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Senior Research Associate (RA2063)

Vacancy Details

Location: ENV - Sch of Environmental Sciences
Job Type: Full-Time
Category: Research & Analogous (RA)
Closing Date: 02/08/2023
Date Posted: 12/21/2022
Reference: RA2063


Faculty of Science
School of Environmental Sciences

Senior Research Associate 
Ref: RA2063

£35,333 to £42,155 per annum 
Full-Time, Fixed Term for 24 months 

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to develop, evaluate and use a model of the global ocean carbon cycle for climate change research, focusing on perturbations of marine biological systems. 

This work will be conducted as part of a dynamic research team exploring the frontiers of knowledge on the limits to stability in marine ecosystem functioning. 

You will introduce microplastics in an existing global carbon cycle model (PlankTOM12) and explore for the first time the implications of microplastics for global marine productivity and the carbon cycle. 

A pre-requisite for this work will be to establish a set of metrics for model evaluation of the carbon flux components in the ocean interior, building on existing work and expanding to the evaluation of ecosystem-related fluxes. 

The work also involves comparison with other carbon cycle models, the gathering and synthesis of relevant observations on microplastics and their influence on different plankton species, and interactions with carbon cycle and marine ecosystem experts to help in the development and evaluation phases. 

The position is suitable for researchers with experience in computer modelling and interest in climate change studies. 

Enthusiastic and imaginative researchers in physics, computer sciences or mathematics interested to contribute to climate science will be considered. 

The post will provide opportunities for collaborations with scientists in the UK and internationally, including with the UK Earth System Modelling group and the Greenocean consortium.

This full-time post is available from 1 April 2023, for a fixed term period of 24 months.

Closing Date: 8 February 2023

The University is committed to diversifying its workforce. As examples, we already hold an Athena SWAN Silver Institutional Award in recognition of our advancement towards gender equality. We also have a Vice-Chancellor led Taskforce on Tackling Racism and a Race Equality Charter Working Group which support our work on race equality. Our aim is to submit to the Race Equality Charter in 2024.


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Contact Name: Professor Corinne Le Quere
Telephone: 01603 592840
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