We are recruiting for a Grade 8 Assistant Professor (Research and Education) in Tree Physiology/Forest Ecosystem Ecology, full time salary is normally in the range £45,585 to £54,395 with potential progression once in post to £61,198. Closing date 30th April 2024.  

Application and further details are available on this webpage

Role Summary

Recruiting a talented academic to the University of Birmingham (UK) affiliated with the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR).

Applications are invited from early career researchers for an open-ended faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in a joint appointment across the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Biosciences and within the interdisciplinary BIFoR forest institute at the University of Birmingham UK.

We are recruiting a tree physiologist or forest ecosystem ecologist, broadly defined. Of particular interest are applicants who do research in areas such as (but not limited to) tree physiology, which might include, for example, canopy development and processes, water or nutrient interactions, or root growth and physiology. In addition, the Fellow will lead in the integration of data streams from other team members to develop a comprehensive assessment of forest response to elevated CO2, including net primary productivity and carbon and nutrient budgets. The Fellow will work in close collaboration with a modelling team to provide critical parameters for model assessments and evaluation and interpretation of model output. In addition to the primary responsibilities at BIFoR FACE, the Fellow will also bring a similar focus to the AmazonFACE experiment ( through interactions with students and research staff at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil, and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. This interaction should promote joint investigations between the two FACE experiments and evaluations of similarities and contrasts in their responses to elevated CO2.

Activities within the Institute: The successful candidate will have access to one of the world’s largest climate change experiments for forests, BIFoR-FACE, which is now scheduled to continue into the 2030s, as well as the new Wolfson Advanced Glasshouses facility. BIFoR is working closely with Amazon-FACE and thus is expected to work synergistically on data outputs. Research groups within BIFoR provide expertise in soil biogeochemistry, plant physiology and genetics, climate change impacts on trees and forests, plant pathology, microbial ecology and greenhouse gas, large scale eco-evolutionary modelling, fire, flood and drought risk analysis as well as global mortality

PhD studentships 

We do not currently have any funded PhD research projects available to apply for, however if you are a self-funded PhD candidate please contact  

Birmingham Fellows

The University of Birmingham also recruits annually for new Birmingham Fellows across all of our academic disciplines, and within the five Colleges of: Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, and Social Sciences.  If you are an early-career research with research interests related to BIFoR please do get in touch with us  and we will be able to direct your enquiry.

The Birmingham Fellowship programme offers five years of protected time for high-quality research, allowing outstanding, high potential, early-career researchers of all ages to establish themselves as rounded academics who will go on to excel in their academic discipline across research, teaching and wider citizenship. All Fellowships come with a permanent academic post at the University.

We are always interested to talk to people who are looking for that next exciting step in their research career.  If you are looking for fellowship openings please take a moment to look at the Birmingham Fellowships webpages. Please do get in touch if you have any questions. 

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