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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL18861

Department: School of Biological & Behavioural Sciences
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL18861
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 10-Jun-2019
Closing date: 08-Jul-2019

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A 3-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to work on the powerful greenhouse gas nitrous oxide in cold, pristine ecosystems. The project “Temperature and nitrogen modulated nitrous oxide cycling” is offered within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL under the supervision of Prof Mark Trimmer.

Our aim will be to understand how temperature interacts with bio-available nitrogen (e.g. nitrates) in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems to govern the final fate of nitrous oxide. We are particularly interested in these dynamics of nitrous oxide cycling in cold, pristine ecosystems and the project will involve fieldwork in both Iceland and the remote northern parts of England and Scotland. You will use 15N tracers to study the cycling of nitrous oxide in streams and soils and also molecular techniques to characterise the microbial communities involved. The ideal candidate for this position should have a PhD in biogeochemistry, geochemistry, ecology, or a related field. Significant PhD or PDRA experience of demanding field-work and the application of 15N isotopes would be desirable, as would a modest track record of peer-reviewed papers in the general field. The project will involve extensive periods of fieldwork of up to 1 month and the ability to drive and be self-reliant for field work is highly desirable.

This is a full-time, fixed term post available for 36 months with a likely start date of July 2019. The salary is in the range of £33,615 - £37,411 per annum depending on experience and is inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30days annual leave, final salary pension scheme and an interest–free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries for further information are welcomed and may be made to Prof M Trimmer email or Tel 020 7882 3007.

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The closing date for applications is 8thJuly 2019 and Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.


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