Research Fellow (106553-0123) . Job Reference: 1889822

University of Warwick
February 15, 2023
Offerd Salary:£32,348 - £42,155
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Contract Type:Fixed-term contract
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


Life Sciences


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for a maximum of 36 months (the duration may need to be shortened up to a maximum 32 months depending on the starting salary of the successful candidate), 1.0 FTE.

The Environmental Processes Laboratory within the School of Life Sciences at Warwick University, United Kingdom, is looking for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in the field of terrestrial biogeochemistry. The appointee will work on a UKRI-funded research project, focusing on nitrogen cycle biogeochemistry in agronomic systems. The aim is to better understand microbe- mediated exchange of reactive nitrogen oxides between the land surface and the atmosphere and how those are affected by soil characteristics, crop management, and plant traits. This is a full-time position, set to begin on 6 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointee will explore microbe-mediated reactive nitrogen oxide (NOy) dynamics in agronomic soil. Our preliminary work has shown that agronomic soils produce significantly more NOy than other terrestrial systems such as grasslands and woodlands. The appointee will define agronomic-NOy with field trials of a major commercial crop (Triticum), including different cultivars with differing above- and belowground traits. It will be crucial to define NOy soil emissions from these different cultivars, as varying plant traits, such as specific root length, can influence the soil N-cycle microbiome - which will inevitably influence NOy emissions. Other important variables will also be explored, including fertiliser application and spatial variability of NOy flux.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


Undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project.


The appointee will use analytical chemistry, microbiology, and bioinformatics to address the following aims:


• Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research.

• Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

• To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the result of research to other reputable outlets.

• Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

• May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

• May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.

• May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies.

• Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

• Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.

Teaching and learning support

• Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department.

• Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

• May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects.

Administration and other activities

• May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty, and the University.

• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

• Work within budget constraints.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

A PhD in biogeochemistry, environmental science, soil science, analytical chemistry, microbial ecology, or similar. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 2

Strong experimentalist skills, preferably with a background in measurement of reactive trace gases from soil. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 3

Documented research qualifications at an international level. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Ability to carry out independent, systematic, well-organized research work, as well as work as part of an interdisciplinary team. (c)

Essential Criteria 5

Good communication skills in English. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes. (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Evidenced ability to analyse shotgun DNA sequencing data using bioinformatic pipelines. (a, c, d)

Desirable Criteria 2

Evidenced ability to isolate and characterise microbes from soil. (a, c, d)

Further Particulars

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

The Post The appointee will report to Dr Ryan Mushinski. Any requests for further information can be directed to Dr Ryan Mushinski [email protected]

The Project Please see https: // www. for further details on work in the Environmental Processes Laboratory

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Closing Date

15 Feb 2023

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