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Research Fellow (Blue Carbon)



Faculty of Science and Health
School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences

Research Fellow (Blue Carbon)

Employment type: Fixed-term (until 31 July 2022)
Employment basis: Full-time
Salary: £36,382 - £39,739
Post number: ZZ007247
Date published: 15 November 2021
Closing Date: 06 December 2021
Interview Date: 07 January 2022
Start Date: January 2022

The University of Portsmouth is an ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth is a hub for marine coastal habitat research and restoration. Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work at IMS in collaboration with the Centre of Blue Governance and the Centre for Innovative and Sustainable Finance to conduct a feasibility study and implementation strategy for seascape restoration of coastal habitats in the Solent to support blue carbon storage.

This project builds on existing University-wide interdisciplinary expertise to support a critical mass of research focused on blue carbon as a nature-based solution to the climate crisis. Tackling climate change through nature-based solutions, in which the power of natural processes is used to support carbon uptake and build community resilience, is a significant strategic opportunity for the University. Restoring degraded coastal habitats (i.e. seagrass, oyster reefs, kelp, and salt marsh) to capture blue carbon are particularly effective solutions as the knowledge and experience to deliver restoration exists and they provide a range of additional ecosystem services required for climate change resilience and biodiversity gain.

Candidates should have a PhD, or equivalent experience, in blue carbon and coastal habitat ecology and restoration/blue carbon accreditation and finance mechanisms. Evidence of previous engagement with restoration communities is highly desirable. Strong communication and organisational skills and experience working as part of a team would be valuable. The post provides an excellent opportunity for personal and career development.

Informal enquiries are encouraged/can be made to Dr Preston, Reader in Marine Ecology and Evolution, (02392 845799), [email protected]

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, or from other ethnic groups who are currently under-represented at this level in this area. We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

The University of Portsmouth believes this role is eligible for sponsorship with UKVI under the Skilled Worker Route visa, and meets the minimum salary requirements to obtain the minimum points requirement.

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and this role, click on the apply button and apply on-line.

It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s application form.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.


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