Postdoctoral Researcher, BHP HGHP Project

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.

Our Department of Earth Sciences hosts researchers in anthropology, palaeontology, mineral and planetary sciences, and economic and environmental earth sciences (EEES). It therefore has a spectrum of activity distinct from University departments that supports the museum's mission to use its unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the wo rld today.

About the role

This role is fully-funded by BHP Minerals. We are seeking a creative and experienced geoscientist to join the London Centre for Ore Deposits and Exploration (LODE) research group to work on this exciting project investigating the genesis of high grade hypogene porphyry-copper deposits. The research will combine detailed characterisation of mineralogy and mineral chemistry from a variety of study sites with the development of tools for the recognition of high-grade ore signatures using machine learning techniques.

You will be responsible for the field collection of samples and the analysis and interpretation of whole rock, mineral assemblage and mineral chemistry data. You will conduct sample petrography of altered and variably mineralized rocks from a variety of porphyry systems.

Whole rock geochemistry, optical and SEM-based techniques (including automated SEM), and mineral analyses by analytical SEM, electron microprobe and LA-ICP-MS will be used to characterize and interpret whole rock petrology and mineral chemistry in order to quantify mass transfer and mi neralogical changes during alteration-mineralization. You will be responsible for a large sample throughput, the processing and collation of large datasets and may also be involved in sample preparation where necessary. Meticulous attention to detail is required even for routine work.

The role will necessitate working to tight deadlines with strict reporting requirements to BHP and the wider project consortium involving written reports, presentations and knowledge exchange.

This role will be challenging but offers an exceptional opportunity to be involved in this frontier field of exploration geochemistry, interfacing with international academic collaborators and the minerals industry, and operating within an award-winning team.

About you

We are looking to recruit someone who not only wishes to understand co mplex hydrothermal processes but who also has a pragmatic outlook and is keen to be involved in the development of effective tools to discriminate high grade ore domains in support of BHP's exploration efforts.

You will be a driven individual who works well under your own initiative but can also engage effectively with colleagues.Experience of working and communicating with industry professionals would be an advantage. You will bring with you a strong conference presentation and publication record.

Fixed Term Contract: 23 months
Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 6th January 2021
Interviews expected 14th-15th January 2021

If a role appeals to you, please apply online via the Natural History Museum's careers portal at

posted: 14 December 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.