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7 Dec 2023

Full-Time Land Use Biogeochemist

UKCEH – Posted by UKCEH Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Salary – £36,245 to £38,463 Depending on experience
Fully site or fieldwork based, with occasional opportunities to work from home.
12-Month Fixed Term Appointment
We will be shortlisting as we go and reserve the right to close this advert if we find the right candidate, so we encourage you to apply early.


UKCEH is looking for an experienced Land Use Biogeochemist to join our 600-strong team, contributing to scientific discovery and generating the data, insights and solutions that researchers, businesses and governments need to solve complex environmental challenges.


Working at UKCEH is rewarding. Our science makes a real difference, enabling people and the environment to prosper, and enriching society. We are the custodians of a wealth of environmental data, collected by UKCEH and its predecessors over the course of more than 60 years.


As a valued member of our team, you’ll get:

  • 27 days annual leave
  • 10% employer pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial issues plus access to our trained Welfare Officers
  • Flexible working opportunities

And much more…


We have an exciting opportunity for a Land Use Biogeochemist to join our rapidly expanding, energetic and vibrant research group, forging new research partnerships and collaborative networks! You will contribute to the delivery of research addressing how land use, and management, can contribute to the mitigation and capture of greenhouse gases to help reduce future climate change.


This role will contribute to several net zero focussed projects, feeding into research by the Plant-Soil Interactions Group , funded by UKRI, UK government and industry. You will lead and contribute to field and laboratory biogeochemistry for a range of experiments to address questions about climate, land use change and terrestrial biogeochemical cycles.


In order to address these challenges, the successful candidate will demonstrate a balance between fundamental research theory and the ability to deploy ideas in a practical and efficient manner.


You’ll be joining a leading independent, not-for-profit research institute that’s committed to recruiting talented people like you, progressing your career and giving you the support you need to thrive at UKCEH.


Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to field and laboratory biogeochemistry for a range of experiments, to address questions about climate, land use change and terrestrial biogeochemical cycles
  • Delivery of GHG/Carbon flux measurements (e.g., GHG chambers, soil coring, related analysis instruments)
  • Compilation and analysis of arising data from field/lab observations and experiments


For the role of Land Use Biogeochemist, we’re looking for somebody who has:

  • A PhD in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology or environmental/physical sciences, with a multidisciplinary approach to their interactions
  • Knowledge and understanding of ecosystem processes, which control the fluxes of C and GHG’s between the land and the atmosphere
  • Experience in statistical methods for data analysis and handling, using R or similar
  • Previous experience of plant and soil biogeochemical analyses
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, with an inclusive and collaborative approach
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • A full UK (manual) driving licence to access remote field sites – please confirm on your CV
  • Capacity to carry out fieldwork in remote areas and on rugged terrain
  • Willingness to travel for UK fieldwork, up to a week at a time


Desirable skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding of agricultural management strategies for GHG mitigation (e.g., fertiliser and crop management) and capture (e.g., biochar)
  • Knowledge of process-based models for simulation of C and GHG’s


If we’ve just described you, we’d love to meet. Please upload a cover letter with your CV. Apply now.

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