Research Associate in Alpine Soil and Ecosystem Ecology

Job Reference : S&E-11284
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 19/02/2018
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division :
Hours Per week : 1 FTE
Contract Duration : 1 March 2018 to 31 December 2019

We wish to appoint a highly motivated Research Associate to work on a NERC funded project which aims to experimentally test how reduced snow cover and shrub encroachment simultaneously modify soil microbial communities and their functioning in alpine grasslands.

This full-time, 22 month position will work in collaboration with scientists at the University Innsbruck, the Technical University of Munich, and CEH Wallingford, and will involve a unique combination of experimental studies done at the landscape, field, and controlled environment scale, combined with the use of state of the art approaches to interrogate the taxonomic and functional biodiversity of the soil microbiome and its link to biogeochemical cycling. Field experiments will to be carried out on high altitude alpine grassland in the UNESCO Biosphere Park Gurgler Kamm, Obergurgl, in the Austrian Alps.

You will design and implement experimental studies, and will be responsible for the dissemination and reporting of findings from these studies. You will have a PhD in soil ecology, plant sciences, or related discipline, a thorough understanding of links between plant and soil communities and nutrient and carbon cycling, and a passion for field based research in challenging environments. You will be part of the Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Group at Manchester, and will work alongside a dedicated full time technician and project partners.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The School holds a Bronze Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  

We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Richard Bardgett


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.