Research technician in Soil and Plant Science
Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary: £27,116 to £33,309
Closing Date: Monday 18 October 2021
Interview Date: Tuesday 26 October 2021
Applications are invited for an EU Horizon 2020 and NERC-funded full-time
technician position, tenable for until 31st August 2022 within the NERC funded
Signals in the Soil ( Detecting soil degradation and restoration through a
novel coupled sensor and mach i ne learning framework ) and EU funded Shui
(Soil Hydrology research platform underpinning innovation to manage water
scarcity in European and Chinese cropping systems) projects.
You will support work at Lancaster and Colorado State University which aims to
develop arrays of soil sensors suitable for sensing soil water, soil
biological, soil chemical and surface properties. In addition, you will
contribute to work that seeks to determine whether different soil management
techniques, including the use of cover crops, affect, soil erosion and runoff
soil/plant water availability and plant physiological responses to water
The successful applicant will be responsible for helping with sensor
installation and maintenance. In addition, you will help with field and
mesocosm work will focus on the role of cover crops and their interaction with
soil water and erosion.
The position is available to scientists with a BSc in agricultural, plant,
environmental, computer or earth sciences. Experience of environmental
instrumentation , field and laboratory experimentation would be an advantage.
The position is effective from 1 November 2021 . You should be available
for interview on the 26th October 2021
You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains
contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on
31 August 2022.
Informal enquiries to Professor John Quinton (email:
Further details of the Principal Investigators' research can be found at:
https:// www. lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/john-quinton
https:// www. lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/ian-dodd
Find out more about the work of the Sustainable soils research group at
https: // wp.lancs.ac.uk/sustainable-soils/
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