Postdoctoral Research Assistant in River Greenhouse Gases

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, seeks to appoint a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in River Greenhouse Gases. The PDRA will join a research team and report to the Principal Investigator Prof. Robert Hilton on the project “RIV-ESCAPE: River emissions of greenhouse gases from warming landscapes” ( which is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

The overall aim of the project is to better constrain how and why carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions from rivers will change as landscapes warm. To do this, this PDRA will lead the installation of novel field installations that continuously measure CO2 and CH4 concentration and flux, while quantifying turbulent river flow at high frequency (hours) over seasonal cycles. UK rivers will be used to refine the methods, before their application to track CO2 and CH4 release in Arctic rivers of the Mackenzie Basin, Canada, which drain old carbon stocks that are warming rapidly.

RIV-ESCAPE is a 5-year project which will build a collaborative team of researchers and post graduate students at Oxford. The PDRA will collaborate with scientists in Canada and the UK on themes of greenhouse gas release and river hydrodynamics. They will provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group, while also having responsibilities to manage fieldtrip and equipment logistics. The research will be carried out using cutting-edge equipment to quantify greenhouse gas fluxes (Eddy Covariance) and river hydrodynamics (ADCP, ADV). Alongside the RIV-ESCAPE project, the PDRA will join a broader team working on river and sediment geochemistry with Hilton, comprising a two PDRAs and a PhD student, while also having the opportunity to interact and develop collaborations with a wider range of academics working on biogeochemistry in the Department.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 26 August 2022. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.

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  • Additional Dates: Interviews expected to be week 5th September
  • Contact: Robert Hilton email