Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biogeochemical Modelling
Queen Mary University of London School of Geography
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biogeochemical Modelling

Department: School of Geography
Salary: £36,098 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23274
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 06-Nov-2020
Closing date: 22-Dec-2020


About the Role

The PDRA will develop, implement and apply novel and existing microbial-biogeochemical models for Arctic soils to address large-scale questions of ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemical fluxes. These activities are linked to the main SUN SPEARS project whose wider ambition is to achieve continuous year-round monitoring of dynamic processes using a network of buried geophysical sensors in a High-Arctic glacier forefield, and repeated field monitoring of soil microbial and biogeochemical processes via state-of-the-art molecular techniques.

The modelling of soils by the PDRA will be instrumental in forming mechanistic linkages between seasonal variations, and soil biogeochemical, geophysical and hydrogeological processes over seasonal transitions, multi-decadal timescales, and the future fate of Arctic soils following large-scale ice retreat and climate warming.

About You

Applicants must have a PhD (by the time of appointment) or equivalent in a relevant natural science or engineering field, and have a track record of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications in international journals. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate skills and experience in numerical/reactive-transport modelling and biogeochemistry, with proven ability to work independently and take the initiative.

About the School

The School of Geography is internationally recognized for its theoretically informed, empirically grounded and politically engaged research, and remains one of the top departments for Geography and Environmental Sciences in the UK (REF 2014).

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 3 years, with an expected start date of March 2021. The starting salary will be at Grade 4, £36,098 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

For further information regarding this position, please contact Dr. James Bradley (

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter (max. 2 pages) stating your motivation for applying to this position, your research interests, and relevant skills, training and experience.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Copy of official transcript(s).
  • Contact information for at least two and up to 3 references.

    Please also email Dr. James Bradley ( to confirm your intention to apply.

The closing date for applications is 22 December 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held in January 2021.

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