Postdoctoral Research Assistant in River Geochemistry

Department of Earth Sciences
Grade 7: £33,309 - £37,467 per annum
Fixed term for up to 18 months
Vacancy ID: 156152

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, seeks to appoint full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in River Geochemistry. The post holder will report to the Principal Investigator Prof. Robert Hilton on a project funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

The post holder will use the trace element geochemistry of river water and sediments to explore pressing environmental questions. Depending on the experience and expertise of the applicant, the research theme will tackle either: i) trace element proxies of oxidative weathering, which acts as CO2 source when sulfide minerals and organic matter in rocks are weathered; ii) mobility of trace metals in high latitude catchments as a tracer of changing hydrological pathways under permafrost thaw; or iii) anthropogenic perturbation of metal cycles and their cascade through river catchments.

The post holder will join a team working with Prof. Hilton on this theme at Oxford, comprising a NERC-funded PDRA and PhD student working on isotope geochemistry, an ERC-funded team working on greenhouse gas release from river surfaces, while also having the opportunity to interact and develop collaborations with a wider range of academics working on sedimentary geochemistry in the Department. The research will be carried out in the leading clean laboratory facilities and cutting-edge triple quadrupole ICP-MS at Oxford.

The post holder will be responsible for managing their own academic research and administrative tasks, while also providing guidance to less experienced members of the research group. The post holder will be responsible for using specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment and will manage associated tasks.

The post holder will hold, or be close to completion of a relevant PhD/DPhil, together with relevant experience. They will possess sufficient knowledge in the discipline, and have demonstrable geochemical skills in the preparation of samples for elemental analysis. The post holder will also have experience of measuring major and trace element concentrations in natural sediment and/or water samples. They will have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication and present research proposals and results.

For further details of the role please see the job description.

The deadline for applications is midday on 25 April 2022. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

posted: 11 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.