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Mathematical Modeller

Salary £31,995.00- £38,827.00
Location Aberdeen
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This is a Fixed Term, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group helps tackle our most pressing global problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security. The Information & Computational Sciences Department (ICS) comprises a wide portfolio of skills, working at a range of scales from molecular to global. The Group exploits expertise in bioinformatics, geoinformatics, data science, risk assessment and integrated complex systems modelling, as well as research computing and high-performance computing.

We are seeking a collaborative and motivated Mathematical Modeller, to join our Human & Ecological Modelling Group. You should have a Ph.D. in mathematical modelling/biogeochemical modelling with significant simulation modelling experience, facilitated by sound programming skills (e.g. Python, C, Matlab, R, etc.). You will work on a variety of major Scottish Government, NERC and Horizon Europe-funded research projects to understand how land management and climate change impact on carbon-rich landscapes and the contribution that land-based solutions may bring to the climate emergency.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the portfolio of research in the ICS Department, some of it within the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme which commenced in April this year. As such, the post holder will have the opportunity and will be encouraged to develop their own scientific solutions to a range of research challenges and deliverables within this Programme, under the line management of Dr Jagadeesh Yeluripati.

Specific research challenges the successful candidate will be working on include monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of the impacts of land management interventions on soil carbon, across agricultural and seminatural soils. This research lies at the nexus of multiple technological, scientific and policy developments and promises to be a strong and impactful topic now and for the future.

This post can be based either in Aberdeen or Dundee and we are also open to flexible and blended working arrangements. We are committed to equality and diversity. As an equal opportunity employer, the James Hutton Institute celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. The Institute is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, Athena SWAN Bronze Status holder, Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer. If you have any informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jagadeesh Yeluripati (

More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.

Main Duties of Postholder

The postholder will contribute to all aspects of the research cycle including research proposals, model development, analysis, and visualisation of model outputs, through to peer reviewed publications and approaches for knowledge exchange with non-academic audiences. Key activities include: 

  • Developing and running biogeochemical models, for a diverse range of applications in agriculture
  • Data analysis, interpretation, and publication of model results
  • Development of models and model protocols that align with Institute and funder open science initiatives
  • To contribute to publication of research in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals
  • To contribute to (inter)national funding proposals
  • To collaborate with Hutton researchers on interdisciplinary research across multiple departments

The postholder will be supported in their professional development to enhance their own research contribution and academic profile. 



  • PhD in mathematical modelling, or equivalent post-graduate experience
  • Domain-relevant experience (climate change, nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics, etc.)
  • Ability to conceptualise, develop and apply models, including strong computer programming skills (e.g. Python, C, Matlab, R, etc.)
  • Experience using internationally recognised models (DNDC, ECOSSE, DayCent, etc.) or experience of developing smaller scale soil biogeochemistry models
  • Knowledge of open science principles
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to engage with different audiences
  • Experience in contributing to research proposals
  • Ability to work both in interdisciplinary teams and unaided
  • Fit with existing Research Groups within the ICS Department


  • Knowledge of contemporary global environmental and ecological issues in the context of sustainable agricultural production
  • Experience in using the Linux operating system
  • Practical experience of high-performance computing and associated job schedulers (e.g. SLURM, SGE, TORQUE)
  • Expertise in development of data protocols for open science data archiving and robust data management
  • Experience of github or equivalent open version-control data repository

Other Skills

  • Ability to manage time in relation to meeting project deadlines
  • Familiarity with relevant ethics and data protection guidelines

Benefits Offered

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - A confidential service available to support employees and their families with work or personal problems. Providing access to professional counsellors, psychologists, and work-life consultants available to help and support individuals in tackling all types of problems.

Annual Leave – Generous entitlement up to 40.5 days a year, with carry over possible and guaranteed time-off for Christmas.

Pension - Employer Contribution of 15% in a Personal Pension Plan and employee contribution flexibility.

Self-managed hours and Flexible Working – option to manage and spread your working time in line with organisational needs to create a healthy work life balance.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.  

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute is Happy to Talk Flexible Working.

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 – 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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