Research Associate - Environmental Physicist/Micrometeorologist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh

About the role

Research Associate - Environmental Physicist/Micrometeorologist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Full time, Salary £26,715-£30,000

We offer a prestigious Research Associate 3 year training programme to develop skilled UK/EU scientists for the future of European environmental research. The 3-year training programme offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within our active research projects whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills valuable for your future
career. Each Research Associate will deliver specific, measurable objectives intended to develop their skills as a
researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.

Description of specific work to be undertaken and skills to be gained

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed postgraduate Environmental Physicist/Micrometeorologist to work in an active research focused team based at our Edinburgh site.

The primary roles of this post will be to (but not limited to):

  1. Make micrometeorological measurements of the surface / atmosphere exchange flux of greenhouse gases (methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide) and reactive nitrogen compounds (with focus on ammonia) at field sites in Scotland, the UK, Europe and potentially further afield.
  2. Maintain gas analysers and optimize field setups.
  3. Process the micrometeorological flux data according to state-of-the-art practices.

Skills Required

  • A PhD in a physical and/or environmental science with some knowledge of atmospheric processes and micrometeorological flux measurement theory and some experience in or aptitude for computer modeling.
  • An interest in operating research-grade instrumentation in field settings, both at nearby permanent measurement sites and during short (typically 4-week) intensive measurement campaigns in the UK, Europe and beyond.
  • Good numerical skills to process eddy-covariance flux data and to optimize flux processing approaches. Ability to
    use flux data to develop parameterization of exchange processes and some understanding of exchange processes, chemistry, plant physiology and/or soil science would be an advantage.
  • Some proven experience with line-based computer programming languages including UNIX/LINUX environments.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and have the communication skills to work across European interdisciplinary consortia, feeding process science into large scale models.

Apply for this position via our external jobsite
Please look for reference IRC155133 and quote on all correspondence.

Closing Date: 3rd September 2014
Interview Date: 25th September 2014