Research Associate in Methane Emissions

Job number: ACAD106389
Contract Type/Work Pattern: Open ended/Full time
Salary: £35,333 -£39,745 per annum

The role

The School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, seeks to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) for a 3-year position in Methane Emissions. The PDRA will join the team led by Dr Josh Dean as part of a £1.5million UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project 'Finding and fixing gas leaks: Using urban waterways to halt the global rise in methane emissions.'

This PDRA represents an exciting opportunity to work on a global climate challenge with high potential for impact. The successful candidate will lead the measurement of methane emissions and their origin during field campaigns across a range of cities around the globe. There will be a strong focus on career development for the successful candidate, with opportunities and funding available to undertake training/development activities, placements with project partners and international research visits. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue their own research strands with their own research budget, and substantial support will be provided to apply for additional/independent funding.

What will you be doing?

You will apply next-generation instrumentation in the field to simultaneously quantify methane emissions and their isotopic signature at high spatial and temporal resolutions. The core focus of the role is to investigate methane dynamics across a global set of urban waterways (city rivers and canals) to develop technical solutions for accurately measuring methane emissions, determining the origin of emissions, and reducing methane emissions to the atmosphere. This includes direct measurements of methane in urban waterways, collecting samples for lab analysis (e.g., stable isotopes δ2H and δ13C, radiocarbon 14C), and additional analyses to support these measurements which could include water chemistry, biogeochemical functioning, field sensors, remote sensing, modelling and/or biomarkers, depending on the candidate's own focus. Fieldwork locations include the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA.

You should apply if

  • You have a postgraduate research degree with subject knowledge and research experience in a relevant area.
  • Experience contributing to and leading scientific publications/presentations.
  • Experience measuring greenhouse gas fluxes, gas geochemistry, gas isotopes or equivalent experience collecting other environmental data in terrestrial or aquatic environments.
  • Experience of planning fieldwork and contributing to data collection in the field.

Additional information
For informal queries, contact details: Dr Joshua Dean

We seek to attract, develop, and retain individuals from the widest possible talent pool and the broadest possible range of backgrounds. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We particularly welcome applications from Black African, Black Caribbean and other minority ethnic groups, as they are currently under-represented across our university.

Closing date: 10 November 2022.

posted: 20 October 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.