PDRF in Catchment Science in Arctic Environments, at the University of Aberdeen

Deadline: 5th October 2012

The Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, at the University of Aberdeen invites applications for a Research Fellow in Catchment Science.  This post is designed to provide research support in environmental tracer applications and coupled hydrological and biogeochemical modelling. The successful candidate will work at the cutting edge interface between field-based descriptions of catchment hydrological and biogeochemical processes and numerical modeling of water flow and solute transport across scales. Experience with programming in MATLAB, R or another software development tool is essential. The candidate should be exceptional in combining field experimental skills with numerical / computational skills. In addition, experience with incorporation of tracers into hydrological models would be advantageous. The post is based at the University of Aberdeen but involves travel to field sites in Canada as well. The opportunity offers significant potential for professional growth and exposure in Europe and North America.

The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the implications of climate change for the co-evolution of soil carbon dynamics and moisture regimes by integrating experimental and observational data using ecosystem models in arctic environments. The project will use “state of the art” coupled hydrological and biogeochemical models. Field data using advanced isotope analysis will be used to verify appropriate process conceptualisation in the models. The modelling will thus provide a learning framework for testing hypotheses about storage, filtering and release of water and carbon to the stream networks. This will integrate information from mapping and monitoring to gain the best understanding achie­vable and will be framed in an assessment of uncertainty that will provide a defensible basis for cautious predictive modelling.

The successful candidate will work under the immediate direction of Professors Doerthe Tetzlaff and Pete Smith in Aberdeen and will join a team comprising another parallel Postdoctoral position (Sheffield/Durham; see Position II, below), in collaboration with Professor Philip Wookey (Sheffield), Dr Bob Baxter (Durham), Dr Jens-Arne Subke (Stirling), Drs Mike Billett and Kerry Dinsmore (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh) and seven Project Partners (from the UK, Canada and the US).

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£30,122 – £35,938 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience.

For informal enquiries or further details, please contact Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff (d.tetzlaff@abdn.ac.uk) or Pete Smith (pete.smith@abdn.ac.uk)

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 5th October 2012

To apply online for this position visit www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs

Please quote reference < (GEO204R), – Ref:1278731 > on all correspondence

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