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Research Fellow


Location:  Avenue Campus
Salary:   £27,854 per annum
Full Time, 3 years Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Wednesday 30 October 2013
Interview Date:   Monday 16 December 2013
Reference:  308713F4

3 years, full time, fixed term from 30/3/2014

We are seeking to appoint a research Fellow to work on our NERC funded project: Dating the origins and development of Palaeolithic cave painting in Europe by U-series disequilibrium.  The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Southampton and Durham with project partners CINIEH (Burgos), the University of Barcelona and the University of the Basque Country as well as numerous individual collaborators in France, Spain and Italy.

The role includes working with our research group to design and take part in fieldwork campaigns to European Palaeolithic cave art sties to collect calcite samples for dating; the processing of samples in a clean laboratory, and the analysis of uranium-series isotopes using a Thermo Neptune ICP-MS.  Additional responsibilities include undertaking original research pertinent to the interpretation of the dating results; the dissemination of findings by taking the lead in, or working with our partners in preparing publication materials for referred journals; presentation of results at conferences, or exhibition of work at other appropriate events; contributing to the preparation of research grant bids, and various administrative task associated with the grant.  Limited supervision of graduate students may be required.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in Isotope Geochemistry, Scientific Archaeology or a closely related subject. S/he will have a detailed understanding of uranium-series dating, experience of working in a clean laboratory and operating a mass spectrometer, and can demonstrate the ability to present and publish scientific results. The candidate must be able to organise and plan their own research activities as well work collaboratively as part of an international team. Willingness to travel and participate in overseas fieldwork is essential, and therefore conversational Spanish, French or Italian would be an advantage as would experience in designing and running field based projects.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form by the above closing date at If you need any assistance, please call the Recruitment Team on +44 (0) 23 80593784. Please quote reference 308713F4 on all correspondence.

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

Further details:

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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