4.5 Year Postdoctoral Research position in Marine Geoscience

Funded Programme: EU Horizon 2020: Technology based impact assessment tool for sustaInable, transparent Deep Sea Mining exploration and exploitation (TRIDENT)

Project Line Manager: Professor Andy Wheeler, Professor of Geology, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland

Project description: We are looking for a post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) to join the UCC Marine Geosciences Research Group (https://www.ucc.ie/en/marinegeology/) to play a key role in the TRIDENT programme. TRIDENT is tasked with developing technologies and recommended protocols within the European context for managing and monitoring (in real time) the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining. The PDRA will be involved throughout the lifetime of the project focussing on the development of an environmental baseline assessment of the simulated deep sea mining test site on Tropic Seamount, offshore Mauritania; advancing our understanding of the geological and benthic boundary background environmental processes at Tropic Seamount which possesses cobalt crusts and ferromanganese nodules, assessing the environmental impact of simulated mining against the baseline and improving environmental baseline draft recommendations.

Position Description: This 4.5-year full-time PDRA position research position will assist Prof Wheeler in fulfilling UCC's obligation in the TRIDENT project and will be assisted by an additional PhD studentship to be appointed. The successful candidate will be an employee at University College Cork, starting as soon as possible, with a salary of €41,207 to €47,477(depending on experience) with annual incremental pay rises up to the top salary point.

The candidate will drive the UCC TRIDENT research agenda, under direction of Prof. Wheeler, assist in PhD supervision, network and collaborate across the TRIDENT programme and beyond, plan and execute shiptime surveys including Little MonSta lander deployments and ROV survey, data analysis and publications.

Candidate Experience: The candidate should have PhD in Marine Geosciences or equivalent and a research interest/experience in deep-sea mining and its impacts. Experience with marine geological and hydrodynamics data analysis is essential. The candidate should be a team player, fluent in English and demonstrate an ability to develop a significant research career.

Application: Please e-mail a CV and a cover letter (stating Job Title) outlining your experience and motivation to Professor Andy Wheeler (a.wheeler@ucc.ie). Enquiries to a.wheeler@ucc.ie. Closing date for application is 24th February 2023.

posted: 27 January 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.