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Research Associate in salt-marsh carbon studies

Environment and Geography
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Role Description


 The Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York has a vacancy for a postdoctoral research associate to work for 15 months on the project 'Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments (C-SIDE)'. This is a three-year project funded by a NERC Standard Grant and led by the University of St Andrews in collaboration with colleagues at Bangor, CEH and Leeds.



 You will conduct research and take a leading role in the NERC-funded project 'Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments (C-SIDE)' in close collaboration with colleagues at St Andrews, Leeds, Bangor and CEH. You will lead targeted fieldwork in 7 coastal regions around Britain using coring to document salt-marsh stratigraphy, depth of Holocene infill and contemporary sedimentation rates. You will also take a leading role in subsequent laboratory analyses, including dating cores in collaboration with the Plymouth CoRIF laboratory and the NERC Radiocarbon Facility, and analyses of cores via a range of physical and chemical sediment properties to be conducted in York and St Andrews. You will also take the lead on relevant publications and conference presentations, as well as facilitating direct access to the resultant data by other scientists.


Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

 You will have a first degree and a Ph.D. in relevant disciplines such as Geography, Geology, Earth Science or Environmental Science. You will have experience of field work, especially in coastal settings. You will ideally have knowledge of coastal sediments and knowledge of carbon cycling in saltmarshes or similar environments. Expertise in coring techniques is highly beneficial. You will be expected to present key findings in high impact academic journals and to present at national and international conferences. The post will involve working with partners in the Department of Environment and Geography (York), and the Universities of Leeds, St Andrews, Bangor and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; being able to work as part of a team as well as independently using own initiative is crucial.


This post is available on a fixed term basis for 15 months.


This post is available at either full time hours or part time hours (at 0.5 FTE or above). A part time working pattern will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate, which will be arranged around field campaigns.


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