Research Associate (Geochemistry and Organic Carbon Burial in Wetlands)

Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in geochemistry and organic carbon burial in wetlands. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 1 year and is part of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust “Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Somerset Coast” project.

The main role of the PDRA is to quantify organic carbon burial and greenhouse gas fluxes in restored wetland ecosystems, of different types and under different management regimes, to determine their value as sites of net carbon sequestration. The role requires field sampling of greenhouse gas fluxes and collection of sediment samples for organic geochemical, stable isotope and elemental analysis in the laboratory.

The successful applicant will be based in Manchester (UK) and use the excellent environmental chemistry laboratories of the Dept. of Natural Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University. Field sampling will be conducted in Somerset. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and other stakeholders. It is a Green Recovery Challenge Fund project, which is funded by Defra and is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Applicants should possess (or be close to obtaining) a doctorate in geochemistry, environmental science, chemistry, ecology or a related discipline. Previous experience of organic geochemistry, elemental analysis, stable isotope analysis and/or measurement of greenhouse gas fluxes would be advantageous.

Please direct enquiries to Dr Hannah Mossman ( ), Dr Robert Sparkes ( ) or Dr Rachel Dunk ( ).

To apply: Please attach your CV and covering letter to the online portal.

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