College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

P71694 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

This NERC funded post is available from 15 August 2020 to 14 August 2023 to participate in the NERC Large Grant: 'Legacy Wastes in the Coastal Zone: Environmental Risks and Management Futures' (2020-2024).

The post

Through direct disposal of wastes within the coastal zone, and via downstream transport of more distal upstream material, the UK has considerable environmental pollution legacies in coastal water bodies from historical waste deposits. These wastes pose risks to the environment, human health and can have significant current and future economic implications. The project will undertake a coordinated approach to comprehensively investigate the spatial extent, characteristics, and physical and biogeochemical behaviour of municipal and industrial legacy wastes across the UK.

You will carry out sampling of legacy waste samples from representative sites in the UK, conduct geochemical, mineralogy and spectroscopic characterisation of these samples, carry out experiments to evaluate contaminant mobility during wetting-drying cycles and at the freshwater-seawater interface.

The project will benefit from the world-class facilities both at the Camborne School of Mines and the Environment & Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter.

About you

Applicants will:

  • possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
  • be a nationally recognised authority in a related subject (ideally Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy)
  • possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies
  • be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required
  • be able to conduct geochemical, mineralogical and spectroscopic analysis and related experiments using ICP-MS, ICP-OES, IC, XRD, SEM-EDS, QEMSCAN, EPMA, µ-CT, XRF and pXRF, write scientific manuscripts, give presentations, engage with stakeholders and learn new techniques

The University of Exeter

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we're fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

The starting salary will be from £35,845 up to £46,718 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

Further information

Please contact Karen Hudson-Edwards, or (01326) 259489.

Interviews are expected to take place the week beginning 20 April.

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