Postdoctoral research assistant in global carbon cycle modelling (ref. 15581), School of Geographical Sciences

Assessing future ocean acidification impacts on ocean carbon cycling.

A key facet of ocean acidification is the impact that changes in the chemistry of the ocean may have on marine algae, particularly those that make shells out of calcium carbonate. However, large uncertainties exist in the mechanistic details of how the modern carbon cycle ‘works’ and what the importance is (if any) of carbonate shells in the sinking of organic matter in the ocean.

As part of the £12 million UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (, the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK is looking to appoint a highly skilled, well organised individual to participate in a three year funded research programme aiming to narrow the uncertainties in the future ocean acidification impacts on the ocean carbon cycle and hence better understand the strength of feedbacks with atmospheric CO2 and climate.

You will work as part of a team of global carbon cycle and climate modelers and be responsible for critically assessing the carbon cycle as simulated in an Earth system model and evaluating the uncertainty in future predictions. There will be opportunities to travel to work closely with project collaborators in Germany and Japan.

If successful, you may be appointed either on a fixed term or a permanent contract depending on the extent of your previous relevant research experience. Further information can be found at

Fixed Term Contract (Fixed-term contract for 33 months from start date (1st January 2011 latest))


Level a in Pathway 2

Closing date for applications:
9:00am 23 Aug 2010

Anticipated interview date:
20 Sep 2010

Anticipated start date:
01 Jan 2011

Contact for informal inquiries:
Prof A Ridgwell ( | 0117 95 46858)
Ms J Milsom ( | 0117 95 46978)

University of Bristol, 14 July 2010. Job offer.

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