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About the Role:

Faculty of Science
School of Environmental Sciences

Senior Research Associate
Ref: RA2173

Starting salary from £36,333 per annum, dependent on skills and experience, with an annual increment up to £43,155 per annum. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Research Associate to join the School of Environmental Sciences to conduct studies on Marine Biogeochemistry.

We are looking for a Senior Research Associate (SRA) in biological carbon pump research to work on a project investigating the role of coccolithophores in marine carbon cycling and how this might change in a warmer ocean. The post is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as part of its BIO-carbon program, which aims to better understand carbon cycling and the biological carbon pump in the North Atlantic. The project is looking specifically at Challenge 1 of BIO-carbon, and how the respiration of coccolithophores and bacteria influence carbon cycling and air-sea fluxes of carbon dioxide. 

You will be responsible for at-sea measurements of the respiration of different size classes of the plankton using standard and novel techniques. You will be expected to participate in a field campaign planned for May-June 2024 onboard one of NERCs state-of-the-art research ships. During the field campaign and on return to the laboratory, you will be responsible for working with the wider BIO-carbon team and close collaborators to process samples and analyse the data. 
 
You will have a PhD level research degree in Biological or Chemical Oceanography, equivalent qualification or experience in a relevant research area. You will also have experience of independent research, have publications in respected journals or equivalent within the field and be able to work in a proactive and results driven manner in a high paced environment. You must meet all essential criteria within the candidate brochure. 
 
This full-time post is available on a fixed term basis for up to 14 months. 

 
Benefits include:
  • 44 days annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays and University Customary days (pro rata for part-time).
  • Family and Work-life balance policies including hybrid working and considerable maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption leave.
  • Generous pension scheme with life cover for dependants, plus incapacity cover.
  • Health and Wellbeing: discounted access to Sportspark facilities, relaxation rooms, 320 acres of rolling parkland, wellbeing walks, Wellbeing Ambassador network, medical centre, Occupational Health and a 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Campus Facilities: Sportspark, library, nursery, supermarket, post office, bars and catering outlets.
  • Exclusive shopping discounts to help cut the cost of household bills, childcare salary sacrifice scheme, Cycle to Work scheme and public transport discounts.
  • Personal Development: unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning courses, specialist advice and training from our Organisational Development and Professional Learning Team.

Closing date: 11 March 2024 

The University holds an Athena Swan Silver Institutional Award in recognition of our advancement towards gender equality.

Further Information

For further information, including the Job Description and Person Specification, please see the attached Candidate Brochure.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Professor Carol Robinson via [email protected] or 01603 593174.


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