Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QPX

The Natural History Museum is one of the world's leading Museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

The Department of Earth Sciences hosts full-time researchers in anthropology, palaeontology, mineral and planetary sciences and economic and environmental earth sciences (EEES). It therefore has a spectrum of activity distinct from University departments that supports the Museum's mission to use its unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.

You will be responsible for the field collection of samples and the analysis and interpretation of whole rock and mineral chemistry data in collaboration with the project sponsor Quantum Pacific Exploration. You will conduct sample petrography of igneous rocks using optical and SEM-based techniques, mineral analyses by analytical SEM, electron microprobe and LA-ICP-MS, and will be responsible for a large sample throughput and the processing and collation of large datasets. You may also be involved in sample preparation where necessary.

To be successful in this role, you will have Fieldwork experience in different terrains and exposure to different cultures. A good knowledge of porphyry-type ore deposits, igneous petrology and petrogenetic modelling methods is a key requirement. With experience of managing and manipulating large dataset, you have the ability to write and produce reports, analyse complex data and make recommendations based upon your findings.

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Closing date: 9am, Monday 31 October 2016

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