Department of Earth Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
in Gas Geochemistry

Salary: Grade 7: 31,604- 38,833 per annum
Contract: 2 Year Fixed Term (full-time)

The department seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work under Professor Chris Ballentine. The project that the Research Assistant will be working on revolves around native Hydrogen gas which can be found in distinct geological contexts. The hydrogen gas plays a fundamental role in the deep biosphere carbon cycle and could be an alternative clean societal energy source. This project requires a postdoctoral scientist to collect samples from the field in the Sao Francisco basin in Brazil. From the interpretation of noble gas and stable isotope analysis, this project will contribute to our understanding of subsurface hydrogen gas generation and transport mechanisms. The succesful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in geochemistry or a related subject at the time of starting the post, an excellent publication track record, experience in a gas or wet geochemistry laboratory environment, and experience working as part of a team. This project is funded by Total in collaboration with the University of Toronto. Reporting will be through project team meetings, presentations at international conferences and publication of scientifica papers.

The deadline for applications is midday on 1st June 2018.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: and search by vacancy number 134737.

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The Department of Earth Sciences is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. The University of Oxford is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

posted: 02 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.