Postdoctoral Research Associate in the UK EO Climate Information Service

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

Job Identification: 6691
Job Category: Academic
Locations: Crew Building, Edinburgh, EH9 3FF, GB
Posting Date: 22/02/2023, 17:58
Apply Before: 23/03/2023, 01:59
Degree Level: Post-Doctorate
Job Schedule: Full time
Job Shift: Day
Health and Safety Requirements: No key hazards identified for this post
Criminal Record Check: No criminal record check required
Contract Type: Fixed Term

Job Description

UE07: £35,333.00 – £42,155.00 Per Annum.

College of Science and Engineering / School of GeoSciences.      

Fixed Term Contract – 23 Months; Full Time – 35 Hours Per Week.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to help develop a prototype UK and pan-European anthropogenic CO2 emissions Monitoring and Verification Support (CO2MVS) system.

The Opportunity:

Earth Observations (EO) from space capture immensely valuable measurements of the climate of the UK and worldwide. EO data are complex and transforming these measurements into information usable for world-class science, climate services and enhanced policymaking is challenging, scientifically and technically.

The UK Earth Observation Climate Information Service (EOCIS) will address this challenge end-to-end, demonstrating a resilient “UK climate data supply chain” for the first time, built on a strong, continuing heritage of research, data creation and national digital infrastructure. EOCIS builds on UK expertise in key aspects of climate data and their exploitation, ranging from polar ice change to carbon cycling to drought, while maintaining the UK’s world-class expertise in climate data and providing a direct link from scientific skills in transforming EO data to climate services. EOCIS involves 14 partners (including the University of Edinburgh) across the UK.

At the University of Edinburgh, you will lead the GEOS-Chem chemistry transport modelling and the associated data analysis of atmospheric methane, and the development of inversion methods to integrate different EO data. You will develop a robust Bayesian inverse method to integrate short-wave and thermal IR measurements (e.g., GOSAT and IASI) to improve regional emission estimates of methane, with a particular focus over the UK. You will also assess the added value of IASI-TROPOMI methane retrievals to estimate regional emission estimates of methane. As part of this position, you will lead the delivery of results and associated peer-review publications and conference presentations, and liase with research groups within the EOCIS project.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • A PhD (or a PhD close to completion) in a relevant quantitative scientific discipline.
  • Experience in developing and running an atmospheric chemistry transport model.
  • Experience in data assimilation and/or inverse methods.
  • Ability to work independently to break apart a large science question into tractable activities that once addressed can then be pieced together to address the original, larger question.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the group at Edinburgh and more generally with colleagues within the EOCIS project.

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

At the University of Edinburgh, you will join a group of researchers that study various aspects of Earth’s atmospheric composition, including land and ocean surface processes that drive atmospheric variations of trace gases and aerosols. The group uses in situ and remotely sensed measurements, computers models, and advanced data analysis techniques to gain a better fundamental understanding of atmospheric composition. Our group website:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.  Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the Team

The School of GeoSciences explores the factors and forces that shape our world. The School aims to understand the world through fundamental curiosity-driven research and to support prescient decision-making at individual to global scales. We undertake world-leading research; offer new ways of understanding natural and social drivers of change; provide inter-and trans-disciplinary solutions; and work in partnership to improve livelihoods and explore ways to manage the environment that are both sustainable and socially equitable.

With over 500 academics, researchers and research students, we are the largest and most successful interdisciplinary grouping of geoscientists and geographers in the UK. Research activity is coordinated within three main Research Institutes – Global Change, Earth and Planetary Science, and Geography and the Lived Environment – and within smaller research groupings that reach across and beyond the School.

A distinctive feature of the School is the combination of academic strength, intellectual breadth and societal relevance. Our interdisciplinary research and teaching builds on established core disciplines (ecology, environmental sciences, geography, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography) to provide a variety of approaches to understanding the world (including, for example, system-scale modelling, process studies and the development of urban and social theory). The School’s research covers fundamental ‘blue-skies’ questions, as well as having application to key societal challenges including inequality and vulnerability; urban precarity; nature and cultural meaning; development and sustainability; climate and environmental change; energy, food and water security; health and wellbeing; natural resources; and natural hazards. 

The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality in higher education.  Our aim is to recognise and value diversity in our staff and students, and to support flexible and family-friendly working.  

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