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Research Associate - structure and geochemistry of metastable carbonate minerals (Fixed Term)


The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, is seeking a post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) to study the structure and geochemistry of carbonate minerals. The role is to synthesise metastable carbonate minerals, characterise their structure and phase transformations, and analyse their geochemistry. Mineral geochemistry will be combined with quantitative models to constrain trace element incorporation mechanisms in carbonates, which will be interpreted in the context of the carbonate geochemical record. The position is for one year, and is funded by the Isaac Newton Trust. Ideally the candidate would start in June 2020.

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant expertise in conducting mineral precipitation experiments, and mineralogical and geochemical analyses. Experience of preparing samples for geochemical analysis in trace-metal clean labs, as well as strong computational analytical skills are desirable. You will work as part of a wider team studying carbonate geochemistry and biomineralisation mechanisms, and conduct experiments that will advance our understanding of the control of mineral precipitation by biological processes.

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD and preferably some postdoctoral experience in a relevant area. They will have significant experience in geochemistry and mineralogy, good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, strong IT and data handling skills, and preferably a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

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Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Oscar Branson (ob266@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LB21948 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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