Postdoctoral Research Assistant in
Metal Isotope Geochemistry

Location: Egham
Salary: £37,467 to £39,608 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Monday 24 October 2022
Reference: 1022-443
Full-Time, Fixed-Term (48 month contract)

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Metal Isotope Geochemistry. The post holder will join the UKRI-supported ERC Consolidator project ‘Disentangling the role of organic feedbacks on the global carbon cycle,’ led by Dr Alex Dickson, which aims to use inorganic isotope geochemistry to trace Earth’s ancient organic carbon cycle. The successful applicant will lead the exciting application of cadmium isotopes to trace the activity of the cadmium cycle across environmental change events spanning the last billion years.

The postholder will be encouraged to advise members of the DISTILL project team, which will include other Postdoctoral Research Assistants (PDRAs) and PhD students, as well as undergraduate and masters-level project students. They will have the opportunity to join one of the department’s new research centres, within which they will be supported to develop their own ideas for independent research. They will have the chance to attend international conferences and to travel to project partners to gather sample materials.

You should have experience measuring non-traditional isotopes using multi-collector ICP-MS, and/or thermal Ionisation mass spectrometry, and should be experienced in working in a clean laboratory environment. A knowledge of the global carbon cycle and mechanisms controlling past environmental change are also important for the role.

We offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing.
  • Free parking

The post is full time and for a 4 year fixed period. It is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Dr Alex Dickson at

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

As part of your online application, please ensure you attach a cover letter, CV, transcripts, and any relevant degree certificates

Please quote the reference: 1022-443

Closing Date: 23:59, 24 October 2022

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented at this level in the Department of Earth Sciences within Royal Holloway, University of London.

posted: 11 October 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.