Research Fellow in Soil Biogeochemistry and Sustainable Agriculture

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£34,304 - £35,326 per annum
04 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow in Soil Biogeochemistry and Sustainable Agriculture.

The successful candidate will be an active member of the research team in the planning and delivery of research led by the School of Biological Sciences and Institute for Global Food Security. The successful candidate will work on an EPA research project entitled “Towards a bio-based all-island economy: Urban bio-waste conversion to carboxylates, nutrient products and renewable energy”. This project will seek to develop and evaluate the suitability and sustainability of blended municipal-solid-waste- compost and wastewater-recovered-struvite composite (COM-VITE) for displacing conventional chemical granular fertilisers in silviculture.

The Research Fellow will undertake research to develop these new organo-mineral fertilisers and evaluate both their agronomic performance and environmental risk, for example mass balance and kinetic modelling of nutrient release along with analysis of microbial community impacts, e.g., on antimicrobial resistance gene prevalence.

The successful candidate must have and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Have or be about to obtain a PhD in environmental sciences, environmental microbiology, molecular biology, analytical chemistry or related disciplines
  • 3 years recent relevant practical experience in standard chemical and microbiological or molecular analysis
  • Practical experience of field work
  • Practical experience of sample preparation methods for environmental analysis
  •  Practical experience in setting up and maintaining plant growth experiments.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria please click the Candidate Information link below.

This post is fixed term until 29 February 2024.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit:  www.qub.ac.uk/diversitywww.qub.ac.uk/qgi and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof John McGrath (j.mcgrath@qub.ac.uk)

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