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Job ID
Posting Date
University of Exeter
Job type
Full time
from £20,411 progressing through Grade D, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours of Work
Fixed term contract
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University of Exeter

Research Technician

Job description

Technical Services


College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Geography

This NERC-funded full time post is available from 1st January 2018 on a fixed term basis for 3 years and 4 months.


The University of Exeter is the fastest rising, fastest growing University in the UK, we offer you the opportunity to join a Russell Group University ranked within the UK top ten and globally recognised amongst its vast range of Sciences.


Technical Services at the University of Exeter is comprised of STEMM-facing research and teaching technical staff. Whilst all operating in a single service our staff work in a wide range of specialist areas such as, Engineering, Physics, Geology, Mining and Minerals, Renewable Energy, Life and Environmental Science, Sports and Health Science, Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging.


The College wishes to recruit a Research Technician to support the work of Professors Richard Brazier, Karen Anderson, Stephen Sitch and Drs Tim Hill and Andrew Cunliffe. The research project; ‘Do dryland ecosystems control variability and recent trends in the land CO2 sink?’ affords a unique opportunity to travel, work and learn about some of the best understood dryland ecosystems in the World. The candidate will deliver data collection, data analysis and basic modelling work, within the drylands of south west USA, located in the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave deserts. As such the role will involve extensive fieldwork programs; up to three trips of six weeks per year each maintaining field equipment and undertaking drone surveys of vegetation, desk-based analysis of global flux tower and biomass data and some laboratory based analysis of soil samples for carbon content. The post will be based in Geography at the University of Exeter Streatham campus, and all necessary training will be provided.

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically.

We offer a wide range of benefits which can be found here , and include, generous holiday entitlement, pension, on-site gym and continuous investment in your personal and professional development (see ).


Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P59323 in any correspondence.


We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

Interviews are expected to take place on Friday the 24th November 2017 for a 1st January 2018 start date (though this may be negotiable). 

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 12th November.

Geography holds an Athena Swan Silver award as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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