Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry

University of Oxford
December 04, 2023
Offerd Salary:£37,099 - £38,205
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Contract Type:Fixed term for 24 mo
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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry

Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3AN

Fixed term for 24 months

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, Heather Bouman, the postholder will join a research team from multiple institutions with responsibility for carrying out research for the NERC-funded Integrating Drivers of Atlantic Productivity (IDAPro) project.

IDAPro is one of three projects funded by the Bio-Carbon programme (https: // and will use data collected from ship-based, robotic and satellite platforms to improve our understanding of the main drivers of phytoplankton productivity in the subpolar North Atlantic. The postholder will work on the influence of environmental conditions on marine primary production as a key component of IDAPro.

The postholder will be primarily responsible for the estimation of marine primary production using satellite models constrained by in situ field observations.

The postholder will be responsible for managing their own academic research and administrative activities, involving small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.

They will adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques to estimate the growth and productivity of marine phytoplankton using data streams from ship- based observations, satellites, and autonomy.

The postholder will use specialist scientific equipment in both laboratory and field environments to determine some or all of: phytoplankton pigment concentrations, light absorption coefficients and rates of primary production. They will be willing to participate in dedicated oceanographic research cruise(s) associated with the project.

They will also collaborate in the preparation of research publications, develop ideas for generating research income and occasionally present papers and posters.

About you

You will hold, or be close to completion, of a relevant PhD/DPhil in Biogeochemistry, Earth/Ocean sciences or a related discipline together with relevant experience in the measurement and/or modelling of primary production.

You will have detailed knowledge of the use of satellite data to understand upper ocean biogeochemical processes as well as dexterity and skills in the laboratory.

You will be able to manage you own academic research and have previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations and contributing ideas for new research projects and research income generation.

You must also have excellent communication skills including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

Experience with the collection and/or interpretation of marine optical data and experience with the analysis of physical and chemical oceanographic datasets relevant for the interpretation of primary production data is desirable.

Ideally you will also have experience with UV/Visible spectrophotometry to measure light absorption of natural phytoplankton assemblages, experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication and experience of supervising PhD or Masters students.

For further details of the role please see the job description.

This role is available from 1 April 2024 and is fixed term for 24 months.

The deadline for applications is midday on 4th December 2023.

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 11th December 2023

You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 169236 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 04-Dec-2023 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : p[email protected] Salary (£) : £37,099 - £38,205 per annum

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