The Role

The CEH Research Associates’ programme provides individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring - through a structured 3 year programme -specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers. 

We seek a committed research scientist (Band 6, Equiv. Uni. lecturer) who is expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program in soil biogeochemistry, which will be partly externally funded. Emphasis is likely to be in soil systems, with landscape or hydrosphere interactions. Research at Bangor has particular emphasis on biogeochemical cycling and soil carbon dynamics within a whole ecosystem context.

The overall research goal of this position is to extend our capabilities in soil systems that will integrate theoretical, field based experimental, and modelling approaches. Areas we are interested in range from climate change, to air pollution and land management issues including agri-environment interventions.

Main Responsibilities

  • Take a lead on specified soil activities which are embedded in our rolling national soil monitoring programmes, exploring data.
  • Conduct research at our experimental and monitoring sites, including climate change, land use and pollution.
  • Contribute to projects developing field methods suitable for farmers, NGOs and agency staff which can align to national monitoring of soil and water assets.
  • Develop your area of research interest, integrating it within CEH research activities.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to publish in top-tiered journals, advise graduate students, seek to secure extramural funding, and collaborate nationally and internationally.

Minimum Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. in soils or an environmental or related subject. The candidate will possess education, training, and skills in biogeochemistry, data analysis (e.g. R or GIS desirable) and should be able to demonstrate the ability to publish research in ISI journals. A driver’s license is required as it the ability to work in upland terrain to access field sites, and an interest or willingness to travel internationally. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the right to work in the UK.


We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support.

How to Apply

To apply, email your CV, completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to:

Interviews will be held on the 25 October 2019


Closing Date: 

9 October 2019