Research Fellow in Palaeoenvironmental Geochemistry

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment
School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: 32,548 to 38,833 p.a.
Working Time: 100%. Job share and flexible working will be considered
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 2 years due to external funding)
Closing Date: Monday 27 August 2018
Reference: ENVEE1267

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in geochemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research intensive Universities?

You will join a team of geochemists and biogeochemical modellers at the University of Leeds to work on a NERC funded project (North China craton: A unique window into Earth's middle age). You will work with Prof Simon Poulton and Dr Ben Mills to constrain ocean redox conditions and nutrient cycling through targeted portions of Proterozoic strata on the North China craton. The research at Leeds forms part of a larger project in collaboration with Prof Graham Shields and Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann at University College London.

You will be responsible for developing records of water column oxygenation, nutrient availability and sulphur cycling using a range of geochemical and stable isotopic techniques across this time interval. These data will be used to inform the biogeochemical modelling strand of the project, in order to understand environmental controls on the evolution of the Earth system during the mid-Proterozoic.

You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in the field of Earth, Environmental or Marine Sciences and have extensive experience of working in a geochemistry laboratory.You will also have knowledge of sedimentary geochemistry, and may have experience of applying sedimentary extraction techniques. Knowledge of iron-sulphur-carbon systematics, and trace metal and nutrient cycling in ancient marine systems is highly desirable. You will have evidence of a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: Professor Simon Poulton, Chair in Biogeochemistry and Earth History Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5237, email:

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