Lancaste rUniversity vacancy Senior Research Associate in Plant-Soil-Nutrient Interactions

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Senior Research Associate in Plant-Soil-Nutrient Interactions
Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary: £32,277 to £37,394
Closing Date: Thursday 13 November 2014
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: A1089
Applications are invited for a NERC-funded post-doctoral position, tenable for three years, to investigate the development of a suite of novel land conditioners and plant fertilizers from the waste streams of biomass energy generation.
The project is part of a large-multidisciplinary team led by Prof Kirk Semple at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) at Lancaster University and is funded by NERC and Defra under the Resource Recovery from Waste research programme
The study contains laboratory and field-based studies to investigate the impact of modified by-products derived from anaerobic digestion and biomass to energy plants to develop new, safe and sustainable source of nutrients for agricultural application, thereby reducing pressure on natural resources and developing a new market for problematic by-products of the bio-energy industry.
You will join a research team, led by Professor Kirk Semple, studying aspects of soil and ecosystem ecology, and will work closely with research staff in LEC and Engineering, Stopford Energy & Environment, the James Hutton Institute and Aqua Enviro. The position is available to scientists with a PhD in plant-soil interactions, soil ecology, soil science or biological sciences and preference will be given to those with experience in laboratory and field studies investigating plant-soil interactions, carbon and nutrient cycling.
The position is effective from the 5th of January 2015 and is available for three years.
Informal enquiries to Professor Kirk Semple (email: or Telephone 01524 510554).
We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.