35,333 - £42,155 per annum with placement according to qualifications and experience.

As this is a project limited post, it is available for 23 months.

About you

The successful candidate for this position should have excellent skills in hydrological and/or carbon modelling and have knowledge of the fundamental processes that govern the water and carbon cycles. Experience in combining process-based understanding with strong numerical/computational skills is essential. A basic understanding of agroforestry is beneficial and experience in working in interdisciplinary research projects would be advantageous. It is expected that the candidate holds or is about to be awarded a PhD in hydrology, biogeochemical cycling, environmental science or related topic to the above themes.

How to Apply

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Josie Geris, PI of the FARM TREE project, e-mail:

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa. At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Patrycja Bromm, HR Adviser (Graduate Trainee) (e-mail: for further information.

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The closing date for the receipt of applications is 23 September 2022

The School of Geosciences embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring. Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

posted: 05 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.