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Research Assistant/Associate in Carbon Sequestration in Soil Systems

Requisition ID:  13892
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10-Nov-2021

 

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

 

Salary: Research Assistant  - £28,756 - £30,497 per annum

            Research Associate - £31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 3 January 2022

 

 

The Role

 

We are seeking a motivated individual to join our dedicated research family working as part of a new Living Lab Project. The project is unique in its integrated approach that uses technologies from different disciplines with the common goal of achieving Net Zero for a University Defence partner. You will be part of one of six experiments that make up the Living Lab framework: Reduce carbon through carbon capture.

 

This project seeks to explore carbon sequestration potential across various land uses at a military location. We are seeking to appoint a researcher with expertise in soil science, remote sensing and carbon modelling.  

 

To apply, you must hold, or be about to obtain, a PhD in soil science with a focus on soil carbon. You should have the ability to play a leading role within the research team and to communicate and collaborate with project partners. A track record of publishing research in high quality journals and experience supervising student research projects is desirable. 

 

You must have expertise in measuring soil carbon fluxes in the field and in the sampling and preparation of soil samples for carbon analysis. Additionally, you need to have experience in designing and interpreting field surveys, the use of laboratory instrumental procedures, programming in R and expertise in using GIS systems to describe and measure land use attributes in a composite site. 

 

For more infomration about the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and our research, please click here

 

Security: As the Living Lab is with a partner in the Defence sector, you should be prepared for security checks if you are selected as the preferred candidate.  For example, individuals working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

 

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success. 

 

We’re celebrating 150 years of Science, Agriculture and Engineering that made Newcastle University the institution it is today. Although a huge amount has changed over the last 150 years, one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to making a difference. 

We're educating the next generation of experts and tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet.

 

Our innovative work has always focused on making a difference to people’s lives, and you can be part of it. 

 

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

 

This role will be based in Newcastle University with some UK travel required. The position available is full-time and for a two-year fixed period from 1 Feb 2022. 

 

To apply, please submit an online application and upload a covering letter and CV. Please state in your covering letter how you are working towards, meet or exceed the essential and desirable criteria for the role holder as outlined below, evidencing how you are a good fit for the role. 

 

For all informal enquiries, please contact please contact Prof David Manning david.manning@ncl.ac.uk  +44 (0) 191 208 6610

 

Key Accountabilities

 

•    Survey and sample soils with different land uses at a military location, using remote sensing, GIS and hand-held field apparatus
•    Measure soil carbon emissions using an EGM instrument, interpreting the data to estimate fluxes for different land uses
•    Measure soil organic and inorganic carbon contents following sample preparation for analysis using instrumental methods, including thermal analysis and related techniques
•    Prepare and dispatch samples for analysis by external laboratories, including stable isotope and XRF analyses
•    Collate data from different sources, interpreting these to provide information relating to changes in soil carbon stock with time in response to human intervention
•    Effectively communicate and work within an international team composed of staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students and external partners, including regular reporting

 

The Person (Essential)
 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
 

•    Experienced in measuring soil carbon fluxes in the field, and in the sampling and preparation of soil samples for carbon analysis
•    Experience of designing and interpreting field surveys to determine carbon fluxes and how they change with time
•    Experienced in use of laboratory instrumental procedures to determine organic and inorganic carbon in soils
•    Expertise in using GIS systems to describe and measure land use attributes in a composite site
•    Expertise in programming in R
•    A record of publication commensurate with experience level
•    Observational and practical skills consistent with the demands of contemporary scientific research
•    A good standard of written and verbal English
•    Excellent communication skills and the ability to work within a team
•    Expertise in the characterisation of soil minerals (e.g. by XRD, thermal analysis, scanning electron microscopy) Desirable


Attributes and Behaviour

 

•    A commitment to work with due attention to the safety of themselves and others
•    A commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
•    Self-motivation, a determination to succeed and a commitment to high standards
•    The capacity to undertake original research and work independently
•    A willingness to take on the day-to-day supervision of PhD and MSc project students as necessary

 

Qualifications
 

•    PhD (awarded or near completion) in soil science with a focus on soil carbon
•    Ability to drive in the UK with an appropriate driving licence

 

 

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN 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.

 

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 13892