Calling All Green Thumbs: Met Éireann on the Hunt for Soil Moisture Researcher!

Met Éireann Launches Irish Soil Moisture Observation Network to Advance Water Cycle Understanding

Met Éireann, the Irish meteorological service, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the newly established Irish Soil Moisture Observation Network (ISMON). This long-term observation platform aims to enhance our understanding of the water cycle in Ireland. The accurate information on soil moisture conditions gathered by ISMON will contribute to improved short and medium-term weather prediction, according to Met Éireann. Additionally, the monitoring and modelling, along with associated advisories, are expected to help protect soil and water quality and mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in farming and forestry. The information gathered will also facilitate optimal grass and crop production and enhance flood and forest fire risk management.

ISMON serves as the umbrella organization for several soil moisture networks, including Teagasc’s National Agricultural Soil Carbon Observatory (NASCO), established in 2021. The group also includes Terrain AI, led by Maynooth University, and other Irish institutions that focus on the impact of human activity on land use and its relation to climate change. The AGMET Group, which monitors soil moisture conditions using ten Cosmic Neutron Ray Sensor (CNRS) stations across Ireland, will also contribute information to ISMON. Additionally, COSMOS-UK, a network that provides soil moisture data from 50 sites across the UK, will be part of ISMON.

The postdoctoral researcher, who will hold the position for three years, will collaborate with colleagues in Met Éireann and ISMON partner organizations. Their responsibilities will include establishing and streamlining data transfers from the network to the Met Éireann database, ensuring consistency between different measurement techniques. Once the data has been verified, it will be made available on the Met Éireann and Government of Ireland websites. The researcher will also produce improved maps of soil moisture content for use in nutrient management, grass and crop growth models, and flood risk assessment.

The position will be based at Met Éireann headquarters in Dublin and offers an annual salary of €51,042 on appointment, rising to €57,685 during the third year of the contract. Candidates must have a PhD, or be close to completing their studies, in at least one of the following areas: atmospheric sciences, physics, mathematics, hydrology, civil engineering, soil science, or a related discipline. They should possess knowledge of atmospheric or hydrological processes, strong programming and quantitative skills, project management experience, and effective communication skills.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, December 19, 2023.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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