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School of Earth and Environment

Research Fellow in Sedimentary Geochemistry

Fixed term for 2 years due to external funding

Grade 7

Salary £32,004 - £38,183 Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that we will be able to offer above spine point 33 (£34,956)

Closing date Friday 30th June 2017

Reference ENVEE1162

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in geochemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will join a large team of geochemists, palaeontologists and modellers at Leeds who have recently received NERC funding to investigate the origin of the terrestrial mass extinction at the end of the Permian. This project is a component of a larger NERC Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience programme, jointly funded with the National Science Foundation China.

You will test the contribution of ozone depletion and enhanced UV-B damage to the terrestrial extinction by examining the terrestrial minor sulphur and sulphate-oxygen isotope record to look for evidence of mass-independent fractionation. The work will be led by Dr Rob Newton and take place both in the Cohen Geochemistry Laboratories at Leeds and in the laboratories of project partners. In addition to the laboratory analyses, you will also be expected to participate in sample collection in China.

You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in the field of Earth, Environmental or Marine Sciences or a closely allied discipline and have extensive experience of working in a geochemistry laboratory. You will also have extensive knowledge of sedimentary geochemistry, and of applying sedimentary extraction techniques. Knowledge of the sulphur-iron-carbon systematics of sedimentary systems is desirable. You will show a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Rob Newton, Associate Professor of Earth Surface Geochemistry
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7981, email: r.j.newton(at)

Professor Paul Wignall, Professor of Palaeoenvironments
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5247, email: P.B.Wignall(at)

For more information and to apply:

Research Administrator: Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability

Are you an enthusiastic individual with excellent administrative skills? Do you have experience of providing support to major research projects? Do you want to work in a team providing support to a portfolio of energy, climate change and sustainability centres and projects?

As a highly motivated and skilled administrator you will join our research support team in the School of Earth and Environment to provide effective administration support for the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIEM-MAP) and related energy, climate and sustainability related projects in the Sustainability Research Institute. You will act as the first point of contact for collaborators, assisting and advising on administration matters. You will arrange and deliver events, collate and disseminate information and documentation, coordinate recruitment activities and monitor budgets.

You will work closely with key managerial, academic and research staff and PhD students so you will have excellent communications skills, with the ability to show tact, discretion and diplomacy as necessary. You will have experience of project administration, of organising meeting and events and of working with financial information. You will have a proactive and positive approach to work, be highly organised and able to work on a variety of tasks simultaneously and adapt rapidly to different ways of working.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Margo Hanson, Research Manager: Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 6817, email: M.Hanson(at)

Grade 5

Working Time: 24.5 hours per week

Fixed Term (until 29 June 2018 due to external funding)

Reference: ENVEE1161

Closing Date: Thursday 15 June 2017

For more information and to apply: University job page