Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh
Reference Number IRC245546
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £22224
Date Posted 13 June 2018
Grade NERC-7 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 July 2018
Interview Date 01 August 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £22,224
Grade: 7
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th July 2018
Interview Date: 1st August 2018

Description of work area

The post will be based within the Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects Science Area at CEH Edinburgh. We are involved in projects in the UK and abroad and work on the biosphere atmosphere exchange of trace gases, especially greenhouse gases (GHGs). Our work focuses on understanding and quantifying the interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere based on measurements, experiments and modelling of greenhouse gases, reactive air pollutants, water and energy. We quantify fluxes and transport of matter and energy, pollutant impacts on the above- and belowground biota, and how changes in ecological communities feedback on atmospheric composition. We study a wide range of habitats such as forest, grassland, wetlands, urban areas, and cropland, including bioenergy crops in the UK and in Mediterranean, arctic and tropical climate zones.

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

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed environmental scientist with a strong analytical background to be based at our Edinburgh site. The role is focused on learning different techniques concerning samples for our environmental research. This includes field sampling and laboratory analysis of air, soil, vegetation and water samples as well as the day-to-day tasks of running laboratories that are typical of an active research environment and also the development of new, improved methods for analyses as well as preparation and analysis of environmental data.

Appropriate training will be provided in a number of areas to assist the appointee to develop cutting edge and transferable research skills to support career progression. These include training in:

  • laboratory methods for the measurement of air samples, using gas chromatography and related techniques
  • field sampling techniques and laboratory methods for the chemical analysis of samples of vegetation, soil and water from different environments
  • physiological techniques for the measurement of gas exchange from soil and plants
  • data management, statistical analysis, report writing and presentation of results to peers.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

Skills and qualifications required on appointment

This is a technical post, focused on supporting research with well-managed laboratory facilities.

  • you will be expected to have a degree in Chemistry, Biological or Environmental Sciences or equivalent and some project based experience of quantitative scientific work in a research environment
  • existing knowledge of laboratory practice and techniques would be an advantage, as would experience of gas chromatography
  • the research-based nature of the posts means the role would be ideally suited to someone with an aptitude for solving complex problems, self-motivated and with enthusiasm for the subject
  • willingness to participate in field sampling missions abroad (up to 4 weeks), including in developing countries and the ability to drive are essential.

Training and skills to be gained in summary

At the end of the 3-year training programme, you will have gained in-depth skills in taking samples of air, water, soil and vegetation in different ecosystems and their preparation and analysis in the laboratory using a number of different methods and techniques. This will provide you with a broad skillset for a wide range of applications in environmental research.

Furthermore, the preparation and analysis of environmental data will contribute to understanding and quantifying biosphere atmosphere exchange. You will gain an understanding of a wide range of scientific background knowledge as well as practical skills in the analysis and interpretation of trace gas fluxes and underlying processes, and disseminating these data through reports, papers and presentations.

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.

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