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Post-Doctoral Researcher (34 months) - Maynooth, Ireland

Post-Doctoral Researcher (34 months) - Maynooth, Ireland

Maynooth, Ireland
Start date: 1st September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter
Duration: 34 months
The position will be based at Maynooth University within the climate research centre ICARUS ( and the Geography Department.
Salary: €42,033 per annum with annual increments
We are seeking a Post Doctoral Researcher to work on a Science Foundation Ireland funded project (PCARB: Investigating the past climate influence on the carbon accumulation rates of Irish blanket bogs). This project aims to assess how past changes in climate altered carbon accumulation in Irish blanket bogs, to inform estimates of potential future carbon sequestration. The PCARB team will consist of the P.I. (Dr Lisa Orme), a PhD student researching Holocene variability in carbon accumulation rates (Work Package 1) and the advertised postdoctoral researcher, who will lead Work Packages 2 and 3. Work Package 2 is an extensive assessment of carbon accumulation rates during the last millennium from sites across Ireland. The developed palaeo-environmental dataset, in combination with modelling of future blanket bog extent, will inform estimates of the likely future carbon accumulation by blanket bogs in Ireland (Work Package 3).
The appointee will retrieve peat cores from thirty blanket bog sites across Ireland from a range of elevations and across a gradient of key bioclimatic indicators (reflecting moisture and temperature gradients). Records of carbon accumulation during the last millennium (850-1850 AD) will be developed at each site and using modern climate averages, the relationship between climate variables and carbon accumulation will be assessed. The carbon accumulation rates will be measured by analysing the carbon content and bulk density along the sediment cores, in addition to estimating the age with tephrochronology and radiocarbon dating. This information will lead to estimates of future rates of carbon accumulation by blanket bogs in Ireland under different climate scenarios.

The postdoctoral research will then model future blanket bog extent using the bioclimatic envelope model PeatStash (Gallego-Sala et al., 2010), with training in the use of the PeatStash model provided if required.

In addition to helping achieve the project research goals, the postdoctoral researcher will also be required to support outreach activities. This will likely involve writing material for a public audience and helping to plan and implement several peatland outreach events.
• A PhD in geography, earth science, or other related discipline.

• Experience of conducting fieldwork, analysing sediments and/or conducting laboratory analyses.
• Knowledge of peatland ecosystems and carbon sequestration.
• Competency in statistical analyses.
• Competency in R (or similar language).
• Experience in delivering research projects to a high standard.
• A history of publication commensurate with career stage.
• Excellent oral, written and analytical skills.
• A valid driving license and willingness to drive on fieldwork.
Deadline: 23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Tuesday, 18th July 2023
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Further information
For further information please contact Dr Lisa Orme at
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