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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Soil Science (Pesticides)

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
Grade 6 / 31,604 - 32,548 a year
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Role Description

A Postdoctoral Research Associate is sought to work on collaborative research funded by Syngenta. This is an exciting opportunity to investigate how soil tillage practices modify structure and hydraulic properties and to quantify impact on leaching of pesticides through soil. The position will be based within the Environment Department at the University of York

You will be responsible for undertaking research under the supervision of Professor Colin Brown, comprising an integrated programme of experiments, field measurements and mathematical modelling. As well as publishing the findings in the open literature, you will be responsible for proposing a framework for integrating tillage practices into approaches to reduce transfer of pesticides to surface water. You will be expected to develop collaborative working internally and externally and to contribute to identification and development of potential areas for future research.

As well as a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant environmental, soils or hydrological discipline, you will have knowledge of soil science including soils physics, and of mathematical modelling methodologies. You should have demonstrable prior experience of designing and undertaking experiments in soil systems, the ability to transfer scientific understanding into simulation models, and skills in mathematics and statistical analysis. The project will include fieldwork, so a clean driving license is essential.

The post is fixed-term for two years and is available on a full-time basis to start from 1st April 2018.

Interviews will take place on the 15 December 2017.

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