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Research Associate in Micropaleontology
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-019756

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/09/2022

Salary: £34,308 to £35,333 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Earth & Environmental Sciences

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 31 October 2022 until 30 June 2023

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Recently discovered contourite-like drifts of sediment in seismic reflection records of the lower Plio-Pleistocene in the Red Sea (Mitchell et al., 2019) suggest the exciting possibility that deep-waters were much more mobile than they are at present.  That water movement may have been due to more vigorous exchange with the Indian Ocean and/or to wind-driven currents reaching the seabed, at a time when the basin was shallower.  If the former, the Red Sea would have supplied the Indian Ocean with more water densified by evaporation.  A vigorous exchange may even have implications for dispersions of mammals from Africa, including early Hominids, as it would disfavour the southern route through the Bab el Mandeb Strait.

We require a strongly motivated postdoctoral researcher to investigate changes in the Red Sea using sedimentary samples obtained from the Deep-Sea Drilling Project core repository.  You will work with Professor Michael Kaminksi of the KFUPM who is an expert in Indian Ocean foraminiferal fauna and with Professor Ian Hall who is an expert in using silt grain size measurements to characterize changes in bottom water flow.  The project will involve a visit to the European Micropalaeontology Reference Centre in Krakow, Poland to become familiar with Indian Ocean fauna.  In a visit to Cardiff University, samples will be prepared and analysed for sortable silt and 18O/16O.  The results will have broad interest and lead to multiple research articles.

Candidates should have experience of identifying foraminiferal species and of working on samples in the laboratory, although other similar experience will be considered.  Please contact the project PI Dr Neil Mitchell for more details.  The project is funded by the NERC Global Partnerships Seedcorn programme, which requires the project to start by the end of October 2022.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered           

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