Research Associate - Field Technician

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
22224.00 GBP Annual
13 Jan 2019
10 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of NERC and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and committed person to join the Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange and Effects (BAEE) team based in Edinburgh.

You will join the Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects (ACE) science area within which you will support the operational activities of BAEE group and the Atmospheric Composition Change (ACC) group.

The research activities of BAEE, span a wide range of areas (reactive gases and aerosols, greenhouse gases) and are underpinned by state-of-the art instrumentation and expertise. The research interests of the group address medium- and long-term societal challenges associated with climate and air quality in the UK and overseas. BAEE is a dynamic, innovative and challenge-driven group which values individual contributions and where staff development is crucial to the delivery of current and future science.

The ACC group interests are long term atmospheric composition measurements and support of research measurements: covering instrumentation, field infrastructure, data management and measurement interpretation for application and policy.

The main duties include assistance with field campaign planning and logistics, maintenance of scientific instruments, fabrication of bespoke light electrical equipment (e.g. air-conditioned enclosure), and sundries tasks supporting the day-to-day activities of the research groups such as placing purchase orders and transporting equipment between sites.

Some travelling, both domestic and overseas, might be expected.

About you

You will have a good degree (2:1) in an appropriate subject or technical qualification and a willingness to work in the field under adverse conditions.

You must have aptitude for learning to develop data acquisition programs and for operating and fixing instrumentation.

It is essential you are scientifically numerate and with good mathematical skills.

You must hold a full driving licence and be able to work at height to carry out work on towers.

What we offer

We offer a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

How to Apply

Please see CEH's website for details on how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 24th January 2019. Interviews will take place on 21 February 2019.