Research Assistant in Marine Clastic Sedimentology

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment
School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £26,495 to £31,604 p.a.
Working Time: 100%
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months due to external funding)
Closing Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017
Reference: ENVEE1191

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Would you like to support the development of relational databases of deep and shallow marine sedimentary architecture?

Working in the Shallow-Marine Research Group (SMRG) and Turbidites Research Group (TRG), you will be responsible for uploading information derived from the peer-reviewed literature and from independent research studies into the Deep Marine Architecture Knowledge Store (DMAKS) and the Shallow Marine Architecture Knowledge Store (SMAKS). DMAKS and SMAKS are two relational databases designed to host information on deep and shallow marine clastic systems, developed both as research tools for academic studies and as catalogues of geological analogues to clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs for industrial application. You will be required to read widely across the relevant peer-reviewed literature, to become familiar with the database standards, and to upload information from the literature into DMAKS and SMAKS to a reliably high standard.

You will have a Masterís degree in Earth Sciences, strong numerical and analytical skills with the ability to search and collate information, and effectively synthesise and summarise research outputs. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience of deep and shallow marine clastic systems and database experience would be advantageous.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Bill McCaffrey, Professor of Clastic Sedimentology
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6625, email:

posted: 19 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.