Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Groundwater Salinisation

University of Lincoln

Lincoln, UK 🇬🇧

Department of Geography

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £36,333 per annum
Please note, this post is fixed term for 24 months, and full time at 1.0 FTE.
Closing Date:   Saturday 08 April 2023
Interview Date:   Monday 24 April 2023
Reference:  COS966

Salinisation of agricultural lands is a global challenge and one that is likely to affect the UK over the coming century. One area at risk is the Fens of the East of England which produces 11 % of the agri-food economy in 4 % of agricultural lands. Both sea-level rise and water abstraction can increase the risk of salinisation of groundwaters and both are set to increase as Climate Change progresses.

This 24-month PDRA position in hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry at the University of Lincoln seeks to understand the risks of groundwater salinisation in the under-researched shallow groundwater system of the UK Fens. The successful candidate will lead a blended field and modelling based research project quantifying the risk of salinisation of the Fens groundwater system. 

The PDRA will be a member of the Coasts and Catchments Research Group within the Department of Geography and larger School of Life and Environmental Sciences. The appointee will work interdisciplinarity and closely with colleagues from across the College of Science – particularly in the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology. 

This project is part of the wider £7 million Defra Innovative Resilience funded Project Groundwater: Lincolnshire co-ordinated by Lincolnshire County Council. The work will deliver both cutting edge groundwater science and develop solutions to the challenges faced by local communities.

Independent travel to sites is an essential requirement of the role, so candidates must be willing and able to travel for fieldwork. 

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Daniel Magnone ( PI & Deputy Head of Life and Environmental Sciences.

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