SRM Amaravati Life Sciences JRF Vacancy

Applications are invited for the position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) under the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB - Govt. of India)-sponsored Research project entitled “Methane Emissions from Tropical Aquatic Networks: Elucidating Underpinning Mechanisms and Landscape-level Drivers” (Reference No: SRG/2019/000539)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Shoji D. Thottathil
Eligibility : First class M.Sc. in Life Science, Environmental Science, or Chemistry with CSIR-NET/LS
Emoluments : Consolidated pay of ₹31,000/- month + 20% HRA
Interested candidates may apply to Dr. Shoji D. Thottathil (email: ) with a Letter of Motivation and CV. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at SRM University AP, Amaravati, Neerukonda, Mangalagiri Mandal, Andhra Pradesh.
No TA/DA will be provided for attending the interview. 
Description of the project:
Methane (CH4) is a highly potent greenhouse gas (GHG) with about 34-times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide (CO2) over 100-year horizon. The atmospheric CH4 levels has tripled since 1750s, yet the accurate allocation of relative contribution of diverse sources of atmospheric CH4 is still a matter of debate. Of the one-third of total CH4 emissions attributed to natural sources, emissions from freshwater aquatic systems are substantial. However, large uncertainties exist in the global freshwater CH4 emission estimates currently due to the paucity of data to represent complex aquatic networks, particularly from tropical Asia. This project aims to fill this knowledge gap by deriving mechanistic understanding on the processes shaping CH4 emissions from tropical Krishna River network by conducting series of field campaigns and experiments. Resulting data will be used to integrate mechanistic understanding on microbial processes (CH4 production and oxidation) to empirical models for basin-wide CH4 dynamics. This project is expected to provide hitherto unestablished links between landscape features and aquatic CH4 emissions which in turn will be used to upscale and place tropical systems in the global inland water CH4 emissions.

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