Full-time, fixed term (5 years)
Closing date: 27 May 2018
We are seeking a talented, strongly numerate scientist to deliver high-impact science as part of a world-leading team focused on the role of marine life in the global carbon cycle. The nature of the work is multi-disciplinary and so we encourage applications not just from marine biogeochemical modellers but also from those in other areas of science who are numerically adept and looking to move into an exciting and important area of environmental research.
The role is based within the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (OBE) team at NOC, one of the world’s leading marine biogeochemistry groups. In particular, OBE has made major contributions to our understanding of the ocean’s Biological Carbon Pump (BCP), the process by which marine life can sequester CO2 away from the atmosphere.
This post will be part of the multi-disciplinary and multi-centre teams for three projects. Its important role in all three is to translate new perspectives on key processes arising from cutting-edge observations into model representations, in order to understand and to explore the global and future consequences. For example, the post will use new observations from the Southern Ocean to explore how nutrient limitation may control how much CO2 is trapped in the global ocean and for how long. To do so the post will make use of a novel means of running global biogeochemical models both faster and more flexibly than conventional approaches.
The role also involves interaction with the UK Earth System Model group: the NEMO physical circulation and MEDUS Biogeochemical model, which will form part of the UK Earth System Model used for future IPCC runs, may be used in this role.
The three large multi-disciplinary projects to which this post will contribute are all led by OBE and are focused on the BCP.
COMICS – (http://www.comics.ac.uk/) is investigating the influence of temperature, oxygen and community structure on the BCP.
GOCART – (https://projects.noc.ac.uk/gocart/) is using gliders to examine daily to seasonal variability in the BCP and its consequences.
CUSTARD – (https://roses.ac.uk/custard/) is part of the NERC Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System (RoSES) programme and examines how seasonal changes in surface biogeochemistry and plankton community in the remote Southern Ocean influences the BCP and nutrient cycles globally.
How to apply: All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at http://topcareer.jobs/quoting reference number IRC245141. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793867003.
For more information about the role and the requirements, see the web link.