Vacancies - Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

The posts below are sought in relation to a five-year research programme entitled QUINTUS that aims to determine how a mature temperate forest responds to rising atmospheric CO2.  The QUINTUS project or “Quinquennial (half-decadal) carbon and nutrient dynamics in temperate forests: Implications for carbon sequestration in a high carbon dioxide world” (QUINTUS) is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). QUINTUS uses a unique field facility (the only Free-Air Carbon Enrichment facility in northern temperate forest) and will deliver a foundational change in our understanding of future carbon uptake in temperate forests, and in mature forests generally.  

Research Technician in Nutrient & Elemental Analysis - Geography - 81922 - Band 500 

The post holder will make a significant contribution to the processing of biotic and abiotic samples from the research woodland FACE experiment. This well-supported but challenging role combines significant laboratory and field work across multiple disciplines (ecology, ecohydrology, meteorology, and soil science). The post holder will work closely with the BIFoR research team to collect, process and analyse scientifically robust data to deliver high-end research, and will be expected to give training and guidance to other group members. For further details please click through to the main recruitment website. Closing date 1st September 2019. 

Senior Research Technician - School of Georgaphy, Earth and Environmental Sciences - 81933 - Grade 6

The post holder will join the BIFoR research team based at the Edgbaston campus, led by Prof Rob MacKenzie, working on environmental / biological samples, and sensor data, from the BIFoR Free Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) experiment based in Staffordshire. The post holder will make a leading and coordinating contribution to the processing of biotic and abiotic samples from the research woodland FACE experiment. This role combines significant laboratory and field work across multiple disciplines (ecology, hydrology, meteorology, and soil science) and will act as a senior research technician for the QUINTUS project, as part of a project technical team of 3 and a BIFoR technical team of 9. For further details please click through to the main recruitment website. Closing date 3 September 2019. 

BIFoR Field Research Technician - 81932

The post holder will join the BIFoR research team, led by Prof Rob MacKenzie, working on field measurements (including soil, plant tissue and gas samples) at the BIFoR Free Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) experiment based in Staffordshire. The post holder will make a significant contribution to the processing of biotic and abiotic samples from the research woodland FACE experiment. This well-supported but challenging role combines significant field and laboratory work involving several disciplines (notably plant physiology, nutrient cycling, soil science, hydrology) including the coordination of student volunteers. The post holder will work closely with the BIFoR research team to collect, process and analyse scientifically robust data to deliver high-end research, and will be expected to give training and guidance to other group members. They will also be expected to maintain laboratory equipment, consumables and to write risk assessments/method statements where appropriate. For further details please click through to the main recruitment website. Closing date 3 September 2019.