Research Fellow in Peruvian Glacier Retreat

Fixed Term
  • Post Date: February 6, 2019
  • Apply Before: March 10, 2019
Job Description


We are looking toappoint a postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct collaborative research on theNERC-CONCYTEC research project “Integratedupstream and downstream thinking to mitigate the water security challenges ofPeruvian glacier retreat”. Taking a basin-wide water-food-energy-environmentnexus approach in the Santa River Basin, Peru, this project aims to (1) closecritical process knowledge gaps in dynamics of water budget change linked toglacial retreat, connectivity between upstream change and downstreamconsequence and the sources and fluxes of water, sediment, and contaminantsduring high and low flows, and (2) build a stakeholder decision supportframework for mitigation and adaption strategies to both rebalance ecosystemservice provision regarding water supply and mitigate downstream impacts.


You will work incollaboration with Dr Caroline Clason, Professor Will Blake, and Professor IainStewart at the University of Plymouth, in addition to project partners at PlymouthMarine Laboratory and in Peru.


It is essential that you have a PhD (or areclose to completing a PhD) in a field relevant to catchment science and/orglaciology, and that you are willing to conduct multiple field seasons in Peruwhich may involve extended stays of multiple weeks. Independent travel willform a central part of the project so it is desirable, but not essential that youhold a driving licence.


It is desirable that you should have experienceof working in glaciated regions, with relevant knowledge of water and sedimentdynamics in the context of glacier-fed basins. Experience of contaminants inthe context of catchment environmental quality would also be beneficial.


You should have a positive attitude towardsinterdisciplinary research, working within a large collaborative team, andworking closely with a range of stakeholders. It is also essential that youfeel comfortable in undertaking the day-to-day management of a large researchproject.


For an informal discussion or to find out moreabout the role, please contact Dr Caroline Clason by email: telephone on 01752 584873.


Interviews are expected to take place on weekbeginning 1st April 2019 and you will be notified if you have been shortlistedor not.


This is a full-time position working 37 hoursper week on a fixed-term basis for a period of 32 months due to funding.


We offer acompetitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We alsooffer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.


Closing date: 12 midnight, Sunday 10 March 2019


The University of Plymouth is committed toequality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture,demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charterand as a Stonewall diversity champion. All applications will be judged solelyon merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currentlyunder-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnicgroups.


University of Plymouth holds a TEF (TeachingExcellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.