Vacancies - Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

Research Technician (to June 2018)

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £19,156 to £20,514. With potential progression once in post to £25,009 a year. Closing date 20 December 2017.

The post holder will be based in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES). This full-time (100%) research technician post is funded by the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) for 6 months. The post holder will join the BIFoR research team, led by Profs Michael Tausz and Rob MacKenzie, working on baseline measurements on the BIFoR Free Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) experiment. 

The post holder will make a significant contribution to the baseline measurements of the research woodland FACE experiment with the ultimate aim of helping understand the response of mature oak woodlands to high CO2 environments including their susceptibility to pests and diseases. This challenging role combines significant field and lab work across multiple disciplines (ecology, hydrology, meteorology, and soil science) with an organisation/administration role. The post holder will work closely with Prof Tausz’s group members to efficiently collect, collate and analyse scientifically robust data to deliver high-end research, and will be expected to give training and guidance to other group members and arrange outreach projects involving external forestry sector partners, public volunteers and community/school groups. The post-holder also may be expected to maintain field kit consumables and write risk assessments.

The post holder will provide support for and contribute to College activities under the direction of the Technical Services and Operations Manager as required. 

For more information visit the University of Birmingham current vacancies web page.

Research Fellow in Forest Ecosystem Processes

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

The Research Associate will have a central role in designing, coordinating and undertaking forest ecosystem process research within cutting edge the Free Air CO2 Enrichment program of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR-FACE).

In this role, the incumbent will collaborate with others to ensure the success of the strategic aims of the BIFoR-FACE programme and participate in all aspects of research, from design over data collection, quality control and statistical evaluation through to presentation and publication results. The research associate will undertake field intensive measurements at the BIFoR-FACE site.

Person Specification

  • A PhD in a relevant area of environmental plant sciences, forest sciences, or ecosystem processes; preferentially with strong field work experience;
  • Demonstrated initiative in completing scientific investigations from design through data collection and evaluation to publication;
  • A record commensurate with stage of career of publications in well regarded peer reviewed academic journals;
  • Excellent communication, written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively

Closing Date 21 November 2017 For more information visit

If you would like to speak to someone about this position please contact Prof Michael Tausz on 0121 414 5889 or email