Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: Geography
Grade: Grade 7
Term: 12-month Fixed Term Contract
Salary Range: £33,797 pa

The Department of Geography at Durham University seeks to appoint a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Modelling CO2 Release by Shale Weathering to join the research team led by Professor Bob Hilton as part of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded 5 year project "ROC-CO2". The post is fixed term for 1 year.

The ROC-CO2 project (Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by Rock-derived Organic Carbon oxidation) aims to quantify the rates and controls on the CO2 release by chemical weathering of organic carbon in sedimentary rocks, which is a major component of the geological carbon cycle (see for further information). One way in which this aim will be met is by developing and applying empirical- and numerical- models to explore chemical weathering rates across a range of scales, from weathering profiles to the continental scale.

The applicant will have experience of modelling chemical weathering processes. Please see full list additional responsibilities and the personal specification provided below.

The successful applicant will join the ERC-funded ROC-CO2 team, which involves Hilton, a PDRA and two PhD students at Durham and an internationally-recognized group of researchers in the Department of Geography and Durham Geochemistry Centre. The appointee will be expected to be involved in the intellectual development of the project, the authorship of publications with the Principal Investigator, as well as participating in a range of dissemination activities including conferences.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Bob Hilton (, 00 44 191 33 41970). All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence

Closing Date: 01 October 2019 at midday

published: 03 September 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.