Postdoc for UK-China CZO, based in UK

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 05:30 to Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 05:30

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Will be based at the University of Exeter, UK with interaction with the University of Bristol, Rothamsted Research and Chinese collaborators and with field work in China.

This new full-time post is available from immediately on a fixed term basis until 31st December 2018.

The College wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to participate inSPECTRA: Soil Processes and Ecological Services in the Karst Critical Zone of Southwest China. The SPECTRA programme aims to enhance the sustainable development of one of the poorest regions of China, Guizhou, through cutting edge critical zone (CZ) science undertaken by integrated, complementary and multidisciplinary teams of Chinese and UK scientists that thereby builds the capacity of critical zone science in China. The overarching scientific objective of this project is to determine what controls the resilience, response and recovery of the CZ and its integrated geophysical-geochemical-ecological functions to perturbations, and how understanding of interactions between CZ processes from molecular to catchment scale can be used to develop integrated sustainable landscape management for the Guizhou karst CZ. 


The role holder will work closely with the exceptional team of UK and Chinese partners to ensure this complex project is successful. S/he will have responsibility for day to day oversight of the project; data management; managing the integration of Chinese scientists into the UK laboratories; extended periods of fieldwork to instrument and monitor the CZ observatory sites. S/he will also play an important part in the modelling work and have responsibility for leading manuscript preparation for publication. The role holder has an exceptional opportunity to develop their scientific career and their project management skills..  The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.


The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in Environmental Science and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to work in a team; manage data; undertake field site instrumentation; use and develop environmental models (e.g. C dynamics).


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The starting salary will be from GBP 33,574 up to GBP 34,576 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


The closing date for completed applications is 1st February 2016.


For further information, please contact Professor Timothy Quine, email, or telephone (01392) 723352. 

The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter's STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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