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Research Fellow


Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £30,942
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/04/2021)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 03 March 2020
Interview Date:   Thursday 19 March 2020
Reference:  1237520HN

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a Research Fellow in the Geochemistry Group of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton.  Our group comprises of more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students applying cutting edge geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance.  We have a world-class range of analytical equipment (including a state-of-the-art organic geochemical laboratory) and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields. 

This post is funded through a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to the University of Southampton entitled “DETECT: Destabilisation of the terrestrial biosphere in warm climates”. DETECT will investigate hydrological and carbon cycle feedbacks during past warm climates and was awarded to Dr. Gordon Inglis. 

The applicant’s role in this project will be to: (i) compile an “atlas” of existing hydroclimate data during the early Eocene Climatic Optimum (53 to 49 million years ago; Ma) and (ii) develop new hydroclimate records during the early Eocene Climatic Optimum (53 to 49 Ma) using terrestrial biomarkers. The latter will be achieved by analysing the hydrogen isotopic composition of leaf wax biomarkers. The applicant will also compare and validate their results alongside state-of-the-art isotope-enabled model simulations. 

The applicant should have a PhD (or equivalent) in geochemistry, earth science or paleoclimatology, and should have some experience of sample preparation, wet chemistry lab methodologies, sample purification (e.g. column chromatography) and hyphenated analytical techniques. Expertise in lipid biomarker analysis, gas chromatography isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-IRMS) and Cenozoic/Mesozoic palaeoclimatology would be beneficial. 

This post is a fixed-term appointment for one year. For further information about the Geochemistry group and related work at Southampton follow these links:

For further enquiries please contact Dr Gordon Inglis (

Applications for Research Fellow positions 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 successful completion of the PhD.   Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote vacancy reference number 1237520HN on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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