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[Met-jobs] Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Position (17 months) - University of Cambridge

From Bethan Jones <>
Date Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:04:50 +0000

Experienced Researcher Position - Modelling palaeo-methane concentrations

Limit of Tenure Applies*

Deadline for Applications: 24th February 2012
Job Reference Number: LC11842

We are looking to fill a 17-month Marie-Curie Experienced Researcher (ER) post within the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network GREENCYCLESII ( at the University of Cambridge, Departments of Geography and Chemistry. The post-holder will investigate the question of why atmospheric CH4 concentrations remained low during the last interglacial (LIG) period, despite exceptionally warm conditions in the Arctic. This period is relatively well characterised in terms of data, and so provides a strong test of current models. Furthermore, understanding gained of the dominant process(es) during this time will likely be important for our ability to simulate future methane concentrations. The project will utilise two detailed land surface models (HYBRID and LPX-Bern, working with Dr Friend in Geography) to simulate methane (and other important trace gases for atmospheric oxidative capacity such as isoprene) emissions, and a comprehensive model of global atmospheric chemistry (UKCA, working with Prof. Pyle in Chemistry). The land surface models will be run to provide boundary conditions for the chemistry model at different time-slices over the past 130 ky. Simulated methane concentrations will be compared with ice core measurements. The project will also examine the ability of the models to simulate the CO2 ice core record and, if time allows, simulations will be undertaken in which the surface and atmospheric models are fully coupled. Anticipated outputs are significantly improved understanding of controls on methane concentrations during the LIG, and/or recommendations for future model development. The successful candidate has the opportunity to develop key modelling and data interpretation skills, using state-of-the-art terrestrial physics, ecology, chemistry, and climate models.

To be eligible for this position you must fulfil the Marie Curie requirements for Experienced Researchers, viz: on appointment you must (i) have a PhD degree or (ii) have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining the degree which formally allowed you to embark on a doctorate. In both cases, you must be within the first five years of your research career. UK applicants must have been resident outside the UK for three of the four years prior to appointment. Non-UK applicants must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years prior to appointment. More details about eligibility criteria see:

The start date should be no later than June 2012. Salary (subject to country-specific cost of living adjustment): Euro 53,000/year plus mobility, travel and career allowances for more details see:

For post description and additional information see: Enquiries about the positions should be sent to Dr Andrew Friend:
Applications should include a full CV, cover letter, completed eligibility form (see: and a CHRIS/6 cover sheet (see: and should be sent by email to:, quoting reference: LC11842

* Limit of tenure: 17 months.
Bethan Jones
Network Manager, GREENCYCLESII

Department of Geography
University of Cambridge, Downing Place


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