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Research Fellow in Sedimentary Geochemistry (2 year fixed term post)

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:

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


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that we will be able to offer above spine point 33 (£34,956)
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 2 years due to external funding)
Closing Date:  Friday 30 June 2017
Reference:  ENVEE1162
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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