Research Associate - Inception, growth and decay of
the British-Irish Ice Sheet

School: School of Geography and Environmental Science
Campus: Coleraine
Salary: £29,636 - £33,331
Fixed term until 31/08/2023
Closing Date: Wednesday 31 August 2022 at 23:59
Reference Number: 014182


We are a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement, making a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.

Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.


The postholder will work on a 12-month research project awarded by UKRI-NERC to Dr S. Benetti (PI) in collaboration with Durham University and the University of Brighton. The aim of the project is to identify drilling sites for an IODP (International Ocean Discovery Programme) proposal focused on the reconstruction of the inception, growth and decay of the British-Irish Ice Sheet (BIIS) during the Cenozoic.


  • Hold a completed (or near completion) PhD in Geology, Marine Geology, Marine Geosciences, Geophysics or a related subject area
  • Have a good knowledge of seismic interpretation software


  • Competitive salary
  • Generous annual leave entitlement promoting a healthy work/life balance - plus an additional 15 days per year when the university is closed
  • Enrolment in USS pension scheme - employer contribution of 21.1%
  • An environment that supports flexible working and allows you to balance both work and home life
  • An open and inclusive environment that celebrates and welcomes diversity
  • Onsite and discounted sports/gym facilities (3 months free gym membership at either the Jordanstown, Coleraine or Magee Campus)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Exposure to the very latest in cutting-edge technologies including Dell, Aruba, Checkpoint and Avaya, feeding your passion for IT
  • Autonomy in your role to make impactful decisions and changes to company processes

The School of Geography & Environmental Sciences holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing Gender equality. You can read more about what this means at our University website.

The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working.

We intend to create a 12-month waiting list for same or similar roles within the University.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community, particularly from those with disabilities. Appointment will be made on merit.

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