Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in the Anglo American funded NL4D: Northern Limb 4 Dimensions project

College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences

This new full-time post is available from April 2021 on a fixed term basis until October 2023 in Camborne School of Mines.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in the Anglo American funded NL4D: Northern Limb 4 Dimensions project.

This industry-funded post is available from April 2021 until October 2023 (2.5 years). The project aims to better understand the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. A significant part of the Postdoctoral Fellow's role will be to synthesize existing and new technical data and models within a Mineral Systems Framework. This will include development of a four-dimensional geological model for the Northern Limb including aspects of magmatic emplacement stages, timing of mineralisation events, structural constraints on mineralisation, and the syn-/post-magmatic and fluid controls on the geometallurgy. This will be brought together for visualisation and predictive capabilities to improve geological understanding and exploration. The successful applicant will:

  • Build 3D geological model(s) and contribute to algorithmic modelling for predictive targeting.
  • Have a good working knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) and 3D modelling and visualisation.
  • Have experience in geostatistics and geodatabase management.
  • Have working knowledge of remote sensing data sets, geochemistry, geological mapping, structural geology, core logging and other exploration and mining geology data types.
  • Take part in field work, mine site and industry collaborator visits.
  • Publish the results in peer-reviewed journal articles, industry workshops and international conferences.

The project will benefit from the world-class facilities at the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter. CSM is a world-leading Mining and Geoscience Department with a history dating back more than 125 years. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with the research team (led by Anglo American and 3 academic institutions (University of Exeter, Cardiff University and University of Leicester), 3 PhD students, another postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University, and numerous early-career researchers at MSc/MGeol level), attend national and international conferences and write peer-reviewed scientific articles.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of making and giving presentations at conferences, to industry and academic partners, and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will have a record of accomplishment in GIS, geospatial modelling, or machine learning in geoscience or the mining industry. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment above.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall

Further Information

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Dr Hannah Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Exploration and Mining Geology, telephone (+44(0)1326 253614), email

To apply please go to this page and enter P75449 into the 'key word' search.

posted: 09 February 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.