Research Associate in Petrology and Isotope Geochemistry

Salary: 33,797 - 40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Vacancy Number: 9164BR

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Applications are invited for a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded Research Associate position, forming part of the NERC Standard Grant HiDe - "A Highly Heterogeneous Depleted Mantle?"

Working with Dr Johan Lissenberg and Dr Marc-Alban Millet, the role of the Research Associate (RA) is to reconstruct the crystallisation history of plutonic rocks from the lower oceanic crust, and use the isotopic composition of their cumulus minerals to assess the heterogeneity of the oceanic upper mantle. The RA will work in the newly built state-of-the-art Cardiff Earth Laboratory for Trace Element and Isotope Chemistry (CELTIC) for all analytical work. The RA will benefit from being part of the School's Solid Earth Research group and the CELTIC team and their cutting-edge expertise in deep Earth processes and all types of petrology and geochemistry.

In addition to these duties, the RA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high-quality peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international conferences, develop outreach opportunities related to the HiDe project, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject. Expertise in petrology and/or isotope geochemistry is essential, but the RA is not required to have prior experience of working on oceanic magmatic systems.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). It is available from 1st January 2020 and fixed term for 36 months.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Johan Lissenberg, email:

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email:

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.

It is the University's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

To apply, please visit our website:

Closing date: Sunday 10 November 2019.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

posted: 10 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.