Research Associate - Experimental Characterisation of Copper Transport in Sedimentary Basins

Salary: £40,858 - £48,340 per annum
Location: South Kensington, London

Job Summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Novel Reservoir Monitoring, Modelling and Simulation (NORMS) Laboratory in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to work within a large multi-disciplinary research group, developing and applying advanced experimental techniques to problems of broad interest and significance in Earth Science. The post forms part of a large, cross-disciplinary and multi-institution research project (CuBES - Copper Basin Exploration Science - funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The overall aim of this large consortium project is to understand the processes within sedimentary basins that form copper ore deposits.

In this role, you will use experimental methods to investigate the flow of copper-rich fluids in sedimentary basins. Flow of such fluids and associated reaction with the surrounding rocks is a critically important part of the system that delivers copper to form ore bodies in sedimentary rocks, yet the coupled chemical and fluid dynamical processes that occur remain poorly understood. There is a significant gap in knowledge that will be explored within this project. Discovery and responsible exploitation of these copper deposits makes an essential contribution to the energy transition.

To be eligible for this position you must meet the following criteria:

  • You should possess a PhD, or equivalent, in a subject area such as Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Geoscience.
  • You should have experience in experimental procedures involving fluids, pumps and pressure vessels.
  • You should preferably have experience in flow experiments using porous materials such as rocks.
  • Experience of preparation and chemical analysis of brines would be advantageous.

Further Information

This is a fixed term post for up to 15 months.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Matthew D. Jackson (+44 20775946538 /

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Closing date: 05/06/2021

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posted: 28 April 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.