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Research Fellow


Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £28,982 to £33,574 per annum
Full Time, Fixed Term for 3 years
Closing Date:  Monday 20 June 2016
Interview Date:   Tuesday 05 July 2016
Reference:  743416HN

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a post-doctoral 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 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 a Leverhulme Trust proposal to the University of Southampton led by Professor Gavin Foster entitled “The nature and consequences of historic and future Ocean Acidification; insights from boron isotopes in corals” and involves researchers at the University of Southampton, Heriot-Watt University, University of Hawaii and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.  The applicant’s role in this multi-disciplinary project will be to: (i) generate records of ocean pH over the last 100 years using boron isotopes in tropical corals; and (ii) improve our understanding of boron isotope vital effects and coral calcification using a series of novel culture and field experiments.

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in either chemistry, geochemistry or isotope geochemistry and some experience of sample preparation, clean lab methodologies, elemental purification using column chromatography, and analysis using (multi-collector) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.  Some experience with boron isotope geochemistry would also be beneficial.  This position will also involve field work to Bermuda and/or Hawaii. 

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.

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

For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (

The University of Southampton and Ocean and Earth Science hold Athena Swan Bronze Awards demonstrating commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. 

The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit in with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. We would, therefore, consider requests to undertake this role on a part-time or a flexible working basis.  Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.

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 Maxine Parker (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3784. Please quote reference 743416HN on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Ocean and Earth Sciences

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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