Open for applications: CongoPeat Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow – Land Surface Modeller (deadline 8 June 2021)

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, wishes to recruit either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow to participate in the CongoPeat project, led by the University of Leeds and involving a number of leading experts from the UK, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo. CongoPeat is supported by a NERC large grant to investigate a newly discovered peatland complex in central Africa. The Cuvette Centrale peatlands are a globally relevant carbon store that is vulnerable to loss under land use and climate change. The successful applicant will play a key role in the CongoPeat project, as a modeller to develop the land component of the UK Earth System Model to make future projections of the fate of the Congo peatlands under climate change and their role in the global carbon cycle. This post is available immediately for a period of two years.

The post will include developing JULES (Joint UK Land Environment Simulator), using new measurements and detailed modelling developed within the CongoPeat project, to provide a tropical peat soil scheme for potential future use in Earth System Models. You will use JULES to simulate the entire peatland complex in a global context, to assess how large-scale drainage affects regional climate, and how the peatlands may respond to possible future climate change scenarios, including increased fire risks.

The application closing date is 08/06/2021.

Interviews are expected to take place mid-June. 

For further information please contact Sarah Chadburn, email or Richard Betts, e-mail

Visit the University of Exeter website for job requirements, a job description and to apply online.