Research Associate in Palaeo-Environmental Geochemistry , – Ref:1740837
(inclusive of London allowance)
We are seeking to appoint a research associate position in geochemistry, to be held at the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL.
The NERC-funded project (North China craton: a unique window into Earth’s middle age) will examine elemental and stable isotope (C, N, Mo, U) compositions of seawater chemistry archives through targeted portions of Proterozoic strata on the North China craton. The goal is to test hypotheses linking early eukaryote evolution and environmental conditions, including oxygenation and nutrient availability.
The successful candidate will conduct C and N isotopic analyses of marine sedimentary rocks, mostly shales, during certain Proterozoic time periods, and help establish geochemical techniques, specifically core-scanning XRF, and Mo and U stable isotope analyses.
The post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.
The successful candidate will have a PhD, or thesis submitted subject to examination, in a relevant branch of the geosciences, and a strong background in analysing isotope ratios in geological materials. A demonstrable ability to interpret isotopic results in a geological context is essential.
Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 – £31,967 per annum, including London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the PhD award date. If the PhD has not yet been granted, the final accepted version of the thesis must have been submitted to the degree-granting university by the start date.
A job description and person specification for the post can be accessed at the link at bottom of this page.
To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Prof. Graham Shields (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For enquiries about the application procedure please contact Leisa Clemente (email: email@example.com).
Research Fellow in Palaeoenvironmental Geochemistry
Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in geochemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?
You will join a team of geochemists and biogeochemical modellers at the University of Leeds to work on a NERC funded project (North China craton: A unique window into Earth’s middle age). You will work with Prof Simon Poulton and Dr Ben Mills to constrain ocean redox conditions and nutrient cycling through targeted portions of Proterozoic strata on the North China craton. The research at Leeds forms part of a larger project in collaboration with Prof Graham Shields and Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann at University College London.
You will be responsible for developing records of water column oxygenation, nutrient availability and sulphur cycling using a range of geochemical and stable isotopic techniques across this time interval. These data will be used to inform the biogeochemical modelling strand of the project, in order to understand environmental controls on the evolution of the Earth system during the mid-Proterozoic.
You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in the field of Earth, Environmental or Marine Sciences and have extensive experience of working in a geochemistry laboratory.You will also have knowledge of sedimentary geochemistry, and may have experience of applying sedimentary extraction techniques. Knowledge of iron-sulphur-carbon systematics, and trace metal and nutrient cycling in ancient marine systems is highly desirable. You will have evidence of a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Professor Simon Poulton, Chair in Biogeochemistry and Earth History
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5237, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Location:||Leeds – Main Campus|
|Faculty/Service:||Faculty of Environment|
|School/Institute:||School of Earth and Environment|
|Salary:||£32,548 to £38,833 p.a.|
|Working Time:||100%. Job share and flexible working will be considered|
|Post Type:||Full Time|
|Contract Type:||Fixed Term (for 2 years due to external funding)|
|Closing Date:||Monday 27 August 2018|