Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Bangor
Reference Number IRC243588
Location Bangor See on Map
Salary £28200
Date Posted 05 December 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 January 2018
Interview Date 20 February 2018

Salary: £28,200
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 Years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th January 2018
Interview Date: 20th February 2018

CEH is a world-class scientific research organisation focusing on a wide range of topics related to the environment, biodiversity, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Our independent, impartial science underpins UK and international environmental policies and innovation for sustainable economic growth.

The NERC Research Associates' Programme is an initiative which is intended to offer individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers.

The programme is aimed particularly at those who have recently completed postgraduate studies, but is open to individuals from other backgrounds and of all ages. Individuals will work on highly topical research projects, both important for future research within the environmental research community and appropriate to their backgrounds. Research Associates are given specific, measurable objectives which will be intended to develop their skills as a researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.

Description of work area:

Research into the biogeochemistry of peatlands and other carbon-rich ecosystems, with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions, aquatic carbon cycling and land-management.

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

We are seeking a Band 6 RA to work within the Wetlands, Grasslands and Croplands group at Bangor. You will be expected to participate and to gain new expertise, in the following key areas:

  • analysis and manipulation of large spatial datasets including earth observation data and GIS-based models to map, assess condition and predict greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands and other managed ecosystem  
  • designing, implementing and operating field measurements and experiments programmes on a range of ecosystems, exploiting techniques such as eddy covariance and chamber-based gas flux measurements, automated hydrological monitoring, the use of fixed and mobile water quality sensors and analysers and a range of chemical, optical and isotopic characterisation techniques
  • developing, communicating and publishing novel research, building internal and external collaborations, working with policymakers and supporting the development of future funded research.

Training and skills to be gained in summary:

At the end of the three year training programme, the Research Associate will have received in depth training in a broad spectrum of research skills from experimental design, data collection and analysis to the publication and dissemination of research findings. They will have participated in field-based research programmes in the UK and overseas; applied a wide range of measurement techniques; gained expertise in the use of statistical, spatial analysis and modelling software and learned to effectively communicate scientific findings to a range of audiences including the research community, policymakers, conservation agencies, land-managers and commercial organisations. They will also have had the opportunity to contribute to and support the ongoing development of CEH research.

Towards the end of the Research Associate traineeship consideration is given to availability of open ended employment opportunities with CEH.  We have successfully appointed most of our recent Research Associates to open ended roles.

Skills and qualifications required on appointment:

  • a 2:1 degree and PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant environmental research area
  • existing knowledge of biogeochemical processes in peatlands or similar ecosystems
  • a strong foundation in the use of statistical, spatial and/or modelling software
  • strong numeracy, written and oral communication and teamwork skills
  • experience of, and enthusiasm for, working in a range of environments including remote areas of the UK and other parts of the world including Southeast Asia.

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Further information regarding working for CEH can be found on our website.

It is CEH policy to use an online application form (link below), please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page.

CEH Application Form

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact UK Shared Business Services Ltd by telephone on 01793 867000.