Research Technician in Soil Ecology

Manchester, United Kingdom
£23,334 to £26,243 per annum
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 18/12/2018
Salary : £23,334 to £26,243 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Earth & Environmental Sciences
Hours Per week : 35
Contract Duration : February 2019 to 31 January 2022

We wish to appoint an enthusiastic Research Technician to work on a NERC project on “Disentangling mechanisms of co-adaptation between trees and soil food webs in response to environmental perturbations”. We hypothesise that the effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations and drought on carbon flux from trees to their co-adapted soil food webs is dependent on the pathway of carbon flow; i.e. either through symbiotic ectomycorrhizal fungi or plant litter.

You will work closely with collaborators at the University of Birmingham and Aix-Marseille University, France, to:

  1. Assist in maintaining field experiments on forest plots and in large-scale climate change manipulations in the UK and France. At these sites, you will also assist in quantification of soil food webs and key ecosystem processes
  2. Maintain experiments designed to identify how plants interact with soil food webs, and undertake analyses of soil food web (mesofauna and microorganisms) composition
  3. Support the team in the use of stable isotopes to quantify carbon flux to food webs in response to drought and elevated atmospheric concentrations of CO2

Applicants should have experience in aspects of soil ecology that may include identification of soil mesofauna, chemical and biological analysis of soils and plants, stable isotopes and relevant analytical equipment.

The successful applicant will be part of the well-equipped and highly research-active Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory at Manchester.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor David Johnson


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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

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