Job reference: SAE-021850
Salary: £35,308 to £43,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Oxford Road
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Hours Per Week: Full Time
Closing date: 29/05/2023
Contract Duration: From 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2026
School/Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Job Description

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences seeks to appoint TWO post-doctoral research associates to work on the NERC-funded “MV4D” project (Magmatic volatiles in the fourth dimension) awarded to the University of Manchester. These positions are available from 01/09/23 until 31/08/26.

The MV4D project aims to resolve the volatile signatures and inventories of distinctive mantle sources that feed major basaltic eruptions. The successful applicants will develop, test and apply new 3D physical and chemical imaging techniques of crystal-hosted melt and fluid inclusions; quantify volatile partitioning between glass, fluid and non-silicate phases; and construct high-resolution time series of melt volatile contents and mantle volatile sources for target eruptions including Fagradalsfjall (Iceland) and Tajogaite (La Palma).

The successful applicants will work alongside project PI, Dr Margaret Hartley, and members of the volcanology and magmatic petrology groups at the University of Manchester (Dr David Neave, Dr Margherita Polacci, Prof Ray Burgess, Prof Mike Burton) and the University of Liverpool (Dr Katy Chamberlain). They will liaise with and visit project partners at the University of Iceland (Reykjavik) and INVOLCAN (Canary Islands) to conduct field studies and acquire samples for physical and chemical analysis.

Both positions will include working towards the objectives of the MV4D project, overseas travel to project partners, presenting project results at national and international conferences, and writing papers for publication in research journals.

The successful applicants will have a PhD (or be nearing completion of a PhD) or equivalent qualification/experience in Earth Science or a related field of study. They will be nationally recognised authorities in magmatic petrology, geochemistry, volcanology, or another relevant field, and have a publication track record commensurate to their career stage. They will have sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop the research programme and to establish new analytical and computational methodologies. They will be able to work independently; collaborate with the wider research team; and act as a leader when required.

Applicants will ideally have experience in one or more of the following: conducting geochemical microanalysis of geological samples; working with magmatic volatile datasets; analysis and interpretation of 3D imaging datasets; writing computational models such as machine learning algorithms. However, all training can be provided.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Further Particulars for full details of these roles.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is committed to creating an inclusive working culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive. The School of Natural Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award recognising good practice with respect to flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and supporting staff to achieve a good work-life balance. Blended and flexible working arrangements may be considered. We particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented within our research community. Appointments will always be made on merit.

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Blended working arrangements may be considered              

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Name: Dr Margaret Hartley


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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