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Research Fellow in Enhanced Rock Weathering


Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £30,942 to £32,817
Full Time Fixed Term (3 Years)
Closing Date:  Friday 21 August 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1279220HN

It is now clear that the active removal of atmospheric CO2 is essential if we are to limit the increase in global average temperature to the 1.5 °C target set by the Paris Agreement. Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW) is a geoengineering strategy that can help accelerate CO2 sequestration by amending soils with crushed reactive rocks to increase the rate of silicate weathering. The process also releases nutrients that can help fertilize crop growth and protect against crop pathogens, potentially lowering fertilizer and pesticide usage.

You will join us in conducting the world’s first field trials of ERW at sites in Illinois, USA, Malaysian Borneo and the UK. These large-scale trials are providing vital new constraints on the rates of rock weathering in different agricultural settings, and hence the extent to which ERW can mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions. You will have considerable experience in the collection and chemical analysis of environmental samples (soils, drainage waters, rivers), well-developed self and time-management skills and the ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing are essential. The Research Fellow will be part of the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (, and will work in close collaboration with other researchers leading lab-based experiments and modelling activities.

You will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Geochemistry.

The position is based in the School of Ocean and Earth Science, which is located at the University of Southampton’s Waterfront Campus at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. The post is available for up to 3 years due to funding restrictions and is available from October 2020 or sooner.  

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Rachael James ( or Dr Christopher Pearce ( Please apply online at

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1279220HN on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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