Local recruitment: Postdoctoral Research Officer in Earth Sciences

Bangor University

Bangor, UK 🇬🇧

Job Number: BU03193

School/Department: School of Ocean Sciences

Grade: 7

Salary Information: Salary: £36,333 – £43,155 p.a. (Grade 7)

Contract Duration: until 31/03/2025

Responsible to: NERC Independent Research Fellow (Reader)

Closing Date: 19-04-2023

Applications are invited for the above full-time position as a Postdoctoral Research Officer in Earth Sciences. This is a post working in the School of Ocean Sciences, on a UKRI NERC-funded research project investigating the impact of climate change on UK inland waters (lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries).

Candidates should be educated to PhD level in relevant subject (Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Data Science, Limnology, Oceanography, or related field), or be very near completion.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible, and the post is available until March 31, 2025.

This role will be located on campus at Menai Bridge. Through our Dynamic Working framework, there will also be the option to spend some time working remotely (although remaining in the UK) to support work life balance, which will be discussed further with candidates at interview.

Applicants will be considered to carry out this role on a part-time or job share basis.

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Dr Iestyn Woolway, Reader in the School of Ocean Sciences, e-mail Iestyn.woolway@bangor.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 19 April 2023

Committed To Equal Opportunities


The School of Ocean Sciences (SOS), located on the Isle of Anglesey, is a multidisciplinary department with a focus on coastal and shelf sea sciences and a strong history of international research excellence and collaboration. Core research interests include Earth System Sciences, Oceanography, Marine Biology and Ecology, and Climate Change Science.

The Project

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 new UK Earth Observation Climate Information Service (EOCIS) will address this challenge end-to-end, to make a positive difference to responses to the climate emergency. Climate information is an important tool in responding to climate change, in science, policy-making and business. EOCIS brings together UK expertise in Earth Observation to create and make available high quality, trustworthy climate information based on measurements of Earth’s environments from space. EOCIS builds on UK expertise in climate data and their exploitation, ranging from polar ice change to carbon cycling to drought, and will harness scientific skills in transforming EO data into climate services. EOCIS involves 14 partners (including Bangor University) across the UK.

Purpose of the Job

The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Officer to work on the EOCIS project. Specifically, the post-holder will explore some of the key data generated within EOCIS to better understand how inland waters (lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries) within the UK (and beyond) are responding to climate change, with a specific focus on water temperature extremes and algal blooms. In addition to the general topic of exploring satellite EO data of inland waters, the Postdoctoral Research Officer will work collaboratively with the larger EOCIS team to understand how climate change is impacting key components of the Earth System.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Gathering and analysing data. This will include acquiring and maintaining a thorough and up to date knowledge of the scientific literature related to the research aims of the project; actively support the principal investigator in developing new techniques for the validation of satellite data and numerical process-based simulations of inland waters; collecting and analysing data from numerous national and international initiatives. 
  • Delivering research outcomes. This will include contributing to the dissemination of research outputs through relevant scientific technical and public press and conferences; working with partners to disseminate results to the scientific community; collaborate with co-researchers and write up the results in scientific articles; write regular updates on progress to the project management group.
  • Administration of the research project. This will include participating in project meetings and coordinate the project to meet its aims and objectives. 
  • Other duties and responsibilities specific to the role include to advise and collaborate with Masters and PhD students within the School of Ocean Sciences, actively participate in specific College activities, and project management

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.
  • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
  • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and well-being and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/herself and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
  • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts.

Person Specification



  • PhD in relevant subject (Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Data Science, Limnology, Oceanography, or related field) or be close to the completion of



  • Experience working with large geospatial datasets from multiple sources
  • Experience with programming languages such as Matlab/R/Python- Demonstrate good verbal and written skills
  • Demonstrate good analytical skills, ability to analyse numerical data and present results appropriately
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in high quality scientific journals
  • The ability to manage time effectively and to deliver detailed reports to deadlines
  • Have an understanding of the bilingual nature of the institution and area, and the ensuing responsibilities.


  • Experience in the field of Climatology/Earth Observation/Limnology.
  • Journal publications in the field of Climate Science, Earth Science, Earth Observation, Limnology.
  • Track record of conference presentations.
  • Experience applying satellite EO data for studying inland water quality.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the bilingual nature of the institution and area, and the ensuing responsibilities.


The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally. 

We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. 

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact. 

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.  

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements *** If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job  we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements:  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

Please note that we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK legally.   When applying for this post you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will be able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful. 

Candidates should also note that they may be required to apply for an ATAS certificate (Academic Approval Technology Scheme)  from the Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control Centre of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office before being able to apply for a visa – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme 

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.





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