Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK
Salary: £32,600 to £37,768
Closing Date: Tuesday 08 March 2016
This senior research associate post is available under the ‘Hydroscape’ project, among the first of NERC’s new Highlight Topic projects. Hydroscape focusses on understanding how changes in connectivity between aquatic ecosystems and their surrounding landscape govern the status of ecosystems. In particular, Hydroscape will examine how connectivity influences the balance between access to resources and exposure to stress within aquatic ecosystems.
Working within the Lancaster Environment Centre, you will develop and apply stable isotope tools to better understand the sources and cycling of the macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon within lakes and rivers across the UK. Your research will include highly-specialised analyses of the stable oxygen isotope composition of phosphate, alongside the stable isotope composition of diatom frustules. You will contribute to the design of field sampling campaigns, undertake fieldwork and subsequent laboratory analysis, and lead publications and presentations resulting from the research. This project offers an exciting opportunity to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team on globally-significant challenges surrounding freshwater ecosystems.
It is expected that you will have a first degree and MSc/PhD in the broad area of environmental science, geochemistry, or a closely related discipline. You must possess a thorough understanding of macronutrient cycles within the environment, alongside experience of field and laboratory work related to hydrochemistry/geochemistry of environmental samples.
For more detailed information please contact Dr Ben Surridge, Dr Peter Wynn or Professor Phil Barker, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YQ, UK.
This is a fixed-term, full-time contract for 24 months in the first instance, available with a start date of 1st April 2016. We can consider part-time working but within the requirements of the post. If part-time working is of interest to you, please contact Dr Ben Surridge, Dr Peter Wynn or Professor Barker to discuss.