Research Fellow (GEO398R)

The Sand Injection Research Group (SIRG) has a Research Fellowship in the School of Geosciences under the leadership of Professor Andrew Hurst. SIRG is the leading global centre for research on natural sand fluidisation and injection.

Research fellows are expected to collaborate within the SIRG team and to interact regularly with members of the SIRG consortium. The latter may involve co-leading lab and outcrop short courses and workshops. Research publication and presentation are encouraged.

Main purpose of the role:

Carrying out lab and outcrop-based and field data acquisition, data analysis and integration, and interpretation. Liaison with SIRG membership and presentation and publication of research.

For one appointment the minimum requirement is a PhD in an area of Geology (possibly Geophysics) with skills relevant to SIRG research (prior knowledge of sand injection is not essential) and an excellent academic record. Candidates who recently (2020) completed their PhD are suitable. Ideally, your background will include quantitative science and outcrop-based research. Please note that most SIRG fieldwork is in a hot arid climate and tolerance of long working days in these conditions is essential. A good level of physical fitness and durability is requisite.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (33,797 - 40,323 per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

As this post is funded by numerous funding sources to support the Sand Injectite Research Group it is available for 2 years.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser (Tel: +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and personal statement of no more than two sides of A4, outlining your reasons for making an application.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 20 December 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact: Andrew Hurst

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Hurst.

Please quote reference number GEO398R on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.

posted: 30 November 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.