Field Greenhouse Gas Measurement Scientist

Engineering & Technology - UK Jobs

Full time (37 hours per week)
Based at our Wallingford site, Currently trialing hybrid working with up to 2 days per week working from home
The closing date for applications is 18th July 2022
Interviews will be held shortly after this

About the role

Are you interested in the environment and the innovative use of technology to address questions in environmental science? Do you enjoy travelling to exciting field locations to solve technical challenges and to engage with research teams and stakeholders? If this sounds like you, then join us at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) to work on land-based solutions to the climate crisis. 

As a Field Greenhouse Gas Measurement Scientist within the Land Surface Science Group, you will work across the rapidly expanding portfolio of UKCEH net zero projects. You will operate our cutting-edge network of eddy covariance sites that delivers information on greenhouse gas and water balance from terrestrial and freshwater habitats in near real-time. You will design and install new eddy covariance and low cost sensor systems, and will take responsibility for ensuring the highest levels of data completeness and quality. You will work collaboratively with science teams to extract new insights from these datasets. The role involves an exciting mixture of field-based observational science, development of new environmental monitoring approaches and data analysis.

Key responsibilities

  • Operate state-of-the-art eddy covariance stations located across a wide range of habitats and agri-ecosystems, including field deployment of new network sites 
  • Maintain and calibrate eddy covariance, meteorological and soil sensors, and collect and analyse supporting field measurements 
  • Design, assemble and deploy novel low-cost sensor networks to monitor a wide range of environmental processes and their physical and biological controls. 
  • Communicate technical developments and research findings via written articles, conferences and social media platforms

About you

Essential Skills

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm, drive and passion for environmental science and the application of technological innovations to environmental monitoring. 
  • A 2.1 degree or higher in a science or engineering (STEM) subject
  • Some knowledge and experience of sensor networks and/or datalogging systems (e.g. Campbell Scientific, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc.) for environmental monitoring. 

Experience/Proven abilities

  • Excellent attention to detail, with an ability to maintain a fully documented and reproducible workflow.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with an ability to work independently, to fixed deadlines.
  • Good written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and deliver fieldwork activities with a proven experience working safely in remote outdoor environments.


  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with an ability to work independently, to fixed deadlines.
  • Good team working skills and be able to demonstrate the ability to develop effective internal and external collaborations.
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