Research Associate in Palaeoceanography
and Isotope Geochemistry

Vacancy Number: 11278BR

Applications are invited for a joint National Science Foundation (NSF US) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC UK) Research Associate position, between the institution of Cardiff University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) forming part of the funded project 'Constraining the oxic marine sink of novel metal isotope proxies to underpin paleoceanographic reconstructions'.

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University (CU) is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world's largest ocean research organization with access to a large number of research facilities and sea-going operations.

Working with Dr Morten Andersen (CU), Dr Kassandra Costa (WHOI), Dr. Ann Dunlea (WHOI) and Dr. Sune Nielsen (WHOI) the role of the Research Associate (RA) is to perform a global-scale investigation of the Mo, Tl, U and Zn isotope compositions of modern deep-sea oxic marine sediments for a detailed understanding of the isotopic compositions of the marine budget of these elements for paleoceanographic reconstructions. The RA will work in the state-of-the-art isotope facilities of Cardiff Earth Laboratory for Trace Element and Isotope Chemistry (CELTIC) and the Non-traditional Isotope Research on Various Advances Novel Applications (NIRVANA) laboratories at WHOI for all analytical work. At CU the RA will benefit from being part of the Cardiff Earth and Ocean Sciences School's Living Earth Research group and the CELTIC team and their cutting-edge expertise in paeloceanographic reconstructions and isotope analytical expertise. The cross-University project involves extended visits to WHOI, where the RA will have full access to scientific and community activities, as well as daily interaction with the WHOI PIs and other NIRVANA lab members.

In addition to these duties, the RA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality, present papers at national and international conferences, develop outreach opportunities related to the project, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject. Expertise in analytical geochemistry is essential and expertise in isotope geochemistry highly advantageous.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). It is available from, earliest convenience or latest 1st July 2021 and fixed term for 24 months.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Morten Andersen, email: or Dr. Sune Nielsen, email:

For further details about working at Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email:

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.

Date advert posted: Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Closing Date: Friday, 16 April 2021

It is the University's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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