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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A postdoctoral researcher with expertise in tephrochronology is sought to collaborate on this NERC-funded multi-institutional research grant. DeepCHALLA-UK is part of the wider "DeepCHALLA" project of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme ( The project aims to reconstruct East African climate change and environmental history over the past 250,000 years, from a ~214 m lake sediment core retrieved from Lake Challa, lying on the Kenyan-Tanzanian border.

The researcher will be based in the new Cambridge Tephra Laboratory, in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, and supervised by Professor Christine Lane. The postholder will carry out tephrochronological research on the Lake Challa sediment sequence, contributing to the construction of a multi-method chronology. This will involve the study of visible tephra layers, the detection of cryptotephras, geochemical analysis of tephra glass shards and data interpretation. The role will involve liaising with other postdocs and investigators working on complementary proxy datasets and contributing to the dissemination of research findings in project meetings, publications and conference presentations.

The candidate will possess an excellent academic track record along with a degree in a relevant area as well as having completed a PhD in Quaternary Science, Volcanology, Palaeoclimatology or a closely-related research domain. They must be self-motivated, have excellent organisational and communication skills as well as extensive relevant laboratory research experience. Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

The post should start around, or just after, 1st June 2017, in time to participate in a two-week core sampling party at the University of Ghent. The position is 37 hours per week (100%) - but applications for those wishing to work less than full-time (minimum of 75% upwards) will be considered.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place w/c 1st May 2017.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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