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Research Fellow


Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £30,942 to £35,845 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (4 years)
Closing Date:  Friday 24 July 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1272120HN

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a Research Fellow in the Geochemistry Group of the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton.   Our group consists 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 and associated clean laboratories and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields from the geological to the medical.  

This post is funded through an ERC Advanced Grant to Professor Gavin Foster entitled “From microns to reefs: mechanistic insights into coral biomineralisation and the fate of coral reefs”.  The project involves a number of researchers from across the University of Southampton and aims to better understand the future of coral reefs in the face of anthropogenic change by building a mechanistic understanding of coral calcification.  For more details see this webpage:

The applicant’s role in this multi-disciplinary project will be to: (i) work with a leading mass spectrometry company to develop technological solutions to improve the accuracy of boron isotope measurements in marine carbonates by laser ablation multicollector inductively plasma mass spectrometry; (ii) improve methodologies to generate precise and accurate 2D (and 3D) maps of the boron isotopic and trace element composition of coral skeletons; (iii) develop methodologies for 2D mapping of the organic content of coral skeletons using Raman spectroscopy and coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) imaging; (iv) use these novel techniques to analyse a range of samples of various species of coral grown under controlled conditions in The Coral Reef Laboratory ( to improve our understanding of coral biomineralisation.

The applicant should have a *PhD (or equivalent) in either chemistry, geochemistry or isotope geochemistry and should be an advanced user of multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers.  Some experience with laser ablation and Raman techniques and thorough understanding of boron isotope geochemistry and coral biomerinalisation would also be beneficial.  

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

For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (

*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 online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456. Please quote reference 1272120HN on all correspondence.

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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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