Postgraduate Research Assistant in Greenhouse Gas Measurement

Egham, United Kingdom
£29,159 to £34,370 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
22 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Department of Earth Sciences

Location:      Egham
Salary:      £29,159 to £34,370 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Closing Date:      Wednesday 27 February 2019
Interview Date:      Monday 04 March 2019

Applications are invited for the post of Post-graduate Research Associate in Greenhouse Gas Measurement in the Department of Earth Sciences.

*Please note this role is only available to current students of Royal Holloway University*

(maximum 50% position for 6 months from 1 March, 2019)

Part-Time, Fixed-Term, Variable Hours

This key appointment is available due to successful applications for external funding from the United Nations, NERC and BEIS, working primarily on BEIS and UN CCAC projects investigating fugitive methane emissions from fossil fuel production and transmission. Contribution will be expected to other projects on global methane sources, methane reduction, and unconventional gas baseline studies, during this exciting phase of investment for the greenhouse gas group at RHUL. The successful candidate will join a team that currently includes 3 academic staff, 1 PDRA, 2 support staff and 3 research students. The group measures greenhouse gases in-situ at RHUL, on ground and aerial platforms globally, and through analysis of samples collected worldwide for measurement in the laboratory at RHUL.

The successful candidate is required at short notice due to the large number of projects currently requiring field measurements and analytical work, and needs to fit seamlessly into the Greenhouse Gas Research Group and work without supervision. Experience of atmospheric research and measurement techniques is required. We are looking for someone who can both compliment and broaden the abilities of the research group, and who must be highly computer literate. Previous experience of the measurement of the isotopes of methane by mass spectrometry is highly desirable as this technique forms the backbone of research by the group. Experience of data correction, analysis and interpretation, including mathematical modelling, is also important, while basic knowledge of spatial interpretation of data by GIS and web site design are also desirable to complement the expertise of the group.

The post involves regular short field campaigns, so willingness to travel away from home, and to occasionally work unsocial hours is essential. This will be mostly in the UK for the BEIS and UN projects.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including generous annual leave and training and development opportunities. The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr. David Lowry on or Dr. Rebecca Fisher on or call +44 (0)1784 443105

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements. We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post including part time or compressed working hours.

Please quote the reference: 0219-076

Closing Date:Midnight, 27 February 2019

Interview Date: Week of 4 March 2019

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.