Research Technician - Soil and Ecosystem Ecology

Job Reference : S&E-13834

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing Date : 30/04/2019

Salary : £23,334 to £26,243 per annum subject to experience

Employment Type : Fixed Term

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 

Division : Earth & Environmental Sciences 

Hours Per week : 35

Contract Duration : Starting 1 August 2019 until 31 January 2020

The Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory at Manchester seeks a committed and engaged research technician to provide technical support for a range of laboratory and field based scientific activities. The laboratory provides a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities for the analysis of soil nutrients (inorganic and organic), carbon, soil organisms and ecosystem processes, including the flux of greenhouse gases.

You will provide technical support for the BBSRC funded project ‘The root to stability - the role of plant roots in ecosystem response to climate change’. The project team includes Dr. De Vries, a post-doctoral research associate, students, and collaborators from within and outside the University. 

You will ideally have relevant practical laboratory experience in biological and environmental sciences, with a particular focus on methods for quantifying plant-soil interactions and molecular methods for characterising microbial communities. You should be able to support the set up and maintenance of pot experiments in controlled environments, including the sampling of soils, greenhouse gases and vegetation, and maintenance of laboratory equipment. You should hold a BSc (or equivalent) in a relevant science.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The School holds a Bronze Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Dr Franciska de Vries
Tel: 0161 306 8901

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please click here for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application.