Research Fellow in Biogeochemical Modelling

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
05 Mar 2020
02 Apr 2020
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in numerical modelling? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be a key member of the European Research Council funded project “MINORG: The Role of Minerals in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle” and will work with a large research team at Leeds to explore the role of iron in the preservation of organic carbon in marine sediments over Earth history. It is the central hypothesis of MINORG that iron minerals play a major role in the preservation and burial of organic carbon in marine sediments and thus in regulating Earth’s climate and oxygenation. Working as a biogeochemical modeller, you will develop and validate a new model for mineral, carbon and oxygen cycling through the global ocean and sediments. In particular you will integrate a broader understanding of the mineralogical controls on carbon preservation and burial into current modelling frameworks for long-term global biogeochemical cycling and surface geochemistry. You will undertake model development and validation, and lead associated research publications. You will also support the project leader Professor Caroline Peacock in the planning and administration of MINORG. 

You will have a PhD or be near completion - i.e. the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application, in Earth, Environmental or Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Computing or Physical Sciences, or a closely allied discipline. You will also have experience in MATLAB or a similar scientific programming language. Knowledge of global biogeochemical cycles is desirable. You will show a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Caroline Peacock, Professor of Biogeochemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7877, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 May 2022 (due to external funding))    
Closing Date:  Thursday 02 April 2020
Reference:  ENVEE1391
Downloads:  Candidate Brief