Research Associate in Project SLOPE 5

£32,816 - 40,322 per annum (according to experience)
Fixed Term - Contract Duration :1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022
Ref: S&E-14822

The Stratigraphy Group is an industry and research council funded research group co-located at the Universities of Manchester and Leeds and involved in several large consortium projects on stratigraphic prediction. The SLOPE project has been running for 15 years, in 4 connected phases. The exciting, field-based research programme in Phase 5 is designed to critically test the predictive models developed in the Karoo Basin in basins of different tectonic setting, age and source-to-sink configuration, to assess their global applicability.

Sub-seismic characteristics of sand-body pinch-outs in a range of submarine slope settings will also be documents during the programme. Slope 5 involves major fieldwork in the California Borderlands basin of NW Mexico, with calibration studies in the Karoo. The project is led by Dr Ian Kane and Professor Stephen Flint (Manchester) and Professor David Hodgson (Leeds).

You will be responsible for working closely with the principal investigators and two PhD students to synthesise generic models within the Slope Phase 5 project and to lead on key components around stratigraphic trap characterization. You will be required to work to tight deadlines with extensive travel and fieldwork in remote areas.

You should have a first degree in geosciences and a PhD in clastic sedimentology/sequence stratigraphy/basin analysis. Skills required are detailed field observation and interpretation using process-based facies analysis linked to basin margin stratigraphic analysis, either an appreciation of subsurface data analysis or willingness to learn. You will be equally comfortable leading on key aspects of the project and being a team player, supporting and integrating other components within an international research team.

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Closing date: 2 December 2019 at midnight.

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