Research Associate/Fellow in Life Cycle Assessment of Biochar as a Greenhouse Gas Removals Technology
University of Nottingham Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

Research Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 9th January 2022
Job Type
£27924 to £40927 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Associate / Fellow position in life cycle assessment of biochar as a greenhouse gas removals technology.

 This position is funded through a £30 million research programme, consisting of five greenhouse gas removals demonstrators and a central hub ( The successful applicant will work within the Biochar Demonstrator, the world’s largest biochar trial to date, and will have extensive interaction with related LCA activities across the wider research programme. This position presents an exciting opportunity to create research outputs with the potential to shape future policy as the UK and other nations plan transitions towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.

 Working within a multidisciplinary team, you will develop novel LCA methodologies to quantify the net carbon implications of biochar, accounting for the efficiency of its production, its permanence in soils, and considering benefits of biochar addition in soils (nutrient provision; yield improvement; water management) as well as potential trade-offs. In collaboration with industrial and international academic partners, you will have the opportunity to extend findings for the UK context to better understand the global potential of biochar to achieve negative greenhouse gas emissions. 

You will hold, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant subject area, or equivalent in professional qualifications with a background in biofuels/bioproducts, agriculture, and/or forestry systems of particular relevance. You will have significant expertise in the development and application of life cycle assessment methodologies in these areas. Essential skills that you possess include effective collaborative working in a multi-disciplinary environment; creative thinking and problem solving; and the ability to clearly communicate complex concepts to diverse audiences. 

This is a full-time (36.25 hours), fixed term post for three years.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Jon McKechnie, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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