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Research Fellow in Microbial Catalyses of CO2 Sequestration with Mine Wastes

Marine Biogeochemistry

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £30,942 to £32,817 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 11 months
Closing Date:  Friday 04 December 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1306420HN

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work within an ongoing project funded as part of a UK research programme on greenhouse gas removal. The researcher will characterise microbial communities inhabiting mine waste materials produced by platinum group element mining; and identify species/strains with abilities to enhance the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) by these waste materials. You will conduct laboratory culture experiments using mine waste materials previously collected at a South African mine site, to test engineering solutions for enhancing rates of COremoval. The position is based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, which is located in a purpose-built waterfront campus that is a collaborative research centre between NERC and the University of Southampton. 

The successful applicant will work closely with other researchers in this project, including geochemists, engineers and industrial partners, to deliver an integrated life cycle analysis of the feasibility of using mine wastes to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The successful applicant must have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in geomicrobiology and biogeochemistry.They are expected to have considerable experience in microbiological culturing and preferably also molecular biological analyses and bioimaging. Well-developed time-management skills and the ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing are also essential. The applicant will work within Ocean and Earth Science under the guidance of the award holders, and in close collaboration with other project partners, both in the UK and internationally. 

The post is full time fixed term for 11 months and available immediately.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. Phyllis Lam (

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 email or call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on 02380 592750. Please quote reference 1306420HN on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Ocean and Earth Sciences

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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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