[ES_JOBS_NET] Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate: Modelling Enhanced Weathering Geochemistry.

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Aug 2 13:36:21 MDT 2016

Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate: Modelling Enhanced Weathering

Working with Professor David Beerling FRS, Professor Steven Banwart and
colleagues, as part of the new £10 million Leverhulme Centre for Climate
Change Mitigation (LC3M), we are looking to appoint a Senior Researcher to
develop the Centre’s rock weathering-soil biogeochemistry modelling
strategy.  The aim of the Centre is to develop and assess enhanced rock
weathering as a means of safely removing large amounts of CO2 from the
atmosphere, to cool the planet and avert ocean acidification, and understand
its potential co-benefits for food security.

The post holder will work with colleagues to develop the Centre’s numerical
modelling strategy for simulating biological weathering of silicate rocks
applied to natural and managed lands at regional-to-global scales.  The aim
is to develop and rigorously evaluate a flexible state-of-the art model of
root and microbial-driven soil mineral weathering that extends our existing
work in this area [e.g., Taylor et al. 2016, Nature Climate Change, 6,
402-406].  You will be responsible for leading the development of code and
coupling it with process-based managed-land terrestrial carbon cycle models
simulating the productivity of global croplands.  Key objectives include 1)
multi-model analysis of agricultural impacts on rock weathering and soil
chemistry (e.g., pH, redox profiles and movement of heavy metals) using a
diverse range of RCP future climate change scenarios to 2100 and 2)
quantification of key uncertainties from climate input data, model choice,
and other sources.  This exciting opportunity will involve working alongside
terrestrial carbon cycle modellers, Earth system modellers, biogeochemists
and experimentalists in the Centre.  The post-holder will have excellent
software skills (e.g. Phreeq C) and experience in a range of languages.
 They will have excellent communication skills for collaborating with other
researchers and will be expected to disseminate their findings at
and in scientific papers to assist the Centre in achieving its aims and

The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) is one of four
winners of the new Leverhulme Research Centre awards designed to support
fundamental cross-disciplinary research across the whole range of sciences,
humanities and social sciences.

The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is one of the largest
in the UK devoted to the study of whole organism biology, with over 45
academic staff, 50 support staff and 130 postgraduate and postdoctoral
researchers. We are ranked joint 3rd in the UK for biology research and 70%
of our research activity has been judged to be “world-leading” or
internationally excellent (RAE 2008). We have a strong ethos of research-led
teaching and a high standard of student recruitment. We enrol over 180
undergraduate students per year on to 7 degree programmes and are ranked 4th
in the UK for biological sciences teaching (The Complete University Guide
* University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - Department of Animal and
Plant Sciences
* Job Ref: UOS014313
* Full-Time, 4 year fixed-term contract (ending 30 June 2020)
* Salary range: £29,847 to £33,574 per annum
* Start date: as soon as possible
* The University has achieved the Athena SWAN award for Women in Science,
Engineering and Medicine.
* The Department has achieved the Athena SWAN Silver award for Women in
Science, Engineering and Medicine.
* Apply online http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs [1] and search for job
reference: UOS014313
* For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department,
contact: Professor David J. Beerling FRS (
* For administration queries and details on the application process,
contact: Shi-Yuen Li, HR Administrator (shi-yuen.li[at]sheffield.ac[dot]uk
<http://www.czen.org/contact/shi-yuen.li/sheffield.ac/uk> [3])
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