Postdoctoral Research – Data Analyst (Wildfire Ecology) - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£31,406 to £43,434  

21 Jul 2022
28 Aug 2022

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-220001FG

Position Details 

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK 

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434  

Grade 7  

Full Time FTC up to 31 December 2024

Closing date:  28 August 2022 


The NERC project UKFDRS aims to establish and test the scientific underpinning and key components required to build an effective, tailored UK fire danger rating system for use in establishing the likelihood and impact of current and future fire regimes. The postdoc position will work primarily within work package 2 of the project examining the fuel moisture content of the and how his varies in space and time. 

Summary of Role

The Data Analysist (Wildfire Ecology) post will make a significant contribution to the fuel moisture regime characterization component of the UKFDRS project. A fuel moisture monitoring network, PyroAqua, has been in place in the UK since the start of 2020 taking many thousands of measurements of the moisture content of different fuels in different climate regions, soils and ecosystems of the UK. The core goals of this position are to use this new and developing data to assess i) the cross-scale spatiotemporal dynamics of dead and living UK fuel moisture, from within canopy to landscape spatial, from daily to seasonal time scales, and ii) whether current or newly developed next generation fuel moisture models are able to represent the moisture of UK temperate dead and living fuels. In addition, there will be opportunities to both direct the future development of the PyroAqua network and to link and work with wildfire records collected by the Fire and Rescue Service.  

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
•    Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
•    Analyse and interpret data
•    Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
•    Disseminate research findings for publication and conference presentations
•    Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods 
•    Undertake management/administration arising from research
•    Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
•    Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
•    Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews 
•    Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters 
•    Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research 
•    Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification

•    A PhD (or near to completion) in a relevant discipline and a broad knowledge of environmental science, landscape ecology and/or wildfire 
•    Skills and experience in the statistical analysis of large data sets. The capability to consider the most appropriate analysis and the capability to implement this analysis using for example R. 
•    The effective communication of research findings through the publication of high-quality journal papers and conference presentations. 
•    Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
•    Ability to communicate complex information clearly
•    Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
•    Contribute to the planning and organising of the UKDFRS research programme.

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