Research Fellow

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in ice core geochemistry and past greenhouse gas variability. The successful candidate is to be employed by Northumbria University to work as a researcher on the Royal Society funded project ‘Augmenting ice core records with continuous histories of CO2, CH4 and N2O” (RGF\EA\181047). The Postdoctoral Researcher will develop methods to measure the concentration and isotopic composition of atmospheric gases trapped in polar ice cores. The successful candidate will work closely with researchers at the British Antarctic Survey, University of Bern and Oregon State University to generate new data on existing Antarctic ice cores and will be expected to disseminate the results in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences.


The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge in geochemistry with an emphasis on stable isotope mass spectrometry. Experience in Quaternary Science, greenhouse gas biogeochemistry, ice core gas geochemistry and other palaeoclimate methods is desirable.


Candidates will be expected to disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed publications and/or international conferences.  Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or close to completion) in Earth Science, Geology, Physical Geography, Atmospheric Chemistry or related discipline.


The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences currently hosts excellent research laboratories with analytical equipment and palaeoenvironmental facilities that are maintained and operated by three full-time technical staff. A state-of-the-art new ice core facility with additional stable isotope mass spectrometry capability is being constructed within the Department. The candidate will join a vibrant group of researchers based at Northumbria with expertise in polar science and extreme environments. Further details about the research group can be found here:


The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences encourages a collaborative and supportive working environment through in-work socialisation and self-supporting events for career advancement.


Northumbria University is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, a city that boasts a friendly culture, rich history, and vibrant arts scene. At your doorstep you can find the beaches along the Northumberland Coast and the hills of Northumberland National Park.


For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Thomas Bauska at (tel: +44 (0)191 227 3811)


To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article.


Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.


Please note this vacancy will close on 05/03/2019

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