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Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Floodplain Meadows Partnership

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Based in Milton Keynes and on-site fieldwork in Gloucestershire.
Salary Additional Information AC2 (£34,304 - £40,927 pro rata)
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Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 01/11/2021
Company Name Open University
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Unit: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Salary: AC2 (£34,304 - £40,927 pro rata)

Location: Based in Milton Keynes and on-site fieldwork in Gloucestershire.

Reference: 18971

Fixed Term:  Jan 2022-March 2023 Part Time:  0.5 FTE

Closing date: 1 November 2021

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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

We are looking for a Research Associate to work within the Floodplain Meadows Partnership (FMP) team (www.floodplainmeadows.org.uk)  The post is fixed term and part time.

The Partnership is a long-term research and outreach project investigating the ecohydrology, management, restoration and natural capital of floodplain meadows. 

The role will form part of a team of staff responsible for delivering the recently awarded ‘Flourishing Floodplains’ project based in the Severn and Avon Vales in Gloucestershire. This exciting new post will be responsible for the collection of 300 soil samples for carbon analysis from different landuse types within the Severn and Avon floodplains. This will lead to the publication of ground-breaking research on soil carbon storage in floodplains and provide evidence of the benefits of floodplain meadow restoration.

The post will also be responsible for undertaking botanical survey in up to 1000 ha of floodplain grassland. This will be done both directly by the post holder, and through running training sessions in survey methods with volunteers, whose activities will then be co-ordinated by the role holder.

This post is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

Skills and experience

You will have extensive experience of botanical survey in UK grasslands and other fieldwork experience.

You will have experience of working with both volunteers and partner organisations at a range of levels.

You will be able to demonstrate that you can deliver training sessions in botanical identification and field survey methods.

You will have an excellent ability to self-organise, prioritise your work and be and be able to work to deadlines

How to apply

All applications are completed online following the instructions below and clicking the “Apply Now” link.

To apply for this role please submit (as one document) the following;

  1. 1.    Personal statement, no more than 2 sides of A4. Set out in your statement why you are interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role detailed in the job and person specification.  
  2. 2.    A full CV

The above two documents should be submitted as a single attachment during the application process.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please ensure your document is saved with the following file name format: 18971 STEM, surname, first initial.


Closing date:

Interviews are expected to take place on 16th November 2021

Queries to Emma Rothero at emma.rothero@open.ac.uk

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