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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Researcher in Isotopic and Greenhouse Gas Monitoring

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Isotopic and Greenhouse Gas Monitoring

Postdoctoral Researcher in Isotopic and Greenhouse Gas Monitoring


The University of Edinburgh

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.


Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant division
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)



Salary Range: (£33,797 - £40,322)

Preferred education

Application deadline
30 June 2021

8 June 2021

Job description

Grade UE07, salary range: £33,797 – £40,322.

School of GeoSciences, College of Science and Engineering (primary location of the successful candidate will be in London at the National Physical Laboratory)

Full Time (35 hours per week).

Fixed Term for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension.

Preferred Start Date: October 2021.

1 position available

We are looking for a scientist with, or soon to complete, a PhD in atmospheric science, isotope geochemistry or analytical chemistry. An undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, environmental science, or engineering is also expected.

The Opportunity:

You will be a key member of a new project called POLYGRAM ( to work on the sampling and laboratory methods to make measurements of the rare isotopologues of methane in the atmosphere. Methane is the second most important anthropogenic greenhouse gases and understanding its changing atmospheric budget is vital. You will work together with a broad range of scientists; atmospheric modelers and isotope geochemists throughout the UK and abroad. Your work will involve sample collection from field studies, processing of samples in the laboratory, and interpreting datasets. You will be based at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) as part of an ongoing close collaboration in atmospheric science between NPL and the University of Edinburgh.

Your skills and attributes for success:

- Confidence in the measurement techniques used to measure trace gases in the atmosphere
- Experience in analysing atmospheric datasets
- Experience in instrument automation, experimentation, and analytical chemical methods such as gas chromatography
- Evidence of scientific writing and presentation skills
- Ability to work independently with attention to detail

How to apply

For the full job description, and to apply, please follow the link below which will redirect you to the advertisement on the University of Edinburgh’s website: