Post-doctoral research associate in sedimentary
iron isotope analysis

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, is seeking a Post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) in sedimentary iron isotope analysis. The role is to sequentially extract iron minerals from modern ferruginous and euxinic sediments and measure its iron isotope composition, and then to do a similar think on rocks from the geological record. There also will be an incubation of sediments to monitor the evolving iron isotopic composition of the sediment as conditions change from ferruginous to euxinic. The programme is funded by NERC and the PDRA is available for two years to 30 June 2023.

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant expertise in isotope geochemistry, preferably including column chemistry and MC-ICPMS metal stable isotope geochemistry. Expertise in wet chemistry sediment sample preparation labs is preferable. You will work as part of a wider team of geochemists and isotope geochemists interested in the preservation of geochemical signals across Earth's surface environment. Time will be spent during the postdoc at the University of Leeds for the sequential extraction of iron minerals.

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD and preferably some postdoctoral experience in a relevant area. They will have significant experience in geochemistry and paleoclimatology, good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, good IT and data handling skills, and preferably a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Further particulars and information at, you can use this link to apply online for this vacancy from the University's Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Dr Sasha Turchyn (

Please quote reference LB24190 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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The closing date is 22 May 2021

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Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK.

The University holds an institutional
Athena-SWAN silver award and the
department is a bronze award holder.

published: 03 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.