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[Met-jobs] postdoc on radiocarbon in methane

From Heather Graven <>
Date Thu, 26 May 2016 12:18:41 +0100

I am recruiting a postdoc / research associate to develop new measurements of radiocarbon in atmospheric methane. International applicants welcomed.

Best wishes,
Heather Graven

Research Associate in Atmospheric Trace Gas Measurements
Space and Atmospheric Physics Group, Department of Physics
Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus

Salary £33,860 - £42,830 per annum

Fixed term: three years

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher for a three-year position available from June 2016. The researcher will work with Dr. Heather Graven to develop measurements of atmospheric methane, conduct fieldwork, and analyse data to estimate and partition methane sources. The position will be supported by an ERC Starting Grant Award.

Rising atmospheric methane concentration is the second most important contributor to climate change, but methane emissions and their partitioning into different sources such as the livestock and fossil fuel industries currently have large uncertainties. This project aims to develop methods for atmospheric observation-based studies of methane emissions using radiocarbon in methane. The post holder will lead laboratory-based observational method development and field deployment in the UK and Ireland. S/he will conduct data analysis and contribute to atmospheric methane inversion modelling with other members of the team.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the Department’s teaching activities up to approximately half a day per week during the academic year, as appropriate. The position comes with funds for travel and computing equipment.

You will have a PhD or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience in atmospheric and/or carbon cycle science. It is essential to have experience with atmospheric trace gas measurements and / or carbon cycle science. It is a requirement to have knowledge of data analysis techniques in their application to atmospheric data and also knowledge of Matlab, Python, R or other language used in data analysis and/or instrumentation. A strong background in atmospheric and/or carbon cycle science is also essential.

Experience measuring radiocarbon and/or stable isotopes in methane or other species would be desirable as would experience developing new observational methods; experience using Picarro trace gas analysers or similar instruments; experience in laboratory and/or field settings; knowledge of designing/programming small electronics.

You must have a creative, enthusiastic approach to research, with strong written and verbal communication skills and a track record of scientific publication. The ability to develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods, and to work independently and show initiative are essential.

Please contact Dr. Heather Graven with any queries about the position via

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The Department of Physics is also an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner.
Closing Date  08 June 2016 (midnight BST)
How To Apply:
Our preferred method of application is online at:
(Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2016085KL into “Keywords”).  Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV, list of publications, and the names of three referees.


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