Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Biogeochemistry at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.
Application Deadline : 28 April 2022
The Ecosystems and Global Change Group led by Prof Andrew Tanentzap at the University of Cambridge (www.ecosystemchange.com) is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA).
The PDRA will join a new project funded by the NERC UKRI Changing the Environment programme based at the Centre for Landscape Regeneration. The project seeks to develop nature-based solutions for the joint extinction and climate crises. It involves a highly interdisciplinary team of over 50 researchers from across 14 University Departments. The PDRA will interact with this larger team and receive additional supervision from Prof Paul Dupree (www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/dupree) and Dr Adam Pellegrini (pellegriniecologylab.com).
The goal of the post is to assess the outcomes of landscape restoration for ecosystem services and biodiversity in peatlands. The PDRA will be responsible for generating a molecular-level understanding of how microbes degrade peat and upscaling this knowledge to inform climate change mitigation. The work will centre around field-scale trials and plot-based experiments testing regenerative agriculture approaches in the East Anglian Fenlands. The PDRA will relate the composition and activity of soil microbes to molecular-level changes in organic matter composition and plant cell degradation to explain variation in greenhouse gas emissions across the study sites.
Eligibility Requirements for the Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Biogeochemistry at the University of Cambridge
The ideal candidate will be adept at integrating eDNA approaches with environmental chemistry. The PDRA will also collaborate with other members of the research programme to monitor soil biodiversity with eDNA.
The successful candidate must have a proven track record of publication in leading peer-reviewed journals, ideally demonstrating innovative approaches towards relating molecular- and ecosystem-level data. They will have a PhD in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, or a related subject. A track record in project and team management and engagement with external stakeholders is highly desirable.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.
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