North Highland College UHI

Research Associate – Peatland Scientist (Carbon, Water, Climate theme)

Thurso, Highland, Scotland
£24,856 - £26,993 (spine points 17-20)
17 Dec 2021
17 Jan 2022
Subject Area
Job Level
Lecturer, Tutor
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

+ 45 days holidays in a full year (inclusive of 14 public/general holidays)

+ Enrolment into Local Government Superannuation Scheme

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a distinctive research centre located in the town of Thurso in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is part of North Highland College, one of the partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI); Scotland’s newest and most distinctive university.

The ERI has a rapidly evolving research profile and provides a high quality, vibrant academic environment, and unrivalled access to some outstanding natural environments. Within the ERI, Prof Roxane Andersen, who leads the Carbon Water & Climate theme, secured a Leverhulme Leadership Award to undertake a research programme on peatland resilience: from molecular to landscape scales.

Applications are now sought from candidates who will be able to support field campaigns for the programme and to set up and run mesocosm experiments investigating Sphagnum responses to hydrological stress, for which we expect applicants to have some experience with Sphagnum identification. The successful candidate will join our dynamic team, working closely with our Plant Molecular Ecologist, our InSAR Peatland Scientist and the 3 PhD students on the programme.

We expect applicants to have a relevant post-graduate degree or equivalent experience, for example in:

  • Botany
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Biology, Ecology
  • Geography

Further experience with field work in remote areas including peatlands, and demonstrable laboratory and organisational skills will be considered favourably, however training will be provided for all aspects of the post.

Appointment will be made for a fixed period of 24 months during which the candidate will need to live in, or within commuting distance from Thurso.

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