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Research Fellow in Marine Trace Metal Biogeochemistry

Marine Biogeochemistry

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £29,301 to £32,958
Full Time, Fixed Term (End Date 03/09/2019)
Closing Date:   Tuesday 06 June 2017
Interview Date:   Thursday 15 June 2017
Reference:  867917HN

NERC Grant: The impact of Mid-Ocean Ridges on the ocean’s iron cycle (FRidge)

This position is available from 4thof September 2017

We have an exciting opportunity for researchers to join our study of ‘The impact of Mid-Ocean Ridges on the ocean’s iron cycle’ (FRidge). Recently funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), FRidge is a UK-based multi-institutional project, with strong collaborative links to partners at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (USA) and at the University of Minnesota (USA). Our aim is to combine novel observational and modelling experiments to investigate both the longevity of hydrothermal iron plumes and examine how the ridge affects the vertical mixing of iron. This project is part of international GEOTRACES program. We have funding for a 2-year postdoctoral researcher available from September 2017 at the University of Southampton. 

This post at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton requires experience in trace metal ocean biogeochemistry. The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Maeve Lohan as well as with Dr Alessandro Tagliabue. You will be responsible for the measurements of the physicochemical speciation of dissolved and particulate iron, manganese and aluminium and will participate on a research cruise in Winter 2017/2018 to collect samples.

At University of Southampton, you will have access to a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and instruments, allowing you to undertake trace element speciation and isotope dilution ICP-MS work.

The applicant should have a PhD (or equivalent) in biogeochemical or chemical oceanography along with a publication record appropriate to your research experience. You will have experience of sample collection at sea, clean lab methodologies and analysis of dissolved trace elements. You will be expected to play a full role in the timely write-up and publication of the results, including participation in national and international ocean sciences conferences.

For further enquiries please contact Prof. Maeve Lohan (

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, please contact Anastasia Shikhareva on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote vacancy reference number 867917HN on all correspondence.

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