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29 Jan 2024

Full-Time Landscape Biogeochemist

UKCEH – Posted by UKCEH Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom

Job Description

Salary £36,245 – £47,823 Depending on experience
Hybrid working (50/50)
Permanent and Full Time (37 hours per week)

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 Landscape 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 Landscape Biogeochemist to join our Catchment to Coast research group. The work will contribute to projects addressing how land use and management can help mitigate and capture greenhouse gases, to reduce future climate change impacts and enhance overall ecosystem health.


The role will contribute to projects focused on net zero based in the Plynlimon Research Catchments, in the upper reaches of the Severn (Hafren) and Wye (Gwy) rivers in mid Wales. You will coordinate a range of projects and experimental activities within the catchments to address questions on climate change, land use and biogeochemical cycles on soils, water and biodiversity.


For example, our Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW) demonstrator project investigates if the application of basalt rock dust onto upland grassland will enhance the long-term capture of carbon in the soil and water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions without impacting on biodiversity.


In this role, it will be crucial to demonstrate a seamless integration of fundamental research theory, coupled with the ability to proficiently handle and resolve challenges related to technical and scientific equipment.  You will have regular interaction with, and coordination of research teams, partner organisations, contractors, and landowners. There will be the opportunity to engage with a major new UKRI funded Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure (FDRI) programme and other research activities related to net zero and hydrology.


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.


We welcome applications from candidates who satisfy all essential criteria and are eager to enhance their skillset. Additionally, we encourage experienced candidates who believe they meet the extra requirements for a senior scientist role to apply.


Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Plynlimon Research Catchment site, coordinating and planning field experiment activities and personnel
  • Maintaining the long-term technical infrastructure and data capture instrumentation
  • Analysis of data arising from long-term catchment and field observations and experiments
  • Publication of data papers, presentations, policy briefs and other dissemination activities
  • Main point of contact for researchers, contractors, landowners, other stakeholders and project partners. This will also involve liaison with the land managers to maintain positive relationships and ensure ongoing access to field sites


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

  • A PhD (or equivalent experience) in biogeochemistry, hydrology or environmental/physical sciences
  • Previous experience of plant, soil and water biogeochemical data analyses, with a multidisciplinary approach to their interactions
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, with an inclusive and collaborative approach
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to troubleshoot field instrumentation problems and manage actions to resolve
  • Experience in statistical methods for data analysis and handling, using R or similar
  • A collaborative and inclusive team member, able to build relationships across a range of stakeholders
  • 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, year-round, in all weathers


Desirable skills:

  • Previous experience of working with the farming community
  • Communication, impact and media
  • Interest in international research and travel
  • Use of tracers or isotopes in research


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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Landscape Biogeochemist, Bangor_JR1183

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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