Postdoctoral Research Associate in climate change mitigation
University of Sheffield
About the Faculty
The Faculty of Science is one of the leading Science faculties within the UK and one of five faculties within the University of Sheffield. We have a turnover of £114m, over 1000 staff and approximately 5000 students working and studying across the classical science subjects. We organise ourselves around three academic departments, and two schools:
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Physics and Astronomy
Our mission is to understand our world, ourselves and our place in the Universe. For further details about the Faculty of Science please visit our website at www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/science
About the School
The School of Biosciences has been created from a merger of the three Biology Departments: Animal and Plant Sciences, Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The school brings together over 120 academics with a breadth and depth of excellence in multiple areas. The school will create an enhanced Learning and Teaching offering giving students opportunities to experience a greater breadth of Bioscience teaching outside their main programme, and enhanced leadership and coordination of research to better promote excellence and successful exploitation of opportunities.
About the Team
At the School of Biosciences, you will be supervised by Dr Maria Val Martin, a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow with a vibrant research group, and you will interact with the LC3M core research team (6 research fellows and 4 PhD students). LC3M is an international cross-disciplinary research centre
that is leading research in enhanced rock weathering with croplands as a strategy for safely removing the greenhouse gas CO2 from the atmosphere and slow down climate change.
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
We have an exciting opportunity for a talented individual interested in climate change mitigation to join the School of Biosciences to investigate the unexamined and unintended consequences of large-scale deployment of land-based CO2 removal (CDR) strategies (reforestation, peatland restoration, bioenergy crops and enhanced rock weathering), and the extent to which these strategies can help the UK meet targets set in their Net Zero commitment.
You will join the group led by Dr Maria Val Martin at the University of Sheffield and work under a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded project “The Net-Zero emissions challenge: Quantifying unintended climate feedbacks from large-scale deployment of land-based CDR strategies”. As a part of the team, you will be also working closely with colleagues at the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) of University of Sheffield, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, Colorado, US), UKCEH, the MetOffice and BEIS.
You will be expected to undertake a range of roles, mainly leading the development of a series of land use and land cover scenarios with natural and agricultural systems (reforestation, peatland restoration, enhanced rock weathering and bioenergy crops), following the UK Net Zero commitments. Later, you will use these scenarios within a high-resolution land model and atmospheric chemical transport model to study the indirect atmospheric impacts from the large-scale deployment of such as strategies, and potential implications for air quality, human and
vegetation health, and climate.
You will join an exciting project, with world-class research leaders in atmosphere-biosphere-climate interactions and climate change mitigation at Sheffield. We provide a highly supportive environment with access to excellent development resources and cutting-edge facilities, and the opportunity to undertake high-quality research within a stimulating international and multi-disciplinary context. This position therefore offers an excellent opportunity for career development of the successful candidate in one of the UK’s most livable cities.