[Met-jobs] Senior Post-Doc Research Associate ‘Modelling Enhanced Weathering Geochemistry’ – Vacancy at University of Sheffield, U.K.

Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate ‘Modelling Enhanced
Weathering Geochemistry’

University of Sheffield – Faculty of Science – Department of Animal and Plant
Sciences

 

Full-Time,
4 year fixed-term contract (ending 30 June 2020)
Salary range: £29,847 to £33,574
per annum 
Start date: as soon as possible

Working with
Professor David Beerling FRS, Professor Steven Banwart and colleagues, as part
of the new £10 million Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M),
we are looking to appoint a Senior Researcher to develop the Centre’s rock
weathering-soil biogeochemistry modelling strategy.  The aim of the Centre is to develop and
assess enhanced rock weathering as a means of safely removing large amounts of
CO2 from the atmosphere, to cool the planet and avert ocean
acidification, and understand its potential co-benefits for food security.

The
post
holder will work with colleagues to develop the Centre’s numerical modelling
strategy for simulating biological weathering of silicate rocks applied to
natural and managed lands at regional-to-global scales.  The aim is to develop and rigorously evaluate
a flexible state-of-the art model of root and microbial-driven soil mineral
weathering that extends our existing work in this area [e.g., Taylor et al. 2016, Nature Climate Change, 6,
402-406].  You will be responsible for
leading the development of code and coupling it with process-based managed-land
terrestrial carbon cycle models simulating the productivity of global
croplands.  Key objectives include 1)
multi-model analysis of agricultural impacts on rock weathering and soil
chemistry (e.g., pH, redox profiles and movement of heavy metals) using a
diverse range of RCP future climate change scenarios to 2100 and 2)
quantification of key uncertainties from climate input data, model choice, and
other sources.  This exciting opportunity
will involve working alongside terrestrial carbon cycle modellers, Earth system
modellers, biogeochemists and experimentalists in the Centre.  The post-holder will have excellent software
skills (e.g. Phreeq C) and experience in a range of languages.  They will have excellent communication skills
for collaborating with other researchers and will be expected to disseminate
their findings at conferences and in scientific papers to assist the Centre in
achieving its aims and objectives. 

The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change
Mitigation (LC3M) is one of four winners of the new Leverhulme
Research Centre awards designed to support fundamental cross-disciplinary
research across the whole range of sciences, humanities and social sciences.

The Department of Animal and Plant
Sciences is one of the largest departments in the UK devoted to the study of
whole organism biology, with over 45 academic staff, 50 support staff and 130
postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. We are ranked joint 3rd in the UK
for biology research and 70% of our research activity has been judged to be
“world-leading” or internationally excellent (RAE 2008). We have a strong ethos
of research-led teaching and a high standard of student recruitment. We enrol
over 180 undergraduate students per year on to 7 degree programmes and are
ranked 4th in the UK for biological sciences teaching (The Complete
University Guide 2010).

The University has achieved the Athena
SWAN award for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.

The Department has achieved the Athena
SWAN Silver award for Women in Science,
Engineering and Medicine.

 

Apply online http://ift.tt/2axGipu
search for job reference: UOS014313

 

For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting
department, contact: Professor David J. Beerling FRS (d.j.beerling@sheffield.ac.uk)

For administration queries and details on the application process, contact:
Shi-Yuen Li, HR Administrator (shi-yuen.li@sheffield.ac.uk).

 

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