Post-doctoral research associate - petrogenesis of
REE-rich magmatic systems (Fixed Term)

We are inviting applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to join the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship funded project, 'A process-based understanding of rare-earth element deposits' (PI Owen Weller, Co-I Charlie Beard). This project aims to develop a systems-based understanding of the most important primary sources of rare-earth elements (REEs): carbonatites and alkaline igneous rocks. A specific goal of the project is to quantify the geodynamic and magmatic controls on the enrichment and transport of their contained REEs, with a view to streamline exploration for associated mineralisation.

The position is available starting from October 1 2022 for a period of 3.5 years. The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge and will join a supportive research community with expertise in petrology, thermodynamic modelling, and a range of microanalytical techniques. The research will involve multi-scale geochemical characterisation of targeted carbonatite and alkaline igneous systems by a range of microanalytical techniques, including laser ablation mapping, integrated with field and petrographic observations. Based on these data, and using a variety of modelling approaches, the aim will be to understand the magmatic evolution of the targeted systems, and the controls on their REE concentrations. The project will involve numerous opportunities for the candidate to learn new skills and to travel for collaborations, conferences, and fieldwork.

Applicants should have, or be in the final stages of completing, a Ph.D. in igneous petrology or any closely related field. Although training in relevant techniques will be provided, experience of analysing suites of igneous rocks to determine magmatic evolution in a geodynamic context will be beneficial. Depending on career stage and opportunities, the successful candidate will also have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals and presentations at conferences. They should also have good communication and numerical skills and be able to demonstrate scientific independence and initiative. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years from October 1 2022.

Further particulars and information at you can use this link to apply online for this vacancy from the University's Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquires about the position should be made to Owen Weller ( and Charlie Beard ( Should you have any questions about the application process itself, please contact

Please quote reference LB30883 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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The closing date is 20 May 2022.

See also our websites, Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK.

The University holds an institutional
Athena-SWAN silver award and the
department is a bronze award holder.

published: 11 April 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.