College of Life and Environmental Sciences
The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.
The above full-time post is available immediately for a fixed term of two years in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.
The College wishes to recruit either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow to participate in the project CongoPeat, led by the University of Leeds and involving a number of leading experts from the UK, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo. CongoPeat is supported by a NERC large grant to investigate a newly discovered peatland complex in central Africa. The Cuvette Centrale peatlands are a globally relevant carbon store that is vulnerable to loss under land use and climate change. The successful applicant will play a key role in the CongoPeat project, as a modeller to develop the land component of the UK Earth System Model to make future projections of the fate of the Congo peatlands under climate change and their role in the global carbon cycle. This post is available immediately for a period of two years.
The post will include developing JULES (Joint UK Land Environment Simulator), using new measurements and detailed modelling developed within the CongoPeat project, to provide a tropical peat soil scheme for potential future use in Earth System Models. You will use JULES to simulate the entire peatland complex in a global context, to assess how large-scale drainage affects regional climate, and how the peatlands may respond to possible future climate change scenarios, including increased fire risks.
Applicants should have experience in numerical modelling, including model development and analysis of model output. An ideal candidate would also have a background in vegetation and/or soil science.
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. In addition an application at grade F will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds.
For Research Associates;
Applicants will possess (or be nearing completion of) a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. Associates will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.
For Research Fellows;
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in earth system science and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful Grade F applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, and may have opportunities to supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
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The University of Exeter
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.
Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter
With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
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Interviews are expected to take place mid - June
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