The University of Manchester (UoM)

Research Associate

The University of Manchester (UoM)

Manchester, United Kingdom

Research Associate in Soil and Ecosystem Ecology

£32,816 to £40,322 per annum

We wish to appoint a highly motivated Research Associate to work on a new NSF/USDA/UKRI funded project that seeks to develop and test a new approach to in-situ sensing of soil multifunctionality in order to detect the rate and direction of soil change in response to perturbations. This full-time, 3-year position will work in collaboration with scientists at the Universities of Colorado (USA) and Lancaster (UK), and will involve a unique combination of experimental studies and the assessment of multiple soil functions in grasslands, and the use novel sensor and statistical tools capable of assimilating multiple high temporal frequency data to detect the rate and direction of soil change. Field experiments will to be carried out on well-studied grassland sites in Colorado and the UK that have a long history of degradation and restoration.

You will design and implement experimental studies, and will be responsible for the assessment of multiple soil functions at the field sites, and dissemination and reporting of findings from these studies. He/she will have a PhD in soil ecology, plant sciences, or related discipline, a thorough understanding of soil functioning and experimental techniques for assessing the response of multiple soil functions to perturbations in the field. You will be part of the Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Group at Manchester, and will collaborate extensively with project partners at the University of Colorado and nearby Lancaster University.

The anticipated start date is 1st May 2020.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award, which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit;

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Richard Bardgett


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

Closing date: 26/03/2020

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