RA Plant Research Assistant - based in Bangor

 
CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY
SCIENCE AREA: SOILS AND LAND USE
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE PLANT RESEARCH ASSISTANT / BAND 7
FIXED TERM (3 YEARS)
FULL TIME
REPORTING TO: PLANT ECO PHYSIOLOGIST
 

PURPOSE OF POST

The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for research in terrestrial and freshwater environmental sciences (www.ceh.ac.uk). Research is carried out by 350 scientists at four sites in the UK. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and committed person to join the Wetlands, Grasslands and Croplands group based in Bangor.

MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a degree in plant or environmental science (or equivalent subject) wishing to further develop and apply skills in plant experimental work, data processing and analyses.

You will be developing plant physiological skills, experimental system maintenance and improvement, processing of experimental data and some basic data modelling, and data processing of international research activities. The research involves projects in Europe, Asia and Africa and will involve some travel. The post will be based at CEH Bangor.

The primary roles of this post will be to:

  • Assist with experiments on responses of vegetation to ozone pollution and climate change (warming, drought or flooding), including visual assessments, plant physiological measurements, harvests, data entry and analysis
  • Assist with experimental maintenance, including watering of plants, downloading of loggers and system data, routine system checks (https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/research-facility/solardomes-and-ozone-field-release-system)
  • Assist with coordination and data processing for activities within the Coordination Centre of the International Cooperative Programme on impacts of air pollution on vegetation (ICP Vegetation; https://icpvegetation.ceh.ac.uk), help with organisation of the international annual meeting, review and processing of literature data
  • Parameterise and run models using experimental data.

TRAINING

You will join the NERC Research Associates' Programme, an initiative which is intended to offer individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers.

SKILLS/ KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

You must have a good degree (2:1) in an appropriate subject, e.g. Plant or Environmental Science or equivalent with proven ability of working with plants and the analysis of biological data.

You should be highly numerate with the ability to work to a high degree of accuracy and follow procedures and method with the aptitude for using online models for processing experimental data.

You will have the ability to work independently, organise your own time balancing field work and office-based tasks, and work well within a team and be proficient in using Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Willingness and ability to travel overseas occasionally is essential.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

The basic working week will be 37 hours.

The successful candidate will serve a 9 months probationary period and an interim report will be made at the end of 6 month’s service.

All appointments are subject to receipt of satisfactory references. It is standard procedure to apply for references only for the successful candidates.

Offers of appointment are subject to proof of permission to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and original documentary evidence will be required.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum (prorata for part time employees). We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are required to use an application form outlining their suitability for this role, this can be found on the link below.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board here.  Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Interviews will take place on the 15th November 2018.

 

Closing Date: 

31st October 2018

Salary: 

£22,224